Resident escalates dispute over road
JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees agreed Monday night to amend their $197,190 road resurfacing agreement with The Shelly Company.
The change order adds $9,296 to install 712 lineal feet of drainage tile under the to-be-reconstructed Amherst Drive in Harbor Hills. The county engineer’s office didn’t include the drainage tile in the original specifications.
Trustees Joe Hart and Dave Miller were unable to take action for the second meeting in a row on a $31,527 bid for additional resurfacing on White Chapel Road. Road projects, unless they are presented by petition, must be unanimously approved by trustees. Trustee Ron Acord has missed the last two meetings due to illness.
Hart and Miller agreed that an emergency meeting to consider the additional work might be necessary if The Shelly Company begins work before the next regularly scheduled trustees meeting.
Hart and fiscal officer Jill Linn shared their calculations on the level of deficit spending (expenditures exceeding income). After deducting the fire fund carryover and the $110,503 in the Renner Memorial Fund for the fire department, Hart said the carryover at the end of last year was $542,000.
“Reduce last year’s carryover by at least $150,000,” he said. , based on this year’s expenditures and the $197,000 minimum contract with The Shelly Company. That could increase by another $40,000 or so if trustees approve the additional road work on White Chapel.
Hart has been urging trustees for a couple of years to set up a capital account and plan for major purchases. He’s raised the issue now because of the need to buy a new dump truck. Miller reported that the leadtime to get the truck is now 12-14 weeks so it wouldn’t be delivered until next year and wouldn’t add to the 2011 deficit. The decision to buy the $60,000+ truck is awaiting readable bid from the dealer and Acord’s return.
After receiving additional complaints from residents, Miller reported that he, Hart and the road crew accompanied by a deputy sheriff removed about six rocks and some mud from Somerset Road on Sept. 26. The rocks had been placed in the roadway by Robert Snedden Sr. as part of the dispute over the location of Somerset Road. Hart said he checked the area before the meeting and one of the large rocks was partially back in the roadway.