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Salem Twp. trustees debate Gamble Road plowing issue

April 12, 2012

FRANKLIN SQUARE - Salem Township trustees said they will have to visit a section of old Gamble Road before deciding on where to stop plowing snow.

On Wednesday, Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms read a letter from the county engineer's office defining the Salem and Center township limits in the 5800 block of Gamble Road.

The letter was obtained in response to complaints by resident William Betz at an earlier meeting, and said the road was surveyed noting Salem Township was being paid to maintain .07-miles. or within three feet of the Betz driveway.

Road Foreman Jason Entrikin wondered about where he would "get rid of the snow?"

He added, "I can't back in there (the driveway)."

Looking at a aerial photo, Trustee Bill Heston pointed to an area on the side "where you used to push it."

Entrikin said that area gets soft. "I can go out and mark it and lift the blade," Entrikin said and Trustee Ray Heddleson suggested "driving past his driveway and leaving the snow there ... you can't leave it in front of the driveway ... I don't know what choice you have."

Trustee Chairman John Wilms suggested inspecting the area and Heston agreed. "We should go there and look at the situation with Jason," he said and Wilms said, "before the snow flies we'll have to fix this."

In other business, trustees unanimously approved spending about $1,118 for a new wooden road salt storage bin. Entrikin said he could go either way with a concrete or wood bin, but after giving it more thought and discussion decided wood would be better.

Also, trustees approved taking a pine tree down in the park but wanted to look at an oak tree in the cemetery before deciding what action to take.

Entrikin said the pine tree had been split and wondered if hadn't been struck by lightning. It was shedding bark.

In other business, Constable Dan Valentine said things had been quiet in the township and Cathy Wilms advised the board the county engineer sent out road line striping forms; the road salt purchase deadline was May 31 to purchase 80 percent; approved the six-month evaluation of street department employee Erik Saska; and the Leetonia Fire Department provided its quarterly report.

Also, the township received five chip and seal bids and none on the 1980's Gradall that has a minimum bid of $6,500 on it.

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