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Township’s share of Thornwood project drops

UNION TOWNSHIP – Union Township is responsible for less of next year’s Thornwood Drive repaving project than anticipated, said Union Township Trustee President John Slater Monday night.

“We’re down to 20 percent of the cost now,” he said. Slater said trustees were told previously that the township would be responsible for 36 percent, but that changed.

The Thornwood Drive Paving Project, to be completed summer 2013, is a joint venture between Heath, Union Township, Newark, and Licking County. According to a memo from Heath Division of Building and Zoning Chief John Groff to Union Township Administrator Paula Greene, the current cost estimate for the project is approximately $487,000. Federal funding will provide $294,000 and Heath is seeking $193,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

“We, the city, were originally wrong in our assessment,” said Groff Tuesday. Of the area to be repaved, he said the city finally determined that 71 percent is in Heath, 20 percent is in Union Township, seven percent is in Newark and two percent is in Licking County. Groff said that of the $193,000 local match for the federal funding, Heath is responsible for approximately $137,000; Union Township’s share is roughly $38,600; Newark would pay about $13,510; and Licking County roughly $3,860.

Groff said if Heath receives the $193,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission, then the entire project is covered. If Heath doesn’t receive the grant, then all parties can determine if they still wish to participate. “We can bow out,” he said, but the road is in bad shape and the project will only become more expensive as time passes. Groff said he should know if Heath will receive the $193,000 in March or April 2013.

The Thornwood Drive repaving extends from Faye Drive south to Ridgely Tract Road, also known as “Connector Road.”

Trustee Rick Black said Monday that he learned that Heath is responsible for the Thornwood Drive and Beaver Run Road intersection, which is in need of repair. Groff said Tuesday that if possible, Heath would try to improve that intersection as well.

In other township news:

• Slater said the township received several bid package requests for its summer road work project. Among others, Mid-Ohio Paving, Shelly Company, and Kokosing Construction have requested bid packages. Sealed bids are due by noon on Monday, June 18.

The township’s projected summer paving project includes:

Crack seal: Auld Ridge Way, Canyon Villa Drive, Caroline Drive, Mallard Point, O’Neill Drive, Reserve, and the entire Water’s Edge subdivision.

Chip Seal: Brynwood Circle, Canyon Court, Eulah Drive, and Hallie Lane.

Berms: Canyon Road, Dew Mar Drive, Eulah Drive, Ithaca Road, and O’Neill Drive.

The road surface on the Grandview Crossing bridge will be repaired. More concrete repairs will be done on Squire Lane and O’Neill Drive will be striped.

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