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Trustees get big response to road dpt. position

December 6, 2013
By LARRY SHIELDS - Staff Writer , Salem News

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - The township received 24 resumes for the road department position that opened when Nathan Good resigned last month.

Road Supervisor Mel Miller said, "so we have a lot to look at," and asked trustees for a couple of days to review the applications.

The job was advertised with the township looking for candidates holding a minimum of a Class B commercial driver's license (CDL).

Miller said he would narrow it down and provide copies of the remaining candidates to trustees.

Trustee Barry Miner said he would help Miller with that process, noting after the meeting he wanted to trim the list to about 16.

Trustees set interview meeting dates for Dec. 16 and 17 at 5 p.m. in the government building at 3062 Fairfield School Road.

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum, as he has indicated when the board accepted Good's resignation, said, "I don't want to loose two weeks" and the special meetings were set by a vote.

The interviews will be in executive session and Hum said if they complete the process on Dec. 16 they will have an extra day to decide since there won't be any action taken.

"The soonest we would act would be on the 19th," Hum said.

In other business, trustees unanimously approved a bid of $4,500 by the city of Columbiana EMS for its 2002 Dodge Intrepid SE on Thursday.

It was one of two bids received for the police cruiser .

The other bid of $3,101 was from Jim Kincaid.

The vehicle received one bid when trustees tried to sell it earlier this year but trustees decided to advertise it again.

Before that bid, it was advertised in the Ohio Township Association newsletter resulting in one bid being received and Trustee Barry Miner wanted to give local bidders a chance.

"I think we should do it locally," he said, at the time.

In other business, trustees unanimously approved purchase orders for the road department for $4,000 in road salt from Morton Salt Co. and $5,120 to Horst Tire for four new tires for the Case 521 loader.

Miller said the tires are radials and the loader rides on hard-surface roads 95 percent of the time.

In other business, Miner presented a road use management agreement (RUMA) for Cardinal Gas Services LLC to run a gathering line from the Hartz wellsite on Crestview Road.

The contract, on what is called the Teegarden gathering line, has already been executed by the Columbiana County engineer's office.

Miner said a representative from Cardinal will attend the trustees regular Dec. 19 meeting.

The board also received a couple of letters from residents regarding the closing of the Esterly Drive railroad grade crossing.

There will be a public hearing on that issue at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the government building and Hum deferred the letters until that meeting.

Norfolk Southern owns the railroad.

The procedure calls for advertising for a public hearing for two consecutive weeks and notifying all adjacent property owners along with emergency responders and school officials.

Hum said last month that no action will be taken after the hearing but allowed that if the crossing is eventually closed the "natural progression" would be to vacate Esterly Drive from the crossing north to Cherry Fork Road because Buckeye Transfer Realty owns the property on both sides.

If approved, the rail closing will help accommodate a closed-loop rail inside the facility that will transload condensate from truck to rail tank cars.

The facility also will have brim reclaimation capabilities; a pud mill operation; pipe storage and a truck staging area.

Closing the crossing will leave dead-ends to the north and south on Esterly Drive.

Also, trustees want more time to review a letter from the New Waterford Fire Department regarding a new contract. Hum said the current contract expires on Dec. 31.



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