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Salem Township Trustees address loose gravel issue

SALEM TWP. — Equipment repairs, mowing and road work, including addressing a loose gravel issue at Grafton Estates, occupied Salem Township Trustees when they met Tuesday night.

The roads at Grafton Estates were recently chip and sealed and Trustee John Wilms said he wanted to make clean up of the loose gravel a priority, asking Road Foreman Jason Entrikin if the sweeper could be used.

Trustee Chair Bill Heston said the gravel will have to be picked up and if the rocks start flying, Wilms said they’ll have to stop and figure out a way to get the gravel up. Wilms did comment that while he was there surveying the situation, some cars were traveling pretty fast.

He reviewed several other projects for Entrikin to put on his department’s “to do” list, such as mowing along the curve on South County Road between Washingtonville village hall and the entrance to the bike trail. The village doesn’t have the equipment to mow on the curve, so the township routinely does the work as a good neighbor. Entrikin said he also tries to clean up the area leading up to the school, too, before school starts for the year.

Some of the other projects include fixing the ditch on Grafton Road by Mount Calvary Cemetery, cleaning up a tree out of a ditch on Cunningham Road, checking on a tree on McCracken Road, putting in a new culvert between two driveways on Conkle Road, and working on a washout on Longs Crossing Road.

Entrikin was asked to check on pricing to fix the road in the under the railroad overpass area of state Route 558, where the surface needs ground down and repaved.

In other business, trustees agreed to a cost not to exceed $4,000 to fix the turbo on the John Deere tractor at Sensenig Farm Repairs on Beeson Mill Road, Leetonia. Entrikin was also checking on a cost and the best way to fix the bucket on the wheel loader.

Trustees and Fiscal Officer Dale Davis had no problem with Entrikin ordering a hydraulic cylinder for the John Deere mower for $218 from Dalton Company after reporting issues with the hydraulics and ordering four sets of rotary blades for the Case mower from Lacal for $600.

Trustee Ray Heddleson reported Columbia Gas Transmission notified him about putting in temporary access drives off of Lodge Road to do some work on the company’s property.

Wilms reported he received a complaint from a resident on state Route 45 about a neighbor putting in a pipe across his yard to her yard. The plan is to have Constable Dan Valentine talk to him about the issue.

The time for the next meeting has been changed to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the administration building off of state Route 558, with employee evaluations scheduled for just prior to the meeting at 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.

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