Trustees: Oak Ridge Road issue a thing of the past

WELLSVILLE–Yellow Creek Township Trustees’ issues with Oak Ridge Road are now a thing of the past.

On Tuesday, trustees declared a portion of the road near the gated area a non-maintained road, effective Jan. 1. That portion begins at 10th Street Extension, then travels southwest 0.746 miles.

Trustee Chairman Kenny Biacco said the board had received the resolution by legal counsel Andy Beech earlier in the day, and felt the matter at the area near the gate was handled.

The road situation started in November when trustees requested a survey from the county engineer’s office, only for that survey to be put on hold when the engineer’s office told the township that no records on that portion of the road existed.

Acting on Beech’s advice, officials measured from 10th Street to state Route 39, and across Route 39 onto Oak Ridge until they got to the gate. Officials then determined the total amount of road mileage in question was 0.99 miles, 0.746 of which were chipped and sealed and 0.187 consisting of gravel road. Altogether, 0.933 miles of that road will be handled by the township.

Road foreman Bodine Jackson said new signs have been placed in the area.

In other business:

— Highlandtown volunteer fire Chief Jeremiah Coles presented the end-of-year reports for 2018, with emphasis on calls answered in Yellow Creek Township. Out of the 236 total calls answered by Highlandtown fire crews, 115 of them were in Yellow Creek Township, which Coles said is where the most calls took place in the fire department’s coverage area this year.

— Biacco provided an update on the situation of the curve at Boyd Road, which was discussed at the Dec. 18 meeting as residents expressed concerns about that turn, which they said has caused many accidents. Jackson confirmed that a “Curve Ahead” and arrow signs were installed on each side of the road, and a few of the trees were trimmed down.

— At the conclusion of the meeting, trustees went into executive session to discuss permits, with no action taken afterward.

The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the David Boyd Meeting Hall on Oak Ridge Road.