FEMA expected in township today

WEST POINT — Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are expected to arrive in Madison Township this morning to see what repairs are needed as a result of heavy rains this past spring.

Trustee Chairman Wayne Chamberlain reported during Monday’s meeting that FEMA officials are scheduled around 9 a.m. today at the township offices to review what work is anticipated following storm damage throughout Columbiana County, for which a State of Emergency was declared.

Township officials received a grant from FEMA for the repairs, which took place in seven locations on six streets, one of which was considered at the June 27 meeting to be added to a list for mitigation to take place.

“I verified with the guy (from FEMA) that he’s going to be here at nine o’clock,” Chamberlain said. “(Road foreman) Gary Mitchell is aware of it. I’ll try to go.”

Among those areas anticipated to be mitigated are two portions of Glasgow Road, and Hammond School, Lowness, Glenn and Alderlick roads. Township officials also wanted to have a new culvert pipe installed on Cream Ridge Road, which Chamberlain said would improve the mitigation.

“It should’ve been done in the first place,” Chamberlain said.

The initial estimate on the work was to be around $20,000, Chamerlain said, adding it’s not known how much funding the township would receive.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of Mitchell who was on duty at the time, Chamberlain reported two culverts on McCormick Road between Black Road and state Route 518 were installed last week in order to cover a flooding issue. Chamberlain said he believed the installation will clear up that situation.

Also in an update regarding this summer’s chip-and-seal program, Chamberlain reported the township ran the road reclaimer on Alderlick Road and will be working on Buzzard Road. He also reported grading near state Route 45 may is expected to be complete by either today or Wednesday.

In other business:

— Trustee Gary Williams reported DeSellem Road resident Tom Kerner had requested to build a petition line fence on his property, which had been discussed at the June 27 regular meeting. According to the updated Petition Line Fence Law, the party requesting the fence is responsible for payment of the fence and land survey. On Monday, Williams stated Kerner has the right to have the fence built and will need a declaration for that to happen.

— Trustees approved a motion to purchase more dust control emulsion from a company in Mansfield to be used in relation to the chip-and-seal project this summer. Chamberlin reported the township will need more of the liquid solution for Alderlick and Buzzard roads for the reclaimer. He said crews do have enough work with for the time being.

— Trustees approved the bills for the meeting, which totaled $15,193.01, along with two purchase orders.

— At the conclusion of the meeting, the township held a budget hearing, covering the estimated budgets for 2019. The township reported it was anticipated to have a carryover of $278,603.23 to start 2019 and included $615,835.77 in estimate receipts next year.

Fiscal Officer Tiffany Chetock reported the township is hoping to have a carryover for 2019, which would pay any bills needed to be paid for the first three months of 2019 as they do not receive any tax money until at least April.

— The next trustees’ meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. July 25 at the Madison Township Garage meeting hall on state Route 45.

This week’s meeting was originally scheduled Wednesday, but was moved to a 1 p.m. Monday due to scheduling conflicts.