LA CROFT - Repairs to John Campbell Road are underway and "proceeding well" according to Liverpool Township trustee Steve Betteridge. Betteridge provided a brief status report on the project during the regular trustees meeting Monday night.
McCoy Construction is carrying out the work, which will replace the damaged remains of a corrugated metal culvert pipe that ran beneath the road with a new concrete pipe to better withstand future rains. The old pipe and a portion of the hillside beneath the road were washed away by torrential rainstorms that rolled through the area on July 10.
The project is expected to cost $34,110, with the township picking up $3,310 of that sum. The rest will be covered by a $30,800 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, which trustees applied for last month.
Workers from McCoy Construction have begun repairs to John Campbell Road on the west side of Liverpool Township. A drain culvert pipe the ran beneath a portion of the road was washed out during the July 10 rainstorm that pounded the area. The road will remain closed for several weeks until repairs are completed. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
The road will remain closed for the next few weeks until work is completed.
Chip and seal road work has been completed in the township, though not as much as would have been preferred. The limiting factor was a lack of access to the gravel compound necessary for the work. Betteridge says the township had acquired slag from local steels mills in past years, an option that has diminished along with the mills themselves.
The material that dominates now is limestone, which Betteridge said trustees would prefer not to use. "We really don't care for it because it's slippery in the wintertime and it doesn't melt [snow] as well," he said.
Trustees approved the hiring of another part-time police officer to augment the department's four full-time officers. Betteridge said the department has hired part-timers in the past, but many of them moved on quickly when other opportunities presented themselves. Trustees may look into hiring additional part-timers in the future, but Betteridge says they will remain with their present ranks.
Betteridge and fellow trustee Keith Burke also voted to renew a contract for emergency police and fire dispatch services through the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department. The agreement will be up for renewal again in seven years.
In other news:
* Trustee Karl "Butch" Kontnier was absent from the the meeting due to a medical issue.
* New health coverage for township employees was also discussed, but according to Betteridge, no decisions will be made anytime soon. "We're just kicking that around at the moment," he said.