Wells Township hears about Buckeye levy

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township trustees received information at a recent meeting about the proposed 2.1-mill levy for the Buckeye Local School District and also heard about planned work on Salt Run Road.

Sue Nolan, Buckeye North Elementary School principal, outlined the district’s proposed levy, noting it is for security upgrades in district in the wake of several school shootings nationally. The proposed five-year levy would provide resource officers at each building and psychologists and social workers as well as building upgrades, including holding areas in each building so someone allowed in could not access the entire building.

Police Chief John Ingram asked the trustees to pass a resolution of support for the proposed levy that will be on the May 7. He said the security plan has been well thought-out and is needed in today’s environment.

The students’ safety is the primary concern, according to the police chief. The school buildings were designed in a different era, and even the quickest response time to a call is not fast enough to prevent a shooting tragedy, he said.

It was decided consideration would be given to an endorsement when the full board is present.

In other matters, Road Superintendent John Keyoski reported Oxford Mining has entered into a contract with Wilson Blacktop for work on Salt Run Road at its expense. The project will be done as soon as the weather permits, and the expense to Oxford will be more than $100,000.

Some restoration work also will be done on the upper end of that road.

Keyoski also said 14 beaver dams have been removed on Miner Road, but more remain.

He also reported material has been ordered for the Hukill Street drainage project, and road employees will attend Occupational Safety and Health Administration classes Friday and April 11.

Truck maintenance, according to Keyoski, will be done in-house when possible this year because of budget constraints.

The Brilliant Water Department has passed tests for mercury standards in the water, according to Trustee Larry Owens.

Trustee Joe Ellis reported no answer has been received on the legality of Wells Township’s matching funds for a grant to bring the Plum Run Church of Christ up to handicapped standards to allow voting to continue there. He asked for public comments to be forwarded to the trustees’ office.

A Plum Run resident asked about surveying being done on his property, and Ellis said Vince Dowdell has been hired to determine if a township road right-of-way exists at the location. The resident said if it does exists, it has not been maintained or used in more than 50 years.

Ellis said the reason for the survey is that township officials need to know what roads exist if gas drillers or pipeline companies come through the area.

Also, a motion was approved to renew the township’s existing health care plan through Starmark.

Unusual water runoff into a run, including an oil-looking residue, recently occurred from nearby coal operations, according to a resident. Ellis said that he had talked to company officials about the problem, and corrections were made.

It was reported the Brilliant Lions Club will have a fundraiser dinner on April 14 at the Presbyterian church, and the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department will have a fundraiser golf scramble at Castle Shannon on June 15.

The meeting was held at the Rush Run Community Chapel, and trustees OK’d a motion to reimburse the chapel $50 for meeting expenses.