Goshen trustees to seek property, raze vacant home

GOSHEN TWP. — Township trustees will seek to obtain a Garfield property on which sits a vacant home in order to raze the building.

Trustees Monday night authorized Chairman Bob McCracken to work with the Mahoning County prosecutor’s and auditor’s offices to turn the property at 13810 South Pricetown Road (state Route 534) over to the township. The township would then raze the vacant home before selling the property for cash.

McCracken said he has an estimate of $8,350 from George Less to raze the home. He said he will contact neighboring property owners to see if anyone is interested in paying that amount for the property.

McCracken said the action would make it possible to clean up the property quicker than if it were to go to a Sheriff’s Sale at the listed value of $12,000.

In other business, trustees approved multiple changes to the 2019 appropriations after Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler reported he cannot pay bills from certain funds due to expenditures exceeding the appropriations. The changes include increasing the General Fund by $6,000 due to hospitalization costs exceeding the estimates; increasing the Cemetery Fund by $3,800 which will be offset by revenue from pouring foundations; increasing the Police Fund by $2,000 due to higher expenditures than expected; and increasing the Police Donation Fund by $20,000 which will be offset by the anticipated revenue.

Trustees also approved the purchase of a Mr. Heater Big Maxx garage heater not to exceed $1,000 to be purchased at the best cost before winter for the renovated maintenance garage on Seacrist Road. Trustees also approved up to $1,000 for Tenney Electric to complete installation of electric service at the garage and to provide an estimate for electrical work at the administration building.

Additionally trustees accepted the resignation of police officer Nicholas Moore who took a position with another department.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved approximately $86 for the Damascus Garden Club’s purchase of flowers planted at the Damascus Park on state Route 534 north of U.S. Route 62, but trustee Rob Spencer asked that club members be reminded to make sure the park is properly maintained including weeding of the flower beds and trees.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 8 at the administration building.