The Sheffield Township Supervisors meeting on Monday evening focused largely on addressing residents' concerns, but also included approval of paying the township's portion for replacement of the Center Street bridge.
The supervisors approved payment of $161,023.20 worth of bills; approximately $139,000 of that represents the bridge payment.
The issue of Halloween vandalism was brought before the board.
Sheffield Township Police reported three incidents of vandalism on Halloween night.
Two of the victims a couple who live on Center Street asked the supervisors to address the issue. They suggested an early curfew be imposed annually on the night and questioned whether the supervisors had the power to enact the legislation.
The supervisors assured them that they did have the authority, and said Sheffield has a standing 11 p.m. curfew for minors that applies year-round.
"We could," Supervisor John Labesky said. "We could cancel Halloween, too."
The couple said they did not want to see a general ban on Halloween activities that would affect younger trick-or-treaters. They suggested an 8 p.m. curfew on that day only.
"It's something that happens all over," Chairman James McMillen said. "You can't do much unless you catch them (vandals), but we have issues with this every year."
The residents suggested the township address the problem, saying they wanted to see action before someone got hurt, either accidentally or through resident action against vandals.
The supervisors took no official action on the issue.
The supervisors told residents of Miller Street they are considering options to remedy parking issues on the street.
Under consideration are a proposal to limit parking to one side of the street or to put signs in place not allowing parking in targeted problem areas.
At issue are parking conditions restricting some residents while pulling out of their driveways due to vehicles parked on the other side of the street.
The supervisors decided to look at the area in question and draft a resolution to address the issue in the future.
It was announced the township has signed a two-year renewal of an agreement with UPMC Health for health insurance for township workers. Under the agreement, the township's insurance rates will stay the same at approximately $25,200 per year. As the agreement covers some service already rendered, the township will face negotiation of a new agreement next year.
The supervisors approved a resolution to move a property at 101 Hall St. to the Warren County Blighted Property Review Committee for further action.
It was announced that Junior Supervisor Christopher Pedersen organized student crews to help fix the retaining wall at the sports complex. Pedersen worked with the school to allow the service to count toward required community service hours needed to graduate.
Sheffield Area Middle/High School Principal Amy Beers requested Sheffield Township Police coordinate with the school to organize a bullying program. The supervisors suggested organizing something for the spring and looking into funding for a national level speaker or program.
It was reported the township had a general fund balance of approximately $52,279 and CDs, certificates and deposits totaling approximately $93,957. The township's capital reserve fund stood at $60,998. The lighting and fire funds contained $7,512 and $20,872, respectively.