Roanoke council discusses use agreement for pulling area at Roanoke Park

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a use agreement for the pulling and grandstand area at Roanoke Park during its meeting on Tuesday, April 4.

A request by Chris Hoffman, who is interested in using the area for a truck pull event, prompted the board’s compilation of an agreement, which would apply to all parties interested in using the area going forward.

Council determined that the usage fee for the area would be $750 per event, with a $100 charge to use the lights.

The board, which was without two of its five members, tabled approving the agreement, as well as Hoffman’s request, so both could be discussed by the complete council at its next meeting, April 18.

Council discussed paying for the pumper fire truck that it would like to have built by Summit Fire Apparatus, in Kentucky. First, the board approved an agreement with Jackson Township that would see the township pay $30,000 a year toward the balance of the truck. The payments would start next year and run through 2024. The agreement will now go to the Jackson Township Board for final approval. Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner then presented financing options to the board. Of the options, Kirchner noted that a proposal from Bippus State Bank featured the lowest interest rate, at 3.3 percent. Under the Bippus proposal, payments of $77,798 would be made annually on Feb. 1 from 2018 through 2024.

Before voting to move forward with BSB, Kirchner informed council that it would be best to wait until the town’s payment agreement with Jackson Township got final approval. Upon being approved, she noted that a contract with Summit Fire Apparatus could be finalized and that Summit could then issue the truck a vehicle identification number, which the banking institution requires before an agreement can be entered into. Kirchner projected that this entire process would take four weeks.

Councilwoman Joan Abbott raised a concern about water accumulation on the portion of Fifth Street between Main and Seminary streets. Upon asking Utility Superintendent Paul Swain if anything could be done about it, Swain replied that the Fifth Street storm sewer needed to be rerouted in order to improve its effectiveness.

“It’s time to rebuild that street,” said Swain, “so it functions the way it should.”

When asked what that undertaking would entail, Swain responded that, in addition to the rerouting of the storm sewer, the reinstallation of storm drains, sidewalks and curbs would be included as well.

Council discussed the status of repairs to the curb and sidewalk at the intersection of Vine and Seminary streets. Damage occurred on Feb. 20 when a contractor, Utility Solutions, of Ohio, was using a boring machine and ended up rupturing the water main. While the contractor has offered to pay for the cost of the labor and equipment used in the water main repair, the board wants the repairs to the other infrastructure covered as well. The contractor has not yet informed the town if it will pay for those repairs and the board stated that it would have the town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hibbert, make getting an answer a top priority.

In other street news, council awarded the Commercial Street reconstruction project to Brooks Construction for $236,837.09.