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Boston trustees pass on road projects

1/16/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

At the Jan. 8 Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting, trustees decided to pass on some potential road improvement projects due to budgetary concerns.

According to Road Superintendent Tim Tesmer, the county offers a program to all townships and cities giving them a chance to combine some of their biggest road projects in order to save some money. Tesmer said repairs needed on Hines Hill Road, Main Street and Woodland and Morris drives could all be included in the project.

“Some of these roads haven’t been repaved in 13 years,” Tesmer said, “so, the township definitely got their money’s worth out of them, and they should be repaved soon.”

Trustee Randy Bergdorf asked Tesmer if he could provide the trustees with estimates for the repair without committing to the project.

Tesmer said the repairs to Main Street, Woodland and Morris drives would cost about $12,000 and the repairs to Hines Hill would be about $16,000.

“I don’t think this is a good idea at this time,” said Trustee President Amy Anderson. “I’m going to have to pass.”

The two other trustees, Bergdorf and Jerry Ritch, agreed with her that the township couldn’t afford the expenses at this time.

In other business, trustees:

  • were informed the new roof on the Township Hall building was completed or nearly completed. Work stopped for a few days due to the bitterly cold temperatures, but other than that it had been steady. A new sign to be placed on the outside of the building was scheduled to be installed the weekend of Jan. 11; and
  • were given a financial summary for 2013. According to Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon, the township expenses increased by about $32,000 while the income fell by about $52,000. Ritch suggested the trustees set aside some time within the next month to go over the budget and see where cuts can be made.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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