Three new Fire Fighters were installed at the Osnaburg Township Meeting on Monday, June 12th. Kelly Wolcott, Mike Felcyn, and Joe Kakascik were sworn in by Trustee, Kris Vincent.
A correction on my report at the last Township Meeting, as I reported that Herb Fogle had left the Fire Department. Herb is still there, and he simply stepped down as the Captain at the Fire Department. Glad to learn Herb is still with the Fire Department.
Fire Chief Rich Shearer asked the Trustees to pay for extra gloves and hoods to be purchased due to cancer concerns for the fire fighters. Motion made by Brenda Griffith and passed to pay for these items. Fire calls made: Advanced Life Support: 29. Fire calls 3. Mutual Aid. One to Canton Township and two from Louisville.
Attending the Trustee Meeting, was Randy Ruszkowski from the Stark County Health Department to discuss a Health concern with raccoons that have been found to have rabies, and two have been found in the area of Paris Township. Randy informed the Trustees and those present, that the Health Department has had, low flying planes and Helicopters, in the area, dropping poison that will kill the racoons. He stated if anyone has a concern or questions they can call the Health Department.
Buehler attended the Meeting to offer his service to replacing the pipping that goes in front of the Township Halls overhead doors. The Trustees questioned if plastic or steel would be best for this project. Buehler favored steel. When questions how long would it take to install and how long before the heavy equipment would be able to cross the pipping. It was noted with plastic it would take longer before heavy equipment could drive over the pipes. It was pointed out, that if a flat piece of heavy steel was place across the plastic pipe, the plastic would not be crushed. It was noted it would take about three weeks to finish the project. The Trustees tabled making a deal at this time. At 8:15 p.m. the Trustees went into Executive Secession and returned at 8:35 p.m.
Art Kunkler, from 20-20 Enterprises was the only Company to offer a bid for the Chip and Sealing of the roads in the Township. An exact date to start the project was not set at this time, but it could start on July 24 or July 31. It was noted that the residents who live on the roads to be repaired may like to know when the repair work would be starting. The Trustees stated they would let the residents know, through the paper when the work starts. Kunkler complimented the Trustees for the work the Road Crew does prior to getting those roads ready to be Chipped and Sealed. After the Trustees discussed the price for the job of Chip and Seal, a motion was made by Dick Pero to accept the bid of $227,802.98 by 20-20 Enterprises. Motion Passed.
Cemetery Report: Brian Lowery, informed the Trustees that he needs someone who can mow the Cemeteries in the Township immediately, as the Township mower is in need of repair. If anyone would be interested in taking on this job, call the Township Hall at 330-488-0235, as soon as possible. And they may be looking for someone to take over this job on a regular basis.
Road Report: Lee Gonzales reported a dumping of tires on Hedgerose. Residents are asked to report anything they may see concerning these type of dumping.
Mowed many of the sides of roads throughout the Township. Repaired equipment in the Township Garage. Worked on the following roads: 12th St. Walters, Hillvale, Neimans, Walters, Holland, Cindell, Evening Star, Sam Krabill (N).
There was much discussion concerning the property owned by Gene Shearer. The Trustees are going to look into changing the rules for residents who want to add a building to their existing property. After much discussion, it was noted, that there are legal steps that the Trustees can take to try and change rules legally and will help others to use this change as they may want to build something on their own land. Zoning Inspector, Dorothy Bucher, will help the Trustees work on this project. Bucher also asked the Trustees to check a property at 1751 Broadway, due to lots of trash and a decaying camper. A Hearing is set concerning this property on June 26th at 8 p.m. at the Township Hall. Ms. Bucher turned in $420 for permits.