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Township seeks loan to complete project

Funds will finish Starr Centre Drive

November 17, 2016
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees approved going after a zero-interest loan to complete Phase II of the Starr Centre Drive storm drain and road rehabilitation project.

The move came after trustees discovered there was funding left for loans under the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Timing was everything in obtaining the loan. Trustee Marie Cartwright had attended the Nov. 8 OPWC meeting, where she was informed there was $1,822,000 left from 2016 funding. The amount was available for loans for projects such as Phase II of Starr Centre Drive project.

"We can apply and get the funds to finish Starr Centre Drive," Cartwright said.

She also mentioned there were other communities with huge projects that could easily wipe out the available OPWC money. She said having the township meeting Nov. 9 would give the township an edge for the first-come, first-served criteria.

Township Administrator Keith Rogers said the township already had planned on putting up $52,042 as the township match. Phase II was expected to cost around $325,000, which would require an OPWC loan of around $273,000.

Rogers said Phase II covers around 500 feet of Starr Centre Drive, beginning at the Higgins Funeral Home entrance heading west. The project includes replacing the storm sewer and catch basins, new curbs and gutters, drive cuts and paving the road.

"I think it is important to get it done," Rogers said. "The drain piping is well beyond its useful life, and the curbs are breaking up."

Cartwright said the loan could be stretched over 25 or 30 years, which would be the useful life of the new pipes and catch basins.

All three trustees agreed to apply for the loan. Cartwright said she would inform OPWC the next day. It would still be up to OPWC to approve the request, but the chances of getting the loan were good, she said.

Trustees also looked at the township's drainage ditch piping permit and open cut road permit. Rogers said the township permits mirror the county permits involving people who want to enclose an open ditch. The main concern was to ensure any closed drain would be easy to clean out with a vacuum truck.

Cartwright said she would like to see the procedure for the permits appear on the township's website. She believed it would give residents a guide to what is required to pipe in an open ditch.

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