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Hart will continue to lead Licking Township

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustee Joe Hart will continue to lead Licking Township Trustees for another year.

Hart was reelected in November for his second term as trustee. Tuesday night, trustees unanimously agreed that he continue as president of the board. Hart is starting his fifth year as trustee president.

Trustee Dave Miller will continue as vice president and have primary responsibility for township roads. Trustee Ron Acord will be his backup. Acord will serve as the fire company coordinator with Hart backing him up.

Trustees also agreed to continue to meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Licking Township Fire Company Station No. 3 on Jacksontown Road (Ohio 13). If a scheduled meeting date is a holiday, trustees will meet on the next day.

Trustees also unanimously renewed a five-year agreement for the deposit of public funds with Park National Bank.

Fiscal officer Jill Linn reported that three firms had bid to audit the township on behalf of the state auditor’s office. Prices ranged from $3,600 to $4,000 per audit period. She recommended that trustees contract with Wilson, Shannon & Snow, Inc. of Newark. The firm bid $3,700. The other two firms were from outside the county. Trustees unanimously accepted her recommendation.

Fiscal officer elect Andrea Holman Lynch will take office April 1. She asked permission to take several classes for fiscal officers at the upcoming Ohio Township Association annual conference. Hart was uncertain whether trustees could make the payment since she won’t take office until April 1. He will check to see if the payment is permitted. All three trustees are in favor of the classes if the township can legally pay for them.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson said the fire company made 58 EMS runs, 10 fire runs and one dive/ rescue run in December. Total runs for 2011 were 901 which is down 65 runs from 2010.

Miller reported that he now had a quote from Ricart Ford on the Ford version of the new dump truck that trustees have been discussing for several months. The list price is $76,150, but Ricart will sell it to the township for the State of Ohio bid list price of $66,592. The truck will be available by the end of the month.

It would replace the township’s largest dump truck that is requiring more frequent and costly maintenance. Miller gave trustees a detailed list of the specifications and features to review.

Trustees also unanimously reappointed Avondale resident Denise Delagrange to a five-year term on the township zoning commission. Butch Loewendick of Linville Pike was reappointed to a five-year term on the township board of zoning appeals.

During public comments, Robert Snedden Sr. of Somerset Road made his first appearance in about a year on a familiar subject. He has battled the township for years, claiming that Somerset Road was improperly widened onto to his property. From time to time, Snedden has placed rocks or other objects on the portion of the roadway that he believes is his. When that happens, the township removes the objects from the roadway based on its legal liability for the safety of the traveling public.

“This is a continuing issue,” Hart told Snedden. “If you put anything on the paved surface, we have an obligation to remove it.”

“I’ll dig it up (the portion of the roadway that he claims is on his property) and get it back,” Snedden told Hart.

“Our advice to you is not to dig it up,” Hart responded. As Snedden left the meeting, Hart said he believes that trustees should reconsider their decision to put the issue on hold. Acord and Miller agreed.

Trustees next regular meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, at Station 3.

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