Work on Fife Coal may begin Friday

WELLSVILLE — Yellow Creek Township’s road crew is looking soon to handle needed work on Fife Coal Road — possibly by Friday.

Trustee Chairman Kenny Biacco announced during Tuesday’s trustees meeting that, weather permitting, road crews will be installing new culvert pipe and a new catch basin on Fife Coal Road. The replacement pipe measures 120 feet, purchased from Yellow Creek Casting and Wellsville Foundry.

Biacco said he spoke with road foreman Travis McLean, and said the project is anticipated to take at least one day.

Also related to work from the township road crew, Biacco said due to some mechanical issues, crews have been behind on mowing, but now are back to operating, as of Tuesday, as needed parts to repair arrived.

Meanwhile, Biacco updated the public on the AEP transmission line work on Wells Hollow Road, reporting that crews are currently patching as much as possible as AEP continues to install new lines within the area.

“We apologize, we’re doing the best we can on it,” Biacco said. “We’re patching the best we can on it. Bear with us.”

Biacco said he spoke with AEP’s right-of-way senior agent Troy Sneddon, and said Sneddon and the board will meet within the next few weeks to decide what will be needed for repairs on that road.

“We didn’t want to put a lot of money in it because we are going to be meeting with Troy, and hopefully they’re going to help us or do something with the whole road up there,” Biacco said.

In addition, Biacco reported loggers are currently working on private property on Crawford Road, and Paul Yoder has made a $10,000 bond deposit regarding work on the road. Biacco said the township recently worked on Crawford, to which $5,000 worth of work was handled.

Biacco also stated the board will be looking to request $10,000 for future projects that involve using township roads, which will happen either through a bonding or insurance company. He noted the township will also look to have work handled on Irondale Road, which they reported was damaged from a previous project.

“It’s going to be $10,000 all the way around,” Biacco said. “Either go through a bond company, insurance company or just deposit $10,000 to our treasurer, Debbie (Lyle).”

In other business:

— Biacco reported the township is looking into matching grants for the township’s roads through the Columbiana County Port Authority. Biacco said he had just received a call from Port director Penny Traina earlier in the day, and the board will decide which roads will be among the most needed in the township in the coming weeks.

— The township will be holding a fall tire collection drive f9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28, at the township garage on Oak Ridge Road. No truck tires or rims will be accepted.

— Fiscal Officer Debbie Lyle addressed the board and inquired about getting surgical gloves for the road crew, noting the opioid epidemic taking place along with a recent accident that took place in the township. Lyle also inquired about whether the road crew can participate in CPR training. Biacco said he would contact Lifeteam EMS and attempt to gather information on that matter.

The next trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 26.