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Township looking for action on sink holes

March 7, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees are scrambling to find the resources and funds to repair damage to the drainage system in the Pebble Beach Drive area caused by storm water runoff. The damage includes sinkholes that area threatening further damage.

"These sinkholes happened overnight," said Township Administrator Kieth Rogers. "One resident on Pebble Beach can't use his drive access right now."

He said the system was put in 30 years ago, but the corrugated metal pipe used at that time had a life expectancy of 20 years. Rogers said the pipe is 30 years old and the top is rotting.

Rogers stated there are two sinkholes at present. One is over the existing storm sewer and under the drive at 4235 Pebble Beach Drive. The second one is at the west end of the outlet of the underground pipe.

The expensive part of the project is the position of the pipe. It runs in the area of water lines, gas lines, phone, electric, cable and fiber optic lines. One sinkhole has exposed the failing drain pipe right next to the gas line.

Rogers told trustees an estimated repair and pipe replacement would run around $218,000. It will require the removal of several trees and six drive entrances.

Some of the cost would incolve restoration to the creek bank as well.

"We lost 15 feet of embankment in that spot," Rogers said.

Trsutees asked Rogers if there was any assistance for the project. He said both the Turnpike Commission and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) were contacted, but no commitments were made.

"Most of this project will be stream bank re-stabilization," Rogers said. "There may be some grant money to help with that part."

Rogers will be contacted Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to aply for the grant.

In the meantime, trustees want to get the project started, but even that will take time.

"I would like to put it out to bid quickly," said Trustee Marie Cartwright. "We need to get it done quickly."

Rogers said the cost of the project would require a two-week time slot, by law, to receive the bids. As to where the money will come from, trustees are looking at all possible avenues including a no-interest loan.

On a different issue, Chairman Brian Governor commented on the pot holes that are a growing concern for motorists.

"We have sent a lot of calls on to the county," he said. "Our township roads are in good shape."

He said the county roads in Canfield Township are not handled by the township, but by the Mahoning County. Canfield Township only handles the roads that are under the township jurisdiction.

In other business:

Trustees approved paying warrants and electronic payments totaling $43,466.57.

Approval was given for Rogers and Township Zoning Officer Traci DeCapua to attend the storm water conference in Columbus at a cost of $195 per person.



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