Fairfield trustees OK road salt purchase

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Trustees approved a $10,000 purchase of road salt after Trustee Chairman Bob Hum asked Road Supervisor Mel Miller, “How’s plowing?”

Miller replied, “Salts in the shed, plows are in the building.”

Hum was kidding as far as recent weather, but the forecast showed snow and Miller said 249 tons had been purchased and they needed 156 tons more to satisfy the minimum procurement required by contract.

There wasn’t room for it right now, but weatherwise, Miller noted, “As of now it’s been easy, but it didn’t start out that way.”

Miller said it reminded him of a previous winter when little snow hit until after Martin Luther King Day and then “it snowed and snowed.”

He added, “We’ve seen this before.”

Trustees approved the purchase with a 3-0 vote along with a another purchase order, not to exceed $700, for four tires for the road department pickup.

The township has 48.215 miles of roadway that it maintains.

While not plowing snow, the road department has been removing a lot of dead ash trees, ditch cleaning and filling road holes with cold patch, Miller said, along with cleaning equipment and tending to a few minor repairs.

He also discussed a $3,800 refund from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation for safety equipment and presented a list of items “we can use” to trustees.

“These would all be available at Municipal Signs and Sales in Columbiana and Trustee Barry Miner suggested transitioning the roll-up type signs.

“We definitely want our guys to be safe on the roadways,” he said and Hum added, “we had intended to use the money for safety equipment’ and trustees approved an amount not to exceed $3,000 for the signs.

Miner asked about road equipment purchases for 2019 and Miller said he hadn’t look at it yet. They discussed the mower, which is good, the dump truck, which has two more years on it, and Miner asked about a digging machine, a mini-excavator.

“It might have some use for you,” he said. No action was taken.

In other business, Kirk Road resident Sharon Henry advised trustees that a portion of Short Road at Kirk Road, on the east side, “Is getting cut off and close to a utility pole” and close to her property.

She said, “The traffic is coming over and over … the road has migrated over. It keeps getting cut more and more” and she asked if the traffic could go straight out “rather than cutting the corner?”

She asked about changing the route so trucks could have a wider edge to turn and Trustee John Garwood said he would look into it.

During its reorganizational meeting, trustees appointed Hum chairman and Miner vice chairman for 2019 along with maintaining vacation, sick time and personal days as in the past and all current personnel were re-appointed for the year.