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ODNR to seal abandoned mines

BROOKFIELD — Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be coming to the township this month to seal abandoned underground coal mines at the northern section of the township park.

Trustee Chairman Ron Haun said Monday the mines, from the 1890s, have caused some large holes to appear in the ground that pose a public safety hazard.

“This is being done for the safety of the public. The ODNR will cover and fix the holes to make them safe for those in the park,” Haun said.

Park Superintendent Tim Mulligan will work with ODNR officials when they arrive. There is no cost to Brookfield.

The area where the mines have collapsed and the holes appeared has been fenced off.

“A small child could fall in and not be found. We have people who walk in the park and the cross country team runs there,” Trustee Dion Magestro said.

In other business, several residents complained to trustees about unsightly properties.

Haun said officials do what they can with the help of Code Enforcement Officer Jimmy Ewing to make sure properties are kept within code guidelines. Officials hope a zoning issue on today’s ballot will be passed by voters to help provide stronger enforcement for the township on property maintenance and zoning codes.

Also, trustees tabled bids received for a “Jaws of Life,” a mechanical device use to remove people from crashed vehicles, for the fire department to review.

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