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Best road resurfacing bid comes in under estimate

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees unanimously agreed Monday night to award a $226,764.70 contract for road resurfacing to The Shelly Company of Thornville.

The award could increase another $15,494.55 if construction of the Apex Pipeline in Licking Township is completed before Shelly finishes the awarded projects. Trustees don’t want to do the 1.75 inch overlay on Licking Trails north of Davis unless pipeline construction is completed in the area.

The zoned paving projects awarded Monday night are:

• Licking Trails – Two-inch overlay south of U.S. 40 to I-70 patch;

• Licking Trails – 1.75 inch overlay north of White Chapel;

• White Chapel – 1.5 inch overlay east of Ohio 13 to Fairmont;

• Roley Hills – 1.75 inch overlay from township line to Honda Hills; and

• Roley Hills – 1.75 inch overlay north of Lathams to township line.

The Shelly Company’s bid for all the work totaled $242,259.25 which was less than the county engineer’s estimate of $243,718.75. The Kokosing Company bid $252,446.80. Shelly bid $74.95 per ton for 448 Type 1 Asphalt Concrete compared to Kokosing’s $78.22 per ton. Kokosing bested Shelly on tack coat at $1,80 per gallon versus $1.95 per gallon for Shelly.

Trustees also briefly discussed a couple of complaints from Jacksontown residents about their decision not to resurface any streets in the area. Trustees will wait until the Jacksontown area sewer project is completed before resurfacing any streets in area. Heavy equipment would likely damage streets when the main sewer lines are installed and again when connection lines to individuals homes are put in.

Trustee President Joe Hart said the project is stalled until four easement issues are resolved according to the most recent report from Licking County Water and Wastewater Director Kevin Eby.

In other business Monday night, Fire Captain Mike Briggs said the All Good inspections were a lot easier this year. Vendors came prepared with the required fire extinguishers this year.

He said the fire company provided a grass truck, engine and medic for two firework shows. They also ended making two transports after the promoter fired their contracted ambulance company due to unacceptable equipment. The promoter also contracts for on-site emergency medical treatment including emergency medicine physicians so most patients are treated on-site.

Briggs said the 49-year-old Arkansas man found dead in his chair was a terminal cancer patient.

The fire company made 75 EMS and 15 fire runs in July. Yearto date runs total 564.

Hart will represent trustees at the August 8 Division of Liquor Control hearing in Newark on a proposed D-5 liquor permit for Pirate Joes LLC at 52 Brookdale Lane. Joseph Fitch is the president of the corporation that initially plans to lease the former Avondale Marina property from Charles E. Krumm Jr.

“Our major objection is the address,” Hart said. “There is no property at 52 Brookdale.” Brookdale Lane was vacated by Licking County Commissioners on Jan. 23, 1989.

Trustee Dave Miller said county commissioners have scheduled two public hearings – Aug. 13 & 15 – on the county engineer’s recommendation that Tresemer Trail be placed on non-maintained status. It runs off Cristland Hill Road to the area south of the I-70 eastbound rest area. The state is turning over unused roadway to the county which will pass it on to the township. Miller said the township will take it, provided it is non-maintained status.

Life Scout Nathaniel Kroah of Newark asked trustees for permission to make improvements at Fleatown Cemetery for his Eagle service project. “You’ve got a lot of good ideas,” Miller told him. Work would be done next spring, but Kroah is starting the rather lengthy Scout approval process now. Trustees praised Kroah’s initiative. Miller will be his liaison on the project.

Bowling Green Township Trustee Ben Hupp attended the meeting to tell trustees that Bowling Green is receiving grant money to resurface their portion of Somerset Road and Dogwood Lakes. He wanted to coordinate the work with Licking Township if their portions were being done this year. Miller thanked him for the information, saying, “More than likely it will be on our list next year.”

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