2011-04-23 / News

Trustees won’t cut back on mowing

By Scott Rawdon

UNION TOWNSHIP – A Union Township mowing equipment operator can breathe easyfor now.

Union Township Trustees decided not to change the frequency and scope of mowing in the face of soaring fuel prices. “How aggressively do we want to mow,” asked Trustee President John Slater during the trustees’ Monday night meeting. He was concerned that if fuel prices continue to rise, the price of fuel may potentially exceed what the operator is earning.

Trustees discussed possibly mowing roughly half of what is usually mowed, but decided that mowing is just as much a safety issue as an aesthetic one, as high weeds can block motorists views at intersections and curves. Slater said the township should look into finding a fuel contract to keep fuel prices under control, or at least predictable. “We’re going to hold to our regular (mowing) plan,” he said. “And, we’ll continue as long as we can afford it.”

In other township news:

• Slater said trustees are nearing a conclusion regarding security measures necessary to move the Union Township Police Department from its Refugee Road office into the Union Township Complex on Beaver Run Road. “We’re nearing an end,” he said. Slater said the trustees’ main concern is that they aren’t forced to make a modification to the Union Township Complex that would undo renovations that have already been completed. The township purchased the complex – formerly the Licking Baptist Church-– in Sept. 2010 and continues to remodel the building to meet the township’s needs.

• Slater said the township would save money by training the township road crew to trim branches from trees hanging over township roads. “We’ll re-educate our own crew,” he said. The township crews will trim branches from trees that are not directly in front of a home or manicured property, but rather only those that are along rural stretches of road. The township will still hire professional trimmers to handle trees that require grooming. “We won’t mow off a limb in front of a house,” said Slater.

• Spraying for mosquitoes wils begin around Memorial Day weekend. Slater said the spray is already purchased.

• Trustees discussed estimates on road repairs ahead of sending them to bid. They estimate cold paving Sycamore and Margaret Lane to be $41,000. Chip and seal paving on Beaver Run Road between Ohio 37 and Thornwood Drive is estimated at $40,000. Asphalt leveling on Refugee Road from Ohio 37 to Gale is estimated at $70,000. To chip and seal Blacks Road from Ohio 37 to Beaver Run is estimated at $12,000.

Slater said he was impressed with Hebron based Xtreme Solutions LLC’s paving work on Canal Road.

“They did a really nice job,” he said. Xtreme Solutions heats an area of asphalt, then smoothes it out while it’s still hot, eliminating cracks and pits in the surface.

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