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Trustees look to remove trees, approve sign

December 19, 2013
By DEVIN BEZEREDI - Salineville Reporter ( , The Review

CALCUTTA-In November a wind storm left 11 tree limbs protruding from the St. Clair township administration building's rubberized roof. On Tuesday St. Clair trustees took steps to ensure no more tree limbs will be damaging the roof.

Township building custodian Richard Wright discovered the damage on the morning of Nov. 18 after the area experienced high winds the night before. Wright discovered that the limbs had fallen from several maple trees on the property adjacent to the township building.

The roof, which was installed in 2002, was in good shape prior to the November wind storm, according to trustees who noted the roof had just undergone inspection by the company that installed it.

At Tuesday's meeting trustees announced they are close to reaching an agreement with the owners of the property on which the trees sit. Trustees drew up a "tree removal agreement" with the help of the county prosecutors office and presented it to the property owners. They said the property owners have yet to sign the agreement but seem agreeable to its terms.

The agreement would allow the township to have the five maples removed at the township's expense. Trustees say they have been gathering quotes for the job from various area tree removal services. Trustees said they are waiting on better weather to repair the damage to the roof.

"Without us doing this it will just happen again," said Trustee Robert Swickard.

In other business, trustees approved the purchase of a custom monument sign for the township and Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department. Trustees called the sign's construction a "joint venture" which will allow both the township and fire department to advertise and display information on the sign.

The sign will sit on the property in front on the fire station along Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road.

Trustees say they have agreed to pay for the sign while the fire department has agreed to provide materials, build a stone structure for the sign to sit in and provide electricity to operate the sign. The township will purchase the LED display from Signs Express.

The color display of the sign is 30 inches high by 70 inches wide, according to trustees. Including features such a custom topper and a two-sided internally illuminated header cabinet the total cost will be $21,604. The cost includes a five year parts and on-site labor warranty.



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