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Park tops agenda at township meeting

March 20, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Spring is in the air and a lot of focus was placed on Canfield Township's park on Herbert Road at the March 12 meeting. Trustees dealt with the trail connector, soccer club requests and maintenance issues.

On the bike trail connector, or spur, Township Administrator Keith Rogers said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is currently working on it. Back in November, the ODNR approved nearly $200,000 in a Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant for the spur which would connect the park to the Mill Creek MetroPark Bike Trail by means of crossing MCCTC land. The total cost would be over $260,000.

Rogers said the students of MCCTC are going to be planning and working on the spur as a hands on training.

As for park maintenance, the township had two bids for fertilizing and for mowing at the park. Rogers said the bid for fertilizing the sports fields jumped from $550 per application last year to $1,670 in the recent bid. Mowing the park also jumped from $225 last year to $320 this year. Trustee Marie Cartwright felt the job needed to be rebid.

"I suggest we rebid it and contact former companies to see if they knew about the bid," she said.

Trustees agreed to re-post the bid for the mowing and fertilization of the park lands and for a crew to handle nuisance properties. The bid opening for both will be April 8 at 10:35 a.m.

The final park issue was in the form of requests made by the Canfield Soccer Club, who uses the sports fields at the park. One issue was the fertilizing, which was already discussed. The other issues involved signs and banners.

The club asked for permission to put up sponsorship banners at the park during the soccer season. The banners would be a fundraiser for the club that would benefit the players. Rogers said the Mahoning County prosecutor said it would not be a problem.

Cartwright said, "I would like to see a mock up of what the banners would look like. I would want to see a constant look and maybe limit the number allowed."

Rogers said the club also asked for handicapped parking signs and that has been taken care of. The club has also asked about having food trucks at the park and the Ohio Revised Code does include a policy about food trucks and transient vendors.

On a different issue, Rogers brought up the joint paving program. Boardman has pulled out and went on their own, leaving just Austintown and Canfield townships in the program.

"Austintown contacted me about continuing to bid together without Boardman," Rogers said.

He said Austintown is looking at paving Easy Street this year, which lies in Austintown Township with the cul-de-sac existing in Canfield Township.

Rogers said Austintown is taking the lead on the joint program at this point and trustees seemed in favor of continuing the effort. By combining forces for the bid, both townships should receive a lower price than bidding alone.

In other business:

Trustees approved a Farmers Bank note for $33,915.65 for a road dept. vehicle.

Trustees approved adopting the Mahoning County hazardous mitigation plan.

Trustees discussed the purchase of a black top roller and tailgate carrier to be able to better handle bigger patches, but trustees want to speak with the road department first on the need for the new equipment.

Trustees approved donations of $5,000 to the Fourth of July Parade committee and $1,000 to the War Veterans Museum. Trustee Joe Paloski excused himself from voting as he writes grants for the museum.

Trustees approved the township's old cell hones as salvage and will donate them to the Mahoning County Sheriff's Dept. to be erased and reused in certain victim programs.

Warrants totaling $86,036 and electronic payments of $1,521.99, and a purchase order for $6,233.62 were approved.

 
 

 

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