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Hupp Road project comes in under bid

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustee Dave Miller had some good news Monday night.

The township’s share of the cost to rebuild Hupp Road came to $90,173.98. That’s $10,000 more than the township expected last spring after receiving an Ohio Public Works Commission grant on their third try to rebuild the township road that runs between Ohio 13 and Fairmount Road. The project was estimated to cost $390,000 with OPWC providing a $307,487 grant and the township making up the difference.

After pushing back their second August meeting twice to provide more time for bidders. Trustees had only one bid to open August 30. The Shelly Company bid $407,344.25 based on the original advertised specifications and $428,952 for an alternate based on some Shelly Company recommendations made during the pre-bid conference.

After checking with Fiscal Officer Jill Linn to see if they could afford as much as a $50,000 increase in the township share, trustees unanimously agreed to approve a contract of up to $428,952 with The Shelly Company. Company representative Ross Kirk pledged to work with trustees to cut the project cost, acknowledging that excavation and fencing may not be as extensive as outlined in the plans.

Those joint efforts brought the total project cost in some $33,000 less than the maximum bid approved in August. “That is over $33,000 that we won’t have to pay,” Miller said.

In other business, trustees spent about $10,000 of their Hupp Road savings for a smaller and lighter snow plow for their largest dump truck. The new blade will be three feet high instead of four feet, but will still be 10 foot wide. “It (the current plow) is way too heavy for that single axle five ton truck,” road supervisor Steve Patterson told trustees. “I think it will help the truck, taking wear and tear off the truck.”

Trustee President Joe Hart approved the purchase, but added that it demonstrated the need to have a capital expenditures plan in place. “I’m not used to spending large sums of money when I find out about it at the same meeting,” he explained. Hart brought up the issue of a capital expenditures plan during the summer when Miller proposed buying a $65,000 pothole patcher. Hart agreed it was a good machine, but wants to set priorities for capital expenditures.

Trustees agreed not to request a liquor control hearing on the transfer of ownership for the carryout permit held by the Thornville (Ohio 13 at I-70) Shell station.

Trustees decided to push their December 20 meeting back to December 28 so it will serve as the year-end meeting. It will be preceded by a Record Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. with the trustees’ meeting beginning at 7 p.m. The 2011 organizational meeting was set for 7 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2011. All three meetings will be at the Licking Township Fire Company’s Station 3 on Jacksontown Road (Ohio 13).

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