Fairfield trustees to review future road work

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Trustees will meet with the Columbiana County engineer today to discuss how Issue II money can be best used on township roads next year.

Trustee Co-chairman Barry Miner addressed the plan during Thursday’s meeting, noting that Road Supervisor Mel Miller has “a few ideas.”

Miner said the money should be spent where they can “get the best bang for the buck” noting Lower Elton Road from Crestview Road to state Route 558 is being considered.

The cost would be about $200,000, Miner said and Trustee John Garwood asked when old state Route 14 was last worked on and Miller said it was hot patched a couple of years ago.

In other business, the township cleanup is set for 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and Miner said two dumpsters will be delivered on Wednesday and picked up on the following Monday.

He also advised the board, which was absent Trustee Bob Hum, on the progress for the description of the road supervisor’s position.

Trustees also approved a purchase order for $299.99 for a digital recorder to replace the cassette unit that Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster has used to record meetings for years.

Miller’s brother, Daryl, is the technical advisor for the township and advised of new system that would record an area 60 by 60-feet.

Miner said. “I think it would be beneficial and we should have that technology.”

Mel Miller said Daryl looked at a unit that was available from Martel Electronics, a California company that offers court reporting equipment and dictation/transcription machines. Its customers include the FBI, Cisco and Apple.

Miller said, “He looked it over and thought it would be right on target” and trustees approved a purchase order for the equipment.

Miller said the road department has continued ditching in problem areas throughout the township and a new exhaust and speed transmitter were installed on the 2006 International truck.

The biggest thing, Miller said, was Norfolk Southern Railroad had the Creek Road crossing closed for tree removal and a number of ash trees and hollowed out maples were removed.

Miner said it looked good there and Miller said they placed a cross-culvert under Creek Road.

“There used to be a culvert there,” he said, “but I haven’t seen it.”

In other business, state Rep. Tim Ginter advised trustees of staff changes at his Columbus office, committees he chairs and sits on, bills he has gotten passed and five bills in the legislative process and 10 potential bills that he will place before the house.

He spoke about House Bill 231 regarding a new type of lockable pill bottle that is intended to replace old bottles used since the 1970s that can contain everything up to the equivalency of heroin.

He said the new bottles will indicate when they’ve been opened and that led to a discussion of fentanyl and carfentinal, two powerful synthetic drugs fueling the opiod crisis.

Ginter said fentanyl is 40 times stronger than heroin and “it’s pushing heroin out of the county.”

He noted that carfentinel, the size of a snowflake, can kill a person and lawmakers are looking to decrease the felony amount of fentanyl to one gram, the same as for heroin, and make it a third-degree felony.

A number of other issues were discussed and Miner noted that past state representatives have come and gone, “but you keep coming back.”