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Fairfield Township residents question snow removal efforts

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:05 p.m.

Fairfield Township's supervisors meeting was met with questions last week by three township residents about the recent snow removal and lack of treatment efforts by the township on the roads throughout their neighborhood.

“I've lived here 55 years and I have never seen Hypocrite Creek Road so bad,” said Sally Saxon.

Chairman Vaughn Tantlinger defended his and supervisor Jim Brown's efforts to keep the roads clear by saying that some roads were groomed more than three times due to the recent heavy snowfalls.

Saxon questioned if the blade on the plow all the way down. Tantlinger said the township's plow blade was down as far as they could take it, however, the washboard effect created on the road with continual snow and ice was unfortunate. Because of the asphalt on townships roads that lead onto other dirt and gravel roads, it is not impossible to use salt in their road treatment efforts, Tantlinger said.

“Blue Rock anti-skid at $17 a ton seems to work best on roads, whether they be asphalt, gravel or dirt,” said Tantlinger.

Shirley LaMantia of Bridges Road voiced similar complaints about road conditions when her mother experienced a medical emergency on New Year's day and had to be transported out of the area on a snowed-in road. LaMantia questioned the supervisors about how they decide which roads to repair in 2013.

“We've been trying to keep up with the placement of water pipes alongside roadways where water collects,” said Tantlinger. “Most of our roads have open ditches which can further result in extended problems to the roadways.”

Elizabeth Hughes voiced similar winter weather road concerns and indicated that more traffic is developing on Patterson Road in her neighborhood.

“In order to be qualified for state liquid fuels monies for road repair, the road has to be traveled on at 15 miles an hour,” said Tantlinger.

In other news:

• Township supervisors will release a $1,200 bond for BWP after they receive payment for the two loads of gravel purchased for fill in on the road.

• The Tri-Community Sewage Authority of West Bolivar, Bolivar and Robinson asked the Fairfield vacancy on the authority's board created due to the personal health problems affecting a family member of board member Lane Garland.

The next supervisors meeting will be held 7 p.m. Feb. 14, in the Fairfield Township Building.

Alice White is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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