2014-07-26 / News

Union Township completing road resurfacing early this year

UNION TOWNSHIP – Trustees learned Monday night that their major road resurfacing projects should be wrapped up in another week or two if weather cooperates.

Two weeks earlier, trustees unanimously awarded a $168,000 contract to Small’s Asphalt of Gambier. Small’s was the lowest bidder across all projects when trustees opened bids June 6. The Shelly Company was the only other bidder.

Trustees asked owner Bobby Small to attend Monday night’s meeting to make sure that both parties agreed on the revised specifications for chip & seal. In a pre-bid meeting with Small’s and Shelly, both contractors agreed that the amount of the emulsion (seal portion) should be increased from 0.30 gallon per square yard to 0.40 gallon.

Small also recommended changing from a No. 8 stone (3/8 to 1/2 inch) to a No. 89 (1/4 to 3/8 inch). The larger No. 8 pieces can get knocked off by snow plowing and the larger size doesn’t fill the voids between stones as well. The projects were bid with No. 8 stone, but Small said the change to No. 89 would not affect the price. Trustees unanimously approved a change order to that effect.

Small’s has already completed the one inch asphalt layer on Granview Road. He said the job was a little shorter than bid, but was about a foot wider. About 12 additional tons of asphalt were needed at a cost of about $750. Granview will be finished with a chip & seal which will require about $2,000 more in the emulsion than in the bid. Those increases will be offset completely by a reduction in the striping cost. Small said the thermplastic striping outlined in the bid won’t adhere well to the stone in the chip & seal. Paint will be used at about half the cost, but it will have to be redone more frequently.

The four other chip & seal projects are: Duck Run, Jones, Reinhart Drive and Owens.

In other business Monday night, Granville Township Fire Chief Jeff Hussey responded to some concerns that Trustee Charles Prince raised at the July 7 meeting about what appeared to be a slow response to a house struck by lightning on Stone Creek Drive in Granville’s contracted coverage area. The incident occurred during a violent thunderstorm on Tuesday, July 1. The 9-1-1 Center records showed that it took just over 18 minutes for the first engine to arrive. That engine came from West Licking Fire District because Granville has an engine and tanker tied up on a mutual aid run for a residential structural fire in Newark Township.

Prince also questioned if the Hebron Fire Department was included on Granville’s run cards. Hussey meet with Prince on July 10 to address his concerns. He said the storm triggered runs all over the county, overwhelming radio communications at times. Hussey said he arrived in about 11 minutes and the West Licking engine arrived a minute or so after he did. The heavy rain made driving difficult and dangerous. He added that home didn’t have major structural or water damage and that the homeowners were very pleased with the response that ultimately included trucks from Granville, Licking Township (tanker), Monroe Township and St. Albans Township in addition to West Licking. Hebron is on Granville’s run card, but it is dispatched after Granville, Newark and Heath on structure fires in the northeast sector of the township and after those three and West Licking in the northwest sector. Hussey said Newark’s No. 3 station on the west side and Health’s No. 1 station are both closer than Hebron’s station.

Union Township will be hosting its Tire Anmesty Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the township complex. Fees range from $1 - $10 per tire.

Due to a conflict with the Hartford Fair, trustees’ next regular meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, instead of 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4. The meeting will be held at the township complex.

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