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Perry trustees purchase leaf bags for residents

SALEM — Perry Township announced leaf bag pickup will begin Nov. 1 and trustees agreed to purchase paper leaf bags for residents to use.

The township normally received the bags for free from the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District through a grant, but the district didn’t get the grant this year.

Officials from Salem city and Perry Township agreed to buy them on their own for their residents.

Trustees agreed to buy four pallets of paper leaf bags at a cost of up to $3,500. When the bags arrive, an announcement will be issued to let residents know they’re available. Bags will be at Salem City Hall for pickup.

Next year, Perry Township Trustee Chair Steve Bailey said hopefully they’ll be able to partner with Salem to apply for a grant to cover the cost. He said they wanted to stick with the paper bags because they’re a lot easier for the road crew to handle and they’re environmentally safe.

In another matter, trustees agreed to purchase every other tank of gas for the vehicle used by the township’s police officer assigned to the Columbiana County Drug Task Force due to rising costs of fuel. The vehicle itself is provided by the county at no cost to the township, with the county assuming all costs for insurance and upkeep. All participating police agencies are being asked to contribute to the gas costs due to rising prices.

Bailey estimated the cost of the gas will be about $200 a month.

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