Yellow Creek to seek renewal of road levy

WELLSVILLE — Yellow Creek Township trustees on Tuesday voted to place the renewal of a 2-mill levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The levy is a five-year renewal for the purchase and maintenance of road equipment. It was first passed in 2015. The levy is expected to raise approximately $72,200 annually. It will not raise taxes.

In other action, the board:

— Announced the Ohio EPA will be back next week to remove the excessive amounts of tires from the Taggart Hill property.

— Announced they have not received any bids on the 1997 International truck with plow and spreader. They have reset the bid date to July 23, with a minimum bid of $10,000.

— Proposed sending a letter to Madison Township and Bechtel suggesting Madison takes responsibility for conducting the speed study to have the speed reduced on Hibbetts Mill Road during the construction of the South Field Energy Plant. The trustees did agree to help with the study but concluded with the construction taking place mostly on Madison Township’s section of Hibbetts Mill, it would be more productive for Madison to conduct the study and enforce the speed limit change.

— Approved Russell Heights residents’ request to close Willow and Florence for a neighborhood block party from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sept. 7. Trustees will notify the sheriff’s office and fire department, but request they provide the road blocks.

— Provided updates on Hibbetts Mill Road’s deterioration. The rain has caused the road to begin falling into a nearby creek. Trustee Ken Biacco contacted the Ohio Public Works to request assistance in the repair of the road, but Ohio Public Works does not have the money in its budget and cannot help at this time. The trustees were encouraged to fill out an application for assistance next year.

— Announced the county should be in Yellow Creek Thursday to begin chip-sealing the roads, Wells Hollow Road is expected to be the first road worked on.

— A resident attended to ask the board if they could assist him in having Comcast run wires to his house. Comcast has priced running a line to his house at $5,000, and the resident wanted to know if there was anything the township could do. The trustees do not have any jurisdictional power over the phone, cable or internet lines, and cannot help the resident, but offered to find out why it was priced at $5,000.

— The next meeting will be 7 p.m. July 23.