Crestview eyes water line for NW water

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP

Trustee John Garwood said Thursday the Crestview School District is looking at buying water from New Waterford and exploring grant money for a waterline to tap into village lines. He said the school treasurer would like to meet with trustees.

“Right out of the gate,” Garwood said, there would be no mandatory tap-ins, but Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said “that’s assuming” the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency lets them do it that way.

Garwood said he talked with the Crestview superintendent regarding the issue.

New Waterford has just began phase one of a multi-million dollar water distribution project that includes plant upgrades and water line replacement throughout the village.

The upgrades to the entire system began earlier this month and the village is also looking at opening a new well.

Garwood said he also spoke with Sheriff Ray Stone to explore the possibility of hiring a deputy in an “attempt to get extra hours here without a constable.”

He said the cost could be split with Crestview schools.

Hum said if the township hired an officer “we want a guarantee the deputy stayed.”

He added there was an objection by residents who pointed out they are already paying the Columbiana County sheriff for protection.

He noted the school has its own resource officers.

Garwood said, “I think there should be more of a presence” and Trustee Barry Miner said “a lot of it started” with splitting a deputy with Unity Township.

“I look at police reports every day,” Miner said adding the township was lucky it didn’t have the problems other areas have adding, “the sheriff usually has a cruiser north.”

Miner added, “I am never opposed to the safety of the residents. We really don’t have the issues others do.”

Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster asked about paying the sheriff and Hum said that it was a lot of money.

He added, “But the taxpayers are already paying for them.”

Miner said, “I think it was a good discussion.”

Both issues were discussed on an informational basis and no action was taken.

In other business, trustees unanimously approved group health insurance, group life and accidental death, short-term and health and vision policies for 2018.

The renewals reflect an overall decrease in annual costs.

Trustees also approved renewing membership in the Ohio Department of Administrative Services co-op purchasing program for an annual fee of $100.

Hoffmaster said the Road Supervisor Mel Miller wanted to make some purchases and the program has saved the township money in previous years.

In his report, Miller received information from the county engineer about “frost laws” in regard to roads affected by repeated freezing and thawing cycles.

Weight and speed reductions can be imposed on roads that shift, crack or move around.

Miner said the township has never had a frost law issue and noted the sheriff would have to enforce it.

Miller said, “Our roads are quite structurally sound” while adding if there was any road he would be concerned with it would be Metz Road “because of the truck traffic.”

Garwood wondered where that “leaves the farmers” and Miller said, “we never had a frost law” adding he didn’t know about exemptions.

Miner said he didn’t either and Miller noted, “that’d be something you’d have to see what the law is.”

No action was taken.

Miller said the road department was preparing for winter by cold patching road edges and working on equipment.

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