Union Township proposing to add $5 per year registration fee
HEBRON – Union Township Trustees have scheduled public hearings for 7:15 p.m. on Monday, May 15 and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, to hear comments about a proposal to enact a $5 annual fee on all vehicles registered in the unincorporated portions of the township. The new fee, if enacted, would not affect vehicle owners living in the Village of Hebron. The hearings will be held at the township complex at 1380 Beaver Run Road.
Township residents living outside the Village of Hebron currently pay a $15 fee per vehicle registration. Ohio law allows counties to levy a maximum of three $5 annual registration fees. The funds must be used to maintain and repair county roads including the cost of equipment to do so. Townships receive 30 percent of the collections from township vehicle registrations on two of the three county-imposed $5 fees or a total of $3 per township vehicle registration.
Ohio law also allows townships to levy one-$5 per year vehicle registration fee. Proceeds can only be used to maintain and repair township roads including the cost of equipment to do so. Townships receive 100 percent of the fees collected.
The Tax Distribution Section of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles estimates the new fee would raise $32,716.50 per year starting in 2018 for the township.
Union Township annually spends about $100,000 with outside contractors to resurface township roads. The township must maintain just over 50 miles of roadways. Depending on the severity of the winter, Union Township spends at least an additional $150,000 a year for two full-time, two intermittent and one seasonal road workers to make smaller road repairs, maintain drainage ditches, plow snow and mow grass.
The new fee, if enacted, would allow the township to increase spending with outside contractors by about 33 percent. There are no plans to hire additional township road workers. That additional $33,000 would allow the township to speed up its cycle for road resurfacing.
In other business Monday night, Hebron Fire Chief Jack Stickradt, Jr. told trustees that he would like to station a medic and two crew members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during May at the township complex on Beaver Run Road. A second medic would still be staffed during that time at the Hebron Fire Department.
Trustees want to improve EMS response times in the central and western areas of the township. Five-year contracts with the Village of Hebron and Granville Township to provide fire and EMS services expire at the end of 2018. Run times are a concern since the Granville Township Fire Department is located several miles north of the township and the Hebron Fire Department is in the southeastern corner of the township. The month-long trial will help evaluate the effect on response times to accidents on Ohio 37 and the areas west of Ohio 37.
Trustees unanimously agreed to seek bids to resurface the following roads, provided they are not obligated to accept each bid if the total exceeds their budget. Each road would be chip sealed.
• 1.1 miles of Hallie Lane from Canyon Road to the township line just west of Thornwood Drive;
• 2.12 miles of Canal Road from Ohio 79 to the Hebron Village limit;
• 0.40 miles of Louella Drive from the cul-de-sac to Refugee Road; 0.17 miles of Clyde Court from the cul-de-sac to Louella Drive ; and 0.22 miles of Old Ohio 37 from Refugee Road to Ohio 37;
• 1.23 miles of Deeds Road from Whitehead Road to Ohio 37. Most of Deeds Road is county maintained.
• 0.93 miles of Hayes Road from Whitehead Road to Granview Road; and 0.06 miles of Brynwood Circle from Hayes Road to the cul-de-sac.
Trustees unanimously agreed at their April 3, meeting to contract with Triple H to seal cracks on Granview Road at a cost of $4,270. Armour Paving and Sealing of Columbus bid $10,988. At the same meeting, trustees, on the advice of the county prosecutor’s office, declared that Mowtivated Mower’s low bid to continue mowing the township’s cemeteries and the Beaver Run complex was “non-responsive” due to their failure to include the required certificate of insurance with their bid.
Trustees then awarded the one year contract with options for two more to the next lowest bidder – Daubenmire Property Services of Hebron. The cost per mow is slightly higher.
Trustees also agreed to continue to spray for mosquitoes in the Village of Buckeye Lake for $225 per treatment and to provide DuraPatching road repairs at the same rate as last year.
Union Township residents can get rid of unwanted bulky items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the township complex at 1380 Beaver Run Road.
Furniture, mattresses, electronics, carpet, scrap lumber & metal and small amounts of remodeling waste will be accepted.
Please NO TIRES, LIQUIDS, FREON CONTAINING APPLIANCES OR ANY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.
Seniors or disabled residents needing help should call 740- 929-3111 before April 29.
Trustees meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the township complex at 1380 Beaver Run Road.