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Pike trustees discuss Briggle, Haut area

By NANCY COLLIER The Press-News Published: September 23, 2016 10:00 AM

PIKE TWP.-- Several residents of the Briggle and Haut area were present when township trustees met in regular session Sept. 19.

Those in attendance were concerned about action taken at the last meeting concerning tree removal on road right of way. Board President Doug Baum explained the resident in question had rescinded permission for the trees to be cut.

Resident Ron Stallman asked what was legal in tree removal. Baum explained that usually if tree limbs would reach the white line of a road, the township tries to work with the property owner. Resident Jerry Gardner said there must be an Ohio law that tells where the right of way is. Road supervisor Mark Pahanish explained it varies from road to road. He said some are surveyable, while some are the hard surfaces the township takes care of.

Pahanish reported his crew is almost finished with mowing with the exceptions of Briggle, Haut, Ullett, and Kieffer. He also said they have been working on Elson, digging out stumps to clear a hill, then will plant clover to hold the bank. He said the chip and seal work that was postponed for completion of pipeline work will be done Wednesday and Thursday,

Paul Mosberger again reminded residents to check their electric bills to make sure they are being charged at the .539 rate. If not, they should call Trebel at 614-425-4885 or Capital Energy at 614-540-2422.

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Melscheimer School restoration chairperson Nancy Snyder said she is still waiting on a reply for a grant for the schoolhouse, and that the tuck pointing is done, and looks great.

In other business, trustees:

DECIDED to have the utility truck cleaned of rust at a cost of $890.

AGREED to have concrete work done on the apron of the township building at a cost of $6,000.

SET Trick or Treat for Sunday, October 30, from 3-5 p.m.

ANNOUNCED the last cleanup day of the year will be Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

REMINDED residents that the next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 3 at East Sparta Fire Station in the village. An open house will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting.

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