2008-04-12 / News

Capt'n Woody's providing more parking

By Charles Prince

JACKSONTOWN - This weekend, April 11 - 13, is Licking Township's Fifth Annual Road Clean-up. Once again, residents are asked to pick a stretch of roadway and then clean it up sometime during the weekend. Details are at the township's website at www. lickingtwpohio.us.

Licking County Recycling and Litter Prevention assist the township by using inmate labor to clean up the most heavily travelled roads. They've finished everything except U.S. 40 and Ohio 13. Here's what has been picked up so far: • Cristland Hills - 172 bags • Lake Drive - 111 bags • Ridgely Tract - 50 bags • Dorsey Mill - 38 bags • Linville - 39 bags

A total of 27 tires have also been picked up. Trustee Joe Cooper coordinates the clean-up each year. He said staff at The Dawes Arboretum is participating again by picking up its perimeter.

Signs prohibiting parking on the weekends in The Woods at Buckeye Lake subdivision should be installed soon, Trustee Dave Miller reported. Last year, trustees approved a series of ordinances to keep Avondale area bar patrons from parking in the subdivision. Violators will be towed.

Avondale resident Rick Rife told trustees that he thought Capt'n Woody's got a bad rap last year. He said some of the people parking in The Woods were going to Papa Boo's. Rife said there are three bars in the area and that patrons frequently move from one to another.

Chad Braeuer, a manager at Capt'n Woody's, said he was sorry that the township had already ordered the signs. His staff will be directing patrons to park in the 75- vehicle capacity private lot opened for QFM 96's Breakfast Club last Labor Day weekend. Braeuer also said he has hired a person to clean up litter every weekend. "I'm trying to do something for you guys," he said. Braeuer said they don't serve much beer in bottles and don't allow patrons to leave with them.

He also pledged to work with neighbors. "I'll work with the bands on noise." He gave neighbors his cell phone number.

His comments were well received by neighbors and trustees. President Joe Hart thanked him for responding to concerns, noting that a previous manager just listened to complaints at a meeting, and left without saying a word.

Miller announced the list of township roads to be reviewed for paving this year. They are: Rosemary Road, Westview Place, Miller Avenue, Zanesville Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, Hupp Road, Licking Trails North, Licking Trails south of 306 and Wilshire Drive. He is consulting with the county engineer's officeon the process.

"All roads will be bid by length, width and thickness," Miller added. Options include chip/seal, motor pave and zone paving. Zone paving is only resurfacing areas that need it rather than doing an entire stretch of roadway.

"We usually do two rounds," he explained. Fiscal Officer Jill Linn told Hart the township generally spends about $200,000 a year for resurfacing. Miller is concerned that fixing up deteriorated Hupp Road could take a big chunk of this year's budget. Harbor Hills representative Bill Ours asked Miller to add the concrete portion of Amherst Drive to the evaluation list. Miller agreed, but both he and Ours agreed it will be difficultto address. Miller reported that the township's road inventory for 2008 is 41.79 miles.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson said the firecompany made 85 runs in March - 69 EMS, 11 fireand fivedive team mutual aid. Runs total 274 year-to-date. Wilson said the company was "humbled" by an $85,000 bequest in memory of Ralph and Florence Renner. The gift must be used toward the construction of a new firehouse. Wilson said Ralph was one of the original firedepartment members. "I hope we can live up to their faith in us," he added. The gift will be placed in a special account with any interest earned credited to that account.

After a brief discussion, trustees awarded the cemetery mowing contract to Lakewood Lawn Service at $195 per mowing. A slightly lower bid was rejected since the company isn't currently insured. The third bid was more than twice Lakewood's. Cooper noted that last year's contractor hasn't made good on his commitment to repair some monuments scrapped during mowing. That company is no longer in business, but trustees will follow up with the former owner.

After some discussion, Cooper agreed to forward a proposal from Michael Payne for a Recreational District to the zoning commission. Trustees were uncertain whether Payne was seeking a specific amendment to the current zoning resolution to accommodate his proposed campground off Avondale Road or something broader. Payne said his proposal is broader than his specific request. He believes the township should include a Recreational District in the rewrite of the 1964 zoning resolution. The zoning commission is currently reviewing a revised draft of the rewrite. Neither the existing resolution nor the current draft of the rewrite includes such a district or designation. "I think there is some merit in this," Miller said.

Trustees' next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21 in the firesubstation on Ohio 13 just south of U.S. 40.

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