Resident complains about speeders on Cider Mill Road

Township trustees said they’ll check out a situation on Cider Mill Road after resident Paul Esenwein and his wife expressed a concern Monday about speeders and finding a way to slow them down.

Esenwein said there are new families out there with small children and he was concerned about someone getting hurt, plus his wife said there’s all kinds of farm equipment traveling that road and a speeding vehicle could hit the back of one. Cider Mill Road stretches from state Route 9 to Georgetown Road and the speed limit is 35 mph. He asked if it could be reduced to 25 mph.

Police Chief Mike Emigh said it’s a lengthy process to change the speed limit and has to go through the county for a survey of the area in question, which could take six to nine months for that alone. The number of motor vehicle crashes would be taken into account also.

Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said maybe the police department could patrol it more, but Emigh said he’s out there two or three times a shift now.

A question was asked about putting signs up for Children at Play, but Road Supervisor Darreck Farrell said the state did away with those signs and now use Pedestrian Walking signs. He said it’s up to the trustees what signs they want him to put up. The man said there’s just a few cars that seem to be doing the speeding.

Trustees said they’ll see what they can do.

In police matters, Emigh talked to trustees about an ongoing issue regarding the Ricoh copier his department uses. He had reported at a previous meeting that the copier wasn’t working right and they no longer had a maintenance agreement on the machine. He advised trustees what it would cost to have a repairman work on the copier and they balked at the price, telling him to check on the cost of buying a new all-in-one copier. At the last meeting, which he was unable to attend, a $411 bill for having the copier fixed was discussed, with Trustee Don Rudibaugh refusing to sign the check to pay the bill. He questioned who scheduled a repairman to fix the machine when they had just told the chief to get some prices for a new one.

Emigh told trustees they should pay the bill, noting he was in Columbus at the time and didn’t know Ricoh was sending anyone. He also pointed out that the taxpayers paid $4,000 for that copier in 2016. He said the township should keep the copier and get a service agreement in place.

“I hate to see taxpayer money get wasted,” he said.

Trustee Jim Armeni said he was ok with paying the bill for repairs.

Trustees will pay the bill and in another police matter, moved Patrolman Ryan Connolly from probationary status to regular part-time status.

Trustees plan to look into a policy for handling junk vehicles on properties after zoning inspector Allan Wolfgang questioned how to handle a particular junk vehicle on a North Lincoln Avenue property, whether the township should pay to have it scrapped or have it towed. He didn’t want a repeat of what happened with a back hoe that ended up being towed in a police matter. The township had to pay the storage fee to the tow company, costing the township more than $42,000.

Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston said she was advised by the prosecutor’s office to contact a salvage yard company. The vehicle could be removed for a fee and the township can certify the expense on the taxes for that property.

Armeni commented that he didn’t know why people get fired up when the township tries to enforce the zoning. He warned that when the zoning code is updated, the township will enforce it — it’s to protect people and their properties. A final draft of the updated code is being compiled by Plan 4 Land and will be presented to trustees, likely before the end of the year, Wolfgang said.

Armeni reported he took two or three calls from the Columbiana County Board of Elections about continuing to use the township maintenance building on Depot Road as a polling place. Plans had been in place to move the polling site to the Church at the Center, but Armeni said two members of the Board of Elections felt there was a conflict since that’s the church of state Rep. Tim Ginter, R-Salem. Armeni said the church would have been better for the poll workers and the voters and didn’t have Ginter’s name visible on anything but now it’s out of consideration.

“I just thought it was disappointing,” he said, adding “I just thought it was petty.”

John Dyce, who had run against Ginter previously, attended the meeting and said afterwards that he took exception to some of Armeni’s statements. He said everyone knows that church is Tim Ginter’s church and that it shouldn’t be a polling place.

In other business: Wolfgang reported nine permits issued in August and three so far in September; Farrell reported the work on the floor at the township garage was finished and looked good and the area of Egypt Road damaged during storms was cleaned out; trustees agreed to a quote of $10,920 from Mike Fisher Construction and Roofing for work on a bathroom at the maintenance garage, with tile to be donated by Summitville Tile; reviewed the township’s property and liability insurance coverage with Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority representative Bill Lucas; heard a request from a road employee to enable him to put his money into the Ohio Deferred Compensation program; heard from Armeni that an attorney who was supposed to updating the policy manual said he doesn’t have time, so the township has to find someone else to do the update; and set trick-or-treat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

The next trustee meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23.