2009-07-25 / News

Township seeking bids on seven road projects

By Charles Prince

JACKSONTOWN - Licking Township Trustees agreed Monday night to seek bids for seven road improvement projects. Bids will be opened at their August 17 meeting.

The projects are:

• Ridgeley Tract Road (west of the railroad track to Lake Drive): A two inch asphalt overlay 3717 feet long by 16 feet wide plus a 100 foot long one to three inch leveling coat.

• Ridgeley Tract Road (east of railroad track): Two 160 foot long by 17 feet wide patches of two inch asphalt overlay.

• Licking Trail (between U.S. 40 and Ridgeley Tract): A two inch asphalt overlay on sections 350 foot long by 18 foot wide and 250 foot long by 18 foot wide.

• Licking Trail (between I-70 and U.S. 49): A two inch asphalt overlay on sections 425 feet long y 18 feet wide and 75 feet long by 18 feet wide.

• Ridgeley Tract (west of Lake Drive to Union Township line): Chip and seal 8,425 feet by 20 feet wide.

• Cormician Way: Two inch asphalt overlay for 330 feet by 16 feet wide.

• Lee-Mar Height: Crack sealing.

Trustee Dave Miller, who has primary responsibility for township roads, described the roads as "the worst of the worst."

Trustees also discussed the possibility of including the former Buckeye Scenic railroad crossings on the project bid list. The roadways were torn up when the Evans Foundation purchased the old rail line and removed the track last year. Trustee President Joe Hart reported on his conversation with Sarah Wallace who heads up the foundation. "I told her that our position is that we expect the road to return," he said. The Foundation believes they will prevail in their legal dispute with some property owners and intend to restart their contract with The Shelly Company to pave the former rail bed for use a bike trail, Hart added. That paving would include paving the former rail crossings. He recommended that trustees hold off on the former crossings this year and see what happens in court. Trustees have been grading and adding stone as needed to them.

Hart also discussed the status the Foundation's rusting trolley cars near the I-70 overpass on Lancer Drive with Wallace. The foundation has determined that they don't have any historical value and intend to have them removed. He told Wallace that Ours Towing had expressed an interest in doing the job at a previous trustees' meeting.

Hart had bad news for Harbor Hills resident Marshall Eubanks who had filed a formal complaint about the trolley cars with trustees. Eubanks wanted trustees to use their authority under HB50 to have them removed. Assistant county prosecutor Jim Miller told Hart that HB50 isn't applicable since it applies solely to junk motor vehicles.

Monday night's meeting was a breeze compared to the July 6 meeting. Rolland Watson of West View Place complained about 'road creep.' He said a 7.5 foot wide dirt road has now grown to a paved 15-foot wide road by moving onto his property. "I want the darn road moved," Watson said. "Start moving the road back."

He added that township employees had removed ten new fence posts on his property the winter before last. Watson said he was told that it was done on the order of former Trustee Ron Acord. He demanded the return of his posts. Trustees sent road supervisor Steve Patterson to see if the posts had been placed in storage. When he couldn't find any, Hart asked Watson if he would accept replacements. He said "yes." Patterson reported Monday night that the posts had been delivered to Watson and he signed a receipt to that effect.

Watson also wanted trustees to mow the weeks along the road. "If the long arm can mow it, we'll be happy to do it," Miller told him.

On July 6, trustees unanimously agreed to place a one mill replacement fire levy on the November ballot. By seeking a replacement levy rather than a renewal, it will bring in about $15,000 more per year for a total of $126,000 for the fire department. The impact of property owners is practically negligible. A property owner living in a home valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $3.68 per year or about a penny a day. For an owner with a $200,000 home, it would be two pennies more per day and so on.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson said June was a relatively slow month with just 72 runs - 60-EMS, 9-fire and 3-dive/rescue.

Zoning Inspector Joe Walker said he told a Crestline resident that her two pigs would have to go. Two neighbors had complained about the smell. The pigs are a 4-H project for the Hartford Fair. Walker reported Monday night that the pigs were still there. He agreed to set a specific deadline for their removal.

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