By Melanie Yingst
August 20, 2014
CONCORD TOWNSHIP — Concord Township trustees addressed the stormwater flooding issues in the area of Beechwood Drive and on Tuesday visited the site of the neighborhood where several residents have complained of water issues.
Trustee Tom Mercer said he visited the site of the flooding issue and talked with residents who brought up the concerns. Mercer also requested assistance from the township’s legal adviser Christopher Englert on the flooding issue and the residents of the townships’ three options. The three options are petition by the citizens, petition by the township or citizens hiring private contractors to help alleviate the problem themselves.
Mercer said as a trustee, he requested more information on what the township’s role in the flood issue would be.
All three township trustees agreed that a meeting for the approximately 40 or more residents would be planned in the near future at the township building. Once contact was made with Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp, a date will be set to discuss the three options for residents.
“We all realize there is a problem,” Mercer said.
Mercer and trustees Don Pence and Bill Whidden all agreed to try to have a meeting scheduled at the next township meeting.
Road superintendent Neil Rhoades said the township will have several roads paved this week. The following roads will be paved: Peebles Road from State Route 718 and Wilson Road and Forest Road from Fenner to State Route 718.
Brush removal program
Rhoades addressed the brush pick-up program for the township. The township staff picks up brush on the last two working days of each month from April through September. Due to some issues, Rhoades wanted to clarify the brush pick-up program to help residents participate in the program.
The trustees clarified the language of the brush removal program. The information will be posted on its tab on the township’s website. Trustees gave Rhoades and employees permission to leave a copy of the program to clarify the program’s procedures when necessary.
For Concord Township residents, the brush pick-up program is as follows: Residents who wish to schedule a brush pick-up should call the township office at 339-1492 and leave their name and address. This service is provided to residents to help dispose of routine clippings and tree trimmings. The service is not designed for the removal of limbs from a topped-out tree, a tree cut to the ground or the total removal of a tree. Limbs cannot be longer than 6 feet in length and cannot be larger than 3 inches in diameter.
Brush can not be mixed with any other debris. The township picks up leaves in October and November. Grass clippings cannot be accepted at any time. If leaves or grass are in with the brush, none of it will be taken. The staff follows a route for this service. All brush must be out by 7:30 a.m. on the first day of the two-day schedule. The crew cannot return to areas previously covered.
Rhoades and his staff reserve the right to refuse debris that is excessive in size and/or quantity.