Wells trustees endorse levy for Buckeye schools

From staff reports

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township trustees recently took action to endorse the emergency levy proposed for the Buckeye Local School District and also learned of grant funds available for work at the gazebo.

The school district’s 2.2-mill levy for school safety will be on the ballot in the May primary election.

Trustee Joe Ellis reported the JB Green Team had approved a $1,000 grant for work at the gazebo.

In other matters, Solicitor Michelle Miller reported assistance can be offered to facilitate voting at the Plum Run Church of Christ as a cooperative project with the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

The lack of handicapped access at the church was discussed at a previous meeting when trustees talked about what could be done so the church could be used for voting by township residents.

Trustees unanimously approved a request from Charles Nest, swimming pool manager, for Charles Stock, Morgan Foster, Tori Nest, Nick Piergallini, Ashley Taylor and Bethany Tinsman to be rehired at the pool to help with preparations.

Fiscal Officer Joseph Matthews reported public records training for elected officials is available June 18 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

A representative of the Brilliant Little League thanked trustees for use of the old fire hall for a fundraiser. He said he also wanted to determine the responsibilities of the township and Little League concerning maintenance of the new ball field.

Township officials will install a water line to the area and will cut the grass outside the field. Maintenance inside is the League’s responsibility.

The grass tractor has been repaired and will be returned to the field, according to Ellis.

Elizabeth Cook of the recreation department said June 22 is designated as “family fun day.”

An Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority inspection is due for the township’s insurance, according to a report.

It was noted chip and seal work will be done this year.

Trustee Larry Owens reported he had talked to a Coen Oil representative, and company officials hope to open a gas station by July 4, and plans are to expand the public dining area inside. BP gasoline will be sold, and it is expected there will be 20-25 employees.

Owens complimented the Ohio Department of Transportation for work on the state Route 7 ramp.

A resident said he wanted surveyors off his property, noting he did not want the road being surveyed reopened since it would bring truck traffic to the area.

Later, trustees voted to remove township Road 151 from nonmaintained status, with Ellis and Owens voting in favor of the motion and Trustee John Cook abstaining. The road was placed on nonmaintained status on Aug. 25, 2010.

The resident, who objected to surveyors on his property, and his wife objected to that move, saying it was unnecessary and will cause increased truck traffic in the area, reducing safety.

It was reported the Lions Club will provide two $250 scholarships for Buckeye Local High School graduates, $250 for a Boys State delegate and $250 for a church youth group.