Road extension discussed by trustees

From staff reports

BRILLIANT – Pros and cons of the extension of Plum Run Road were expressed during a recent meeting of the Wells Township trustees.

Two persons objected to the extension of Plum Run Road to Miner Road. One of them said he thought the cause of flooding had been resolved, and opening the road would only increase truck traffic in the area while adding new illegal dump opportunities. He also said putting in a new road would only be an expense the township’s taxpayers need not incur.

A resident of that road also opposed the extension, citing dumping and increased traffic on narrow roads as reasons.

Two other residents of that area said they missed work because of previous flooding and would very much like to see another way off the hill.

Later in the meeting, Trustee Joe Ellis said last year’s paving on Plum Run Road was done as a result of Issue 2 money. He noted property will be donated to establish the extension of that road, and Oxford Coal may donate the stone needed. Also, according to Ellis, the road could be opened without major expense to the township, and he thought it was important to establish an alternate way out of the area for safety reasons.

It was pointed out the Buckeye Local School District also is in favor of the extension.

In other matters, Trustee John Goosman thanked the Jefferson County commissioners for the $3,000 recreation grant received by the township. He added the county has provided funds for many projects in the past for the township, including $20,000 for the ball field and walking track.

Other grants also were discussed with Goosman and Trustee Larry Owens commenting on accomplishments in the township as a result of outside money.

Properties were discussed, and plans for the inspection of a trailer on Plum Road mentioned. The siding is torn off the trailer.

Road Superintendent John Keyoski reported a problem with the grass tractor, but noted Southeastern Equipment has provided a new loaner so grass mowing is continuing. He also said the hole in Labelle Street will be addressed.

A motion was approved to buy a new slide for the swimming pool at an approximate cost of $3,000. As of the meeting date, donations for the slide totaled $1,500 with $500 more promised for this purchase.

Charles Nest, pool manager, said the pool is open, and it has a new pump. He thanked Keyoski and his crew for their work in getting the pool open on time. Nest said the pool opened for Memorial Day for the first time since he has been manager, and a large crowd attended.

New umbrella chairs are on order for the pool, according to Nest.

At the pool manager’s recommendation, trustees hired Michael McCain and Ryan Newton to work at the pool.

Trustee Brian Harvey Jr. reported paperwork has been completed for the New Alexandria Road property, and notice now can be given.

Harvey also said several residents have been visited and asked to cut their grass, with many complying.

A motion was approved to pay the Plum Run Church $50 as a meeting expense.

Trustees also OK’d a motion to pay bills totaling $63,476.74.