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Planning commission recommends trustees reject rezoning for new store

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Zoning Inspector Forrest Cooperrider told the Licking Township Trustees August 3 that the Licking County Planning Commission members, during a July 29 hearing, unanimously recommended denial of a request to rezone 4.16 acres at 4775 Jacksontown Road from industrial to general business to accommodate a proposed Dollar General store. “Most people spoke against Dollar General for traffic issues,” Cooperrider said.

According to a letter from the Licking Council Planning Commission, “The planning commission’s decision to deny is based upon the believe that allowing general businesses uses could have a negative impact upon the rural nature of the area. It also felt that other areas within the township are better suited for retail use, including the existing General Business districts and Interstate Business districts.”

Trustees set a zoning hearing to discuss the proposed Dollar General and the county planning commission’s recommendation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, ahead of the next regularly scheduled trustees meeting.

In other township news:

• Licking Township Fire Company Chief Mike Wilson was pleased to announce his department was awarded a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant for roughly $275,000, which will go toward purchase of a smaller pumper/ tanker fire truck. “We think it’s going to be a great acquisition,” Wilson said. He said it may replace an older fire truck the department dubs “Big Bertha.”

Trustee President Joe Hart praised everyone who worked on the grant to help secure it. “That’s very forward thinking,” he said.

Trustee John Holman said it’s important not to be discouraged when pursuing grants.

“We’ve done very well with FEMA,” Wilson said.

Wilson said it is a matching grant whereby the department must pay $13,095 toward the grant to receive the rest of the money.

Wilson said the department also secured a grant through the Aladdin Shrine Temple for $3,100 to purchase pediatric mattresses for stretchers. “We don’t use the rigid backboards on stretchers as much,” he said.

• Kokosing and The Shelly Company were the only bidders on a list of road resurfacing projects including,

• Licking Trails – south of I-70;
• Dog Wood and Deer Trail;
• Hupp Road;
• Roley Hills;
• Somerset;
• Ridgely Tract from Lake
Drive west to Union Township;
• Maple;
• Ridge;
• Hill Top;
• Fairview;
• Summit; and
• Zone paving on Fairmount
and Davis.

The Shelly Company was the low bidder at $268,884.20 and was awarded the contract. Kokosing bid $289,011.32.

Trustee Dave Miller said the work would begin on or after Aug. 25 and be complete by Oct. 30.

• Legend Valley concert venue owner Steve Trickle told trustees he heard one complaint about noise from the 16th annual Gathering of the Juggalos concert featuring fans of the Insane Clown Posse. He said the complainant had his phone number and email address, but he was never contacted directly. Trickle said other wise he traveled to various locations outside the grounds to personally monitor the weekend festival’s sound output.

Trickle apologized because he heard some people didn’t know the concert, whose goers have a reputation for being rowdy, was happening last week. This was the second visit from the Juggalos, who gathered at Legend Valley last year with few incidents and no arrests. Trickle said beginning next year he’ll inform the trustees of all Legend Valley dates before the year gets started, “So we can all be on the same page,” he said.

“You typically have been very cooperative with me and I appreciate it,” Hart said.

Trickle said 90 percent of the Juggalos he met during the weekend were polite and respectful to him. There were arrests, however, as three men were charged with selling drugs at the venue, two to undercover officers, and there a was an alleged rape incident.

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