GOSHEN TWP. - A Middletown Road resident is offering his knowledge to address how the county repairs its roads.
Retired civil engineer Jack Howells sought support from the township trustees and requested they schedule a meeting with Mahoning County representatives to discuss repairs to the roadways, calling their current state "lousy." He said the way the county currently repairs the roads is not working and maybe some more money should be allocated to do the job better.
Howells suggested grinding the roads to their base instead of paving over the damage, as the county has done in the past.
Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said that county engineer Pat Ginnetti is scheduled to attend the trustees' June 9 meeting and encouraged Howells to also present his solution at a county commissioners' meeting.
In other business the trustees responded to concerns expressed by resident Abe Bricker regarding the Mahoning County MetroParks incorporating Bricker Park into its system, noting that the Bricker family intended it for the township and not the county.
McCracken told Bricker that the metroparks would only take over maintenance of the park so that it can be advertised as part of the metroparks system. He said everything will remain as is and the metroparks will handle grants on behalf of the township to update the park, if so desired.
The park had approximately $3,000 in expenditures last year while generating no income, Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler noted.
The trustees rejected a prior offer in 2012. No decision has been made yet regarding the current offer.
Also at the meeting the trustees accepted the resignation effective May 29 of Lt. Rob Wittensoldner who will be taking a full-time sergeant position with the Hartville Police Department; and promoted part-time officers John Calko to corporal and Troy Mackall to full-time effective May 18.
Recycling Coordinator Paul Manypenny reported that funding for the business route will end at the end of this month and he will no longer offer the service. He said the route began in 2006 and served between 15 and 18 businesses at any given time.
Roads Foreman Jim Stryffeler reported that the bad weather this year has caused a delay in headstone foundation installations and roadside trimming.
Tom Rhodes of the Damascus Fire Department reminded residents against open burning and reported that the department is still accepting new members. Anyone wishing to join the department should call Chief Derek Day at 330-853-4418.
McCracken said the trustees will discuss a natural gas aggregate for residents at the June 9 meeting. He said the aggregate will be similar to the electric one residents had approved at a prior election, with an opt-out option.
Miscellaneous: Trustees are accepting applications for a part-time mowing assistant. For a job description and application visit www.goshentownship.com.
The trustees approved contracts with the Green Team of $7,080 for recycling sites and $1,500 for tire collection.
McCracken read a proclamation on behalf of the Damascus Garden Club naming the week of June 1 as National Garden Week
Upcoming: An auction of playground equipment at administration building will be held at 10 a.m. May 31 at the administration building.
A scrap metal and appliance drive is scheduled for daylight hours Saturday through May 24 at the Seacrist Road recycling site.
The next trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9 at the administration building.