Liberty Township looks to add to road department

LIBERTY — Township trustees are planning to add three to four part-time workers to the road department to get road projects completed this spring and summer.

Trustees will meet on the topic 6:30 p.m. Monday at the township Administration Building. Trustee Arnold Clebone said at a special meeting Thursday the board will act on hiring three or four part-time workers to help address the many potholes and cracks in roads.

“We need people out there working to fill the potholes,” Clebone said.

Officials said the road department addresses the main roads first, just as it does with snow removal, and then the side roads, dead ends and cul-de-sacs.

Also on Monday, trustees will consider increasing cemetery rates to be in line with other communities and generate additional money for cemetery maintenance.

Being proposed is increasing grave purchases for residents from $600 to $700 and for non-residents from $800 to $900.

Clebone said trustees also are considering increasing park fees to help generate more money for park maintenance. He said since many people already have made reservations for events at the parks this year, any approved increases would not take effect until 2019.

New rates being proposed are large pavilion rental from $125 to $175 for residents and $225 to $275 for non-residents, and small pavilion rental from $50 to $100 for residents and $75 to $125 for non-residents.

As for monthly meetings, plans are to hold the regular meeting the third Monday of the month with open public discussion from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

Clebone said at Monday’s meeting, there will be discussion on possibly getting solar roofs for the administration building and maintenance building as a cost savings.

Township Administrator Patrick Ungaro said in addition to looking at savings through solar roofs, the township also is seeking grants for LED lighting for the parks, ballfields, fire department and other township property.

“LED lighting is so much cheaper that we could see significant savings in lighting,” he said.

Ungaro said he has heard other communities that have gone to all LED lighting have seen savings of up to $50,000 a year.