2010-03-06 / News

Trustees approve township website

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON – Inching further into the 21st Century, Union Township Trustees agreed to spend $900 to create a township website.

Buckeye Lake resident Crystal Davis will create the site. approved creation of a township website. She said six or seven Licking County townships currently have sites and said that Granville Township’s is particularly effective. She just finished a site for Buckeye Lake’s Cranberry Bay Homeowners Association. Union Township’s website should be ready in roughly three months. When complete, its address will be www.uniontownship.net.

“I think it’s a realistic thing to do,” said Trustee Rick Black, who’s supported a township website since campaigning for office last year. He estimated that threefourths of township residents have broadband service.

“It’s a powerful way to get the message across,” said Trustee President John Slater.

Davis said the website could display calendars, events, forms (such as permits and applications), a photo gallery, and it could be a cheaper and more ecological method to distribute a township newsletter than mailing it. The site could also provide links to the Village of Hebron, Buckeye Lake, Lakewood Schools, and many other places. It would also provide public email access to trustees.

Trustees were short on ideas for a township logo and slogan and are willing to entertain ideas from the public.

In other township news:

• During a special trustees’ meeting Feb. 19, Slater said the trustees met with Hebron representatives to discuss a 2010 fire contract. Discussion centered on EMS billing revenue and the township’s share of the Hebron Fire Department’s operational budget. Trustees believe the township should contribute 50 percent or less to the fire department’s total operational budget. The township has been paying 60 percent of the operating budget for years.

Black said he’d request the 2008 and 2009 fire department budget’s appropriations and expenditures.

According to the Feb. 19 meeting minutes, Hebron wants to consolidate the net proceeds from EMS billing into the village’s EMS account. The funds would only be spent on mutually agreed upon purchases for fire and emergency services. There would be no division of where funds were collected.

Trustee Jesse Ours said he prefers to see the township receive credit and a reduction in the contract price by applying billing revenue collected from township runs toward what is owed on the contract for all township EMS runs.

• The trustees approved a resolution to prohibit parking on Mill Dam Road’s right-of-way from its intersection with US 40 south to its intersection with Cristland Hill Road. The resolution permits Union Township Police Chief Paula Greene to impound vehicles in violation.

Greene told the trustees previously that Mill Dam Corner Grille patrons are parking within the Mill Dam Road right-of-way and it’s becoming a safety hazard. She said more and more people are parking on the east side of Mill Dam, opposite the club. “It’s pitch dark out there,” said Greene, who worries that passing cars may strike patrons as they cross the road at night. “If they’re parked out of the right-of-way, they’re fine,” she said.

• Tuesday, Licking County Water and Wastewater Department Director Kevin Eby told county commissioners that heavy snow had delayed starting the project to extend a sewer line under I-70 to serve the Pilot Travel Center on Ohio 37. He expects construction to start March 8.

Pilot, under a settlement with Ohio EPA, is paying the cost to bore under I-70. Licking County is paying the additional cost for a larger pipe so the extension can service more customers on the north side of I-70.

Eby said MPW Industrial Services is interested in tying their Ohio 37 headquarters into the new line. That would allow MPW to shut down its package treatment plant. Ohio EPA will require the Sunoco and Certified gas stations opposite Pilot to ty into the line. Eby estimates the four could account for some 100 EDUs, helping offset the loss of some customers. More customers or EDU’s spreads out system’s substantial fixed costs, reducing the pressure for rate hikes.

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