2009-07-25 / News

No decision on road bids

HEBRON - Union Township Trustees are still deciding whether a road paving contract bid is too good to be true.

Earlier this month trustees opened bids from the Shelly Company and Mid-Ohio Paving to repave seven township roads, which include Grande Pointe, Old Farm Road, and Margaret Lane. Shelly bid $120,949.78 and Mid- Ohio bid $100,826.47. Trustees delayed making their decision that night because they weren't sure how Mid-Ohio could bid so much less than Shelly.

Trustee President John Slater said Monday night that there's ambiguity in the asphalt sealing material Mid-Ohio Paving plans to use. Slater said the trustees would ask the Licking County engineer if Mid-Ohio's sealer is right for the job. "We won't decide anything until then," he said. Slater added that trustees may chose the more expensive bid if they are not convinced that Mid-Ohio plans to use an acceptable sealer. Trustees previously said they would make their decision at a yet-to-be scheduled special meeting.

In other township news:

• Slater said William Kramer, owner of Kramer & Associates - a Cincinnati based emergency services consulting firm- agreed to arbitrate a dispute between trustees and the Village of Hebron about the distribution of EMS billing revenue. "We need to talk about scheduling," said Slater.

Trustees agreed to sign a oneyear contract with Hebron for fire protection provided Hebron agrees to let an arbitrator decide that specific issue. Trustees believe the township is entitled to 60 percent of all the EMS billing revenue the Hebron Fire Department collects because the township contributes 60 percent of the Hebron department's operational expenses. Hebron Village Council members maintain that it's not that simple, and some runs are not eligible to collect EMS billing revenue. Trustees and council members have been at a stalemate since January.

Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason said he believes Hebron Village Council members would agree to an arbitrator, but added that he has the authority to approve an arbitrator himself, if necessary.

• Police Chief and Zoning Inspector Paula Green said progress is being made to convince property owners to mow their lawns; several Union Township properties, some in affluent areas, have very tall grass.

Green said Monday that the owner of a particularly unkempt property in the Hartman Farms development mowed the grass, but there is still a junk vehicle on the property.

Green said she's ready to send letters to the owners of residential properties with unreasonably tall grass, warning them that they need to mow it soon or face possible legal ramifications.

• Trustee Jesse Ours said he's receiving complaints from residents about loud motorcycles roaring through the township, adding that some people are saying they are more of a noise nuisance jake brakes on trucks. Slater said he believes the motorcycles are not allowed on the road without proper mufflers, but also believes officers can't cite them unless they're stopped for a traffic violation.

Sgt. Karla Taulbee of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Public Affairs Unit said it is illegal to have straight pipes on a motorcycle. Factory mufflers are stamped on the underside indicating they meet EPA requirements. She said troopers check for that stamp and will cite a motorcyclist for having straight pipes.

Since Ohio does not have a state decibel law, Taulbee said troopers do not cite someone for loudness unless they can prove a defect through the lack of an EPA stamp or having a straight pipe. Of course if someone admits to the officer that they do not have baffles in their exhaust system, then the trooper will have the option to cite the driver, she said. Boards of county commissioners and of township trustees can set noise limit regulations for motorcycles.

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