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Residents upset over ABC Water and Sewer District fee

April 3, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Over the past few years the ABC Water and Sewer District has formed a plan to help townships deal with aging water and sewer line infrastructure. As of January of this year, the district began collecting a fee to accomplish just that, but a few residents are unhappy about it.

"I want to know why the township saw fit to join the ABC Water District," said resident Chester Kaschak. "I feel we should have had more of a part or say in these fees being taken out of our taxes."

Trustee Marie Cartwright explained the reason it was formed and what the fees are meant to do.

"The ABC Water and Sewer District was formed in 2009," she said. "At that time, the City of Youngstown was going to attempt to annex parts of townships that got water from them. In order to prevent that from happening, Austintown, Boardman, and Canfield joined together to form a district and thus prevent the annexation."

As for the fee, Township Administrator Kieth Rogers said it is based on the amount of pervious surface a resident has. That is a surface that allows storm water to run off and can create flooding. One concern about the fee is that it would be used in Boardman to make repairs. Rogers stated the fee collected in Canfield Township would stay in the township. It could be combined with Boardman funds only to do a joint project that would affect both communities.

Kaschak said he is also concerned about the water lines running through the township.

"There are 900 Canfield Township people that have wells," he said. "I am one and I don't want Youngstown water."

Cartwright said if water lines are ran down his street, he would have the option of tying in.

"You are not forced to tie into the water line," she said.

Resident Terry Wagner asked about Austintown not taking part in the fee. Cartwright said Austintown is presently a member of the district and will continue to be. They (Austintown) didn't feel the need to assess the fee at this time, but they remain members.

Rogers added the fees will bring in $300,000 by year's end and it will go a long way to repair and replace aging and failing systems.

On a different matter, Rogers said the Robert Neff Land Foundation wants to donate land for a bike trail connector between the Township Park on Herbert Road and the Mill Creek MetroPark's Bike Trail. The connector would cut across the back of MCCTC property and the Ohio Clean Trails Act through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a $200,000 grant available. The township would have to put up $65,000. Rogers said there will be a public hearing before any of this can happen.

In other business:

April 10 at 6:30 at the Canfield Public Library, the township will hold a meeting on the comprehensive plan and all ideas will be presented to the public at that time. The meeting will last about two hours.

Approval was given to hire Carpet Tech to remove old and install new carpeting at Township Hall at a cost of $4,000.

Brian Governor was appointed to serve on the Millennial Moments JEDD (Joint Economic Development District).

Approval was given to give the American Legion Post 177 $1,000 towards the annual Memorial Day Service.

Approval was given to pay warrants and electronic payments totaling $65,421.19.



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