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On-line surplus sale nets township tidy return

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township netted nearly $30,000 by posting old township equipment on

“We will net $29,996,” said Trustee John Holman. Items sold include a dump truck, a pumper truck, a tanker truck, a roller with a trailer, a rear scraper, and a snowplow. Holman said the roller and pumper truck finally sold, meaning all items were sold through the online service.

The selling prices were:
• 2002 Dump Truck – $14,950;
• 8’ Rear Blade – $905;
• 10’ Front Blade – $250;
• Roller & Trailer – $1,470;
• 1980 Ford Pierce Tanker –
$12,500; and

• 1974 Ford Pumper – $1,500.

“You did an outstanding job, as did (Licking Township Fire Company Chief Mike Wilson) and the road crew guys who participated in it,” Trustee President Joe Hart told Holman, who organized the online sale.

“You did it all. Good job, thank you,” said Trustee Dave Miller.

Holman said he definitely plans to use in the future, especially as the township moves forward with building a new fire station. He said there would likely be furniture and other items from the existing fire station that won’t be used in the new facility. “It’s an opportunity for us to get rid of some stuff,” Holman said.

In other township news:

• Hart said may have a change of heart about the township’s involvement in Buckeye Lake 2030, a long term planning effort launched a year ago following a gathering of Buckeye Lake area residents at Lakewood High School to discuss the lake’s future as the state replaces its 4.1- mile earthen dam.

At first, he doubted the trustees would have much influence in the vast project, but Licking County Commissioner President Duane Flowers invited Hart to a meeting at the Pizza Cottage where some local officials discussed turning Buckeye Lake 2030 into a nonprofit corporation. “We need to go back and revisit that,” Hart said.

The Buckeye Lake 2030 effort was organized by Central Ohio’s preeminent developer, Yaromir Steiner, CEO of Steiner + Associates. The developer of Easton Town Center organized the effort under the auspices of the Columbus Chapter of Urban Land Institute. Steiner has a weekend home at Compass Point. Hart said Steiner presents the project well.

Hart said Buckeye Lake 2030 is holding an update meeting from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Lakewood High School. He plans to attend the meeting and report back to the trustees so they can discuss whether to officially join the organization. Hart said joining the effort could cost the township $300 a year.

During the Pizza Cottage meeting, Hart said it was explained that the for years the State of Ohio has owned Buckeye Lake itself, but outside of the water it really hasn’t belonged to anyone and there have been no large scale regional plans for the Buckeye Lake Area. “If we don’t do it as a group,” Hart said, some other entity such as the State of Ohio or a regional planning body may create a plan for the lake without local input. Hart said he believes Steiner is incredibly knowledgeable and Hart’s interest in participating in Buckeye Lake 2030 is piqued. He said establishing a non-profit corporation would help Buckeye Lake 2030 acquire grants.

Holman asked if Buckeye Lake 2030 has any sort of timeline as to what it plans to accomplish.

“Well, it is Buckeye Lake 2030,” Hart said, but otherwise he wasn’t aware of a timeline. “That’s a good question.” Hart said he would attend the Jan. 21 meeting and report what he learns to Miller and Holman.

• Dogwood Lakes Homeowners Association member Ed Monroe said some association members wanted him to ask trustees if they would consider hiring one trash hauler to pickup residential waste in the township. He said the idea was brought up several years ago and “didn’t go over so well,” but Monroe wondered if trustees would be willing to revisit the issue since a single hauler could reduce roadway damage.

Miller said a single hauler wouldn’t necessarily save roadway wear and tear in all circumstances and township residents have been adamant they don’t want the township to dictate who their trash hauler is, even if it saves them money.

“I’m not being Mr. Negative here, but I think we’re beating a dead horse,” Miller said.

Monroe said there are township folks who are definitely interested today in a single hauler. “Think about it,” he said, “no decision tonight.”

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