More streets added to waterline survey

BRISTOL — The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office will send surveys to residents along state Route 45 and nearby streets to see if there is interest in getting waterlines extended from Champion into Bristol.

Trustee Ramon French said earlier this week the surveys and informational letters will be sent out late summer and early fall. French said a survey was done previously and discussions have been held on the project, but more streets have been added to the survey area, including properties on Thompson Clark Road and Hyde Shaffer Road. He said residents now get water from wells.

“If there is enough interest, a public meeting will be held on what is involved and project costs,” French said.

Trustee Mark Webb said he has spoken to Champion officials about extending waterlines and they have wanted to get waterlines to residents in the Airport Road area.

In other business, French said there is a meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at Levi Miller Shop, 2269 Rice Road, Orwell, hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding an Amish and non-motorized travel study.

French said there is safety concerns of Amish buggies on the roads, especially small children in small wagons and carts being led by ponies and small horses. He said some roads are being widened to create extra space on the sides of roads for Amish buggies.

“I have heard pros and cons on this. The buggy wheels and steel shoes are ruining the roads. … My main concern is safety and I have traveled roads in Geauga, Portage, Ashtabula and Trumbull counties and I see very small children with carts and ponies driving down the road. It’s like little children being on the road on small bicycles. This is a safety concern,” French said.

In other business, trustees:

• Heard from French work is progressing on turning the former zoning office into a historical society display room with items showcasing local history. French said guidelines are being worked on with plans to open the museum by early 2020;

• Heard from Trustee Chairman Doug Seeman of having the county health department inspect an abandoned property at 2405 Mahan Denman Road, which he said is falling down. Officials want to get the property condemned as unfit for habitation so it can be demolished;

• Are working to get a small parking lot and foot path put in at Bowers Cemetery to make it more accessible;

• Received a request from Northeast Ohio Natural Gas Corp, wanting to place a gas service line in the right-of-way going north and south off Thompson Clark Road between state Route 88 and Hyde Shaffer Road;

• Hired Greg Wrightman as a firefighter / emergency medical technician;

• Received a $4,130 grant from the Ohio Division of EMS for the fire department for protective safety vests, a cardio monitor and other needed items;

• Set one meeting next month at 7 p.m. Aug. 13.