Fairfield Twp. zoning update ready for review

COLUMBIANA — Residents in Fairfield Township will have a chance to look at proposed changes to the zoning regulations.

Working with Joe Clase of Plan4Land, the zoning board of appeals has been making upgrades to the zoning plan, fixing things that have changed through the years and updating it. After going through a few of the last changes during a zoning board of appeals meeting prior to Thursday’s trustees meeting, the zoning board made the recommendation to forward the plan to the trustees.

Zoning Inspector Adam Booth told the trustees they now need to hold a public hearing within 30 days, which they scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday June 6. The plan with the final changes will be available prior to the meeting for residents of the township to review.

Residents in the area of Springhill Drive and Redtail Drive will soon see changes on the roadway as trustees intend to have a 25 mph reduction in the speed limit on that road go into effect soon.

However, a group of residents on West Duquesne Street would like to be able to drive a little faster on their road. The residents approached the trustees about what it would take to get the township to help look after the road, where there are five homes. Kevin Smith, one of the residents, said they have been going out and putting gravel down to fill the holes themselves during the years.

Trustee Bob Hum said he will have to research to see whether the road was ever dedicated or not and find out the steps needed if the township wanted to help. He noted the township cannot spend taxpayer money on a private road, but the residents said the tax maps do not show the road as being privately owned.

In other matters:

— The trustees voted to approve the first of two annual resolutions regarding the Local Government Funding.

— Melvin Miller, roads foreman, reported 450 tires were collected during a recent collection, which also included a roll off holding junk items such as mattresses and couches. Miller also reported work has started using the reclaimer to work on Metz Road and part of Heck Road so far. More road work is scheduled today.

— Trustees passed a resolution to purchase a wheelchair assessable picnic table for the pavilion at the Headwaters Nature Trail. Trustee Barry Miner said the eight-foot table with metal mesh, thermo plastic coated surface will cost about $680 not including clamps and shipping.

— Trustee John Garwood said he is looking at options to improve the drainage in the Cool Springs Cemetery near Kelly Park Road, which is really wet this year, but usually remains wet event during dry summers.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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