Goshen trustees accept property from Mahoning land bank

GOSHEN TWP. — Township trustees Monday night agreed to accept ownership of a piece of property and vacant home north of Damascus.

The intent is to raze the home and clean up the property, then sell it for the cost of the work.

Trustees agreed to accept from the Mahoning County Land Bank the property at 13810 S. Pricetown Road (state Route 534), with all back taxes and liens forgiven. There is currently a buyer interested in the property and the action by the trustees is pending a commitment from that buyer.

The township will be able to raze the building for $8,350 and have the septic tank pumped for an additional $150. The interested buyer is considering purchasing the cleaned up property for the $8,500.

Trustee chair Bob McCracken said last month accepting ownership of the property will make it possible to clean up the property quicker than if it were to go to a Sheriff’s Sale at the listed price of $12,000. He said it would likely take over a year to go through the process before coming back to the township.

In other business, Trustee Teresa Stratton reported she will be applying for a $1,000 cemetery grant through the Ohio Department of Commerce to pay for anything other than general maintenance. Roads Supervisor Matt Springer, who also oversees the cemeteries, suggested using the money to upright stones at the old East Goshen Cemetery.

Since the township has more than five cemeteries — old and new Bunker Hill, old and new East Goshen, Lumberton at state Route 534 and Western Reserve Road and Bethel on Calla Road — the township can apply for the grant each year.

Also at the meeting, the trustees purchased a 2020 SUV police cruiser from Fairway Ford at a cost of $28,750 after trade in.

Additionally McCracken reported the bridge over the railroad tracks on Seacrist Road has been posted at 17 tons.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the administration building.