Lawrence Township approves equipment purchases

Lawrence Township approves equipment purchases

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At its March 31 meeting, the Lawrence Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of several pieces of equipment and 600 tons of salt through the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Trustees passed a resolution to purchase a Case 590SN WT Backhoe from Southeastern Equipment Company through an ODOT program. The price announced at the March 10 meeting was $48,175.

Trustees also voted to purchase two Hustler tractor mowers from Winfield Power Equipment LLC and trade in two John Deere mowers, with the purchase price not to exceed $27,249.

Chuck McNutt, road supervisor, presented a proposed notice for chip and seal bids, which was approved by trustees. Also approved were an agreement with Reilly Sweeping Inc. for road sweeping up to four times next year in an amount not to exceed $4,480 and a resolution allowing the purchase of 600 tons of road salt through ODOT.

High asphalt costs this year

McNutt said asphalt estimates were received from the county engineer’s office and advised trustees that the costs appear to be high. Costs can be affected by everything from rising oil prices to increased wages. The next step is to solicit bids for paving.

In zoning

Several complaints were received by the township regarding storm water issues on Olde Orchard Drive near the new housing development. Zoning inspector Ron Weekley said the retention pond is still posing issues, and he will schedule a meeting with the developer to address the matter.

Weekley said he also is working with the county auditor’s office to have taxes assessed any time the township mows the property on Russell Drive. The property owner, Donald Whiting, Jr., remains in jail after an armed stand-off and high-speed chase with police in May last year following the death of his wife.

Weekley proposed waiving sign fees for the Wilkshire Hills community garage sales May 5-7. Trustees approved the measure.

In other matters

Trustees voted to do the following:

—Name Bruce Neighbor a member and Robert Eddy alternate to the board of zoning.

—Rehire three seasonal workers at the same pay rate as last summer with college students hired as needed.

—Allow the Tusky Valley Baseball/Softball Association use of township ball fields again this season.

—Send a letter of support for the Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District in its application for a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

—Donate $2,500 from lodging taxes to the Muskingum Water Conservancy Foundation toward the design of the Zoar Connections Trail around Lime Kiln Lake. The trail will connect the Towpath Trail to Zoar at Fifth Street.

Trustees also continued discussions about possibly placing a renewal of the five-year road levy passed in 2017 on the November ballot. The levy generates $226,000 annually. At issue is whether to keep it a renewal or to make the levy permanent.

The next meeting will be Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at Charles E. Lundenberger Hall, 10867 Industrial Parkway NW, Bolivar.

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