Springfield trustees passed a motion to authorize Summit County Action

Springfield TWP, Ohio —

Trustees passed a motion to authorize the Summit County engineer, as the township engineer, to perform engineering duties and find funding for the Tritts Mill Pond Dam, which would meet the compliance and time lines of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) notice of violation.

Trustee Dean Young said during the Sept. 8 meeting the township received a notice of violation from ODNR pertaining to repairs needed on the dam. The engineering staff inspected the dam Aug. 12 after the lake drain had been opened part way to help alleviate flooding upstream during heavy rains. The ODNR report stated that the dam was in very poor condition and is being operated and maintained in violation of state dam safety laws.

Trustees approved a motion Aug. 11 stating the dam lake drain to be open with the intention to allow more overflow room during heavy rains. Richard Kaylor, road superintendent, opened the drain Aug. 12.  Kaylor said on July 17 6.25- inches of rain fell in a two hour time period, which caused flooding to several businesses up stream.

ODNR engineers observed conditions including insufficient spillway capacity to safely pass 25 percent of the probable maximum flood, spillway system is severely undermined and deteriorated with severe erosion on the downstream slope and no emergency action plan or operations, maintenance and inspection manual. They required remediation to bring the dam into full compliance with Ohio’s dam safety laws.

Some residents living along the now dry, muddy area known as Tritts Mill Pond would like to see it refilled.  The first step slated in making the repairs is to investigate funding, which is what the trustees are doing by passing the motion to authorize the county engineer to perform the engineering duties and seek funding.

Resident Howard Hartley asked the trustees what residents should expect at the Tritts Mill Pond.

Kaylor said they do not have answers themselves at this point.

Trustee Bruce Killian said for now it is being left open for temporary relief on the dam.

Young said it’s the intent of trustees to hold a meeting with county officials. Interested property owners could sit in on the meeting.

The board directed Police Chief John Smith to formulate a plan to increase enforcement of rules of safety on Springfield Lake and report the same to the trustees by Dec. 1.

The report would include recommendations for any action required by the trustees.

Residents attending the Aug. 11 meeting ask for increased patrol due to the potential for accidents as boaters were not following the posted rules.

Resident Lloyd McVey thanked the board and Smith for their attention to the issues.

Other business included:

  • Approved a purchase order for $57,053.53 for the Township’s share of the Summit County Engineer’s Pavement Maintenance Program for 2011. As a part of this program the township was able to save time and costs.
  • Expenditure out of the Parks budget is not to exceed $10,000, one half will be reimbursed by a grant from the Ohio Erie Canalway Coalition, for examination of title, survey or environmental assessment of areas for development of potential hike and bike trails. Results of the title examination would be provided to the Board before proceeding.
  • Authorization to pay the townships fair share, $1,500 to Metro SWAT for the purchase of an armored vehicle. Lakemore will pay $500 for their share and Springfield $1,000.
  • Approval of repair costs for dump truck in the amount of $1,428.83.