Sink hole big problem in Washingtonville

WASHINGTONVILLE– A sink hole beside County Line Road may be a bigger problem that first anticipated.

Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat reported to village council a sink hole along road south of village hall contains a storm sewer pipe, the bottom of which had rotted away. He said there is no telling how much of the pipe needs replaced, so a cost is not known.

Council authorized Gudat to ask someone with a camera used to evaluate pipes to assist in determining how much pipe is rotted. Gudat noted that there will be no need to dig up the newly paved roadway, but that the private fence nearby may need moved temporarily.

In other business, council approved the annual dispatching agreement with the Austintown, Boardman and Mahoning County Joint Communications District for 2020 at a cost of $1,528.43, no increase from this year; renewed its utility insurance for an annual cost of $14,330; and hired Richard Kennedy of Hubbard as a reserve police officer.

Also at the meeting, Fiscal Officer Dale Davis reported the annual pre-winter inspection of furnaces at village hall and the wastewater treatment plant revealed a problem with the blower motor at the police department and venter motor at village hall. Mayor Herman Frank asked council to obtain additional estimates for repairing the motors.

Additionally, Village Solicitor Jeffrey D. Heintz reported he has drafted records retention schedules for the township and police department as required by law. He said a commission needs to be created with the mayor, fiscal officer, solicitor and a resident, which would then approve the schedules and send them to the state for approval. The schedules have been turned over to the police chief and fiscal officer for review, he said.

Heintz said he is also working on employee manuals per the suggestion of the state auditor.

Also, Police Chief Ken Faust reported the department of health has scheduled a hearing regarding the 760 Senior St. property being a nuisance.

Trick or Treat is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.


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