Wed., 10:28am: Fire, police officials complain about Mahoning County roads

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — Township officials will petition the Mahoning County Engineer’s office on behalf of safety service departments.

Trustee Chairman Bob McCracken Monday night asked Damascus Fire Chief Derek Day and Goshen Police Chief Steve McDaniel to submit letters regarding the poor conditions of county maintained roadways, particularly Pine Lake, Garfield and Middletown roads. The request followed Day’s announcement to residents that his department’s response times have been adversely affected by the deteriorating roadways.

A full list of county and township roads is available under the road department tab on the township website,

Additionally Day reminded residents against open burning and motorists to wear their seatbelts. He also noted that the department is always accepting new members and that interested persons should contact him at 330-853-4418.

In other business the trustees agreed to scrap the playground equipment at the administration building if no one expresses interest in taking it by the end of the week. Roads Foreman Jim Stryffeler said that the playground and equipment needs significant maintenance for safety, but that he did not want to invest money into it if the equipment will be removed soon.

The trustees had previously agreed to seek a local non-profit organization to take the playground equipment from the administration building due to impending insurance regulations that would require weekly inspection reports and significant maintenance upgrades for the little used playground, the failure of which to retain being punishable by fines.

The trustees also agreed to pursue a catch basin replacement project in Damascus to submit for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for this summer and approved $40,759 to chip and seal Diagonal Road between Middletown and Duck Creek roads.

Also at the meeting Recycling Coordinator Paul Manypenny announced that a scrap metal and appliance drive is scheduled for daylight hours May 17 through 24 at the Seacrist Road site. He also said the township has received funding after initially being denied for a tire drive that will be held in conjunction with an electronics drive and customer appreciation day on Sept. 13 at the Seacrist Road site.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 12 at the administration building.