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Trustees approve $168,000 for road resurfacing

UNION TOWNSHIP – Trustees unanimously agreed Monday night to spend up to $168,000 with Small’s Asphalt of Gambier to resurface five roads this summer.

Bids were opened June 6 with Small’s and The Shelly Company submitting proposals. Four of the five roads will be chip sealed:

• Duck Run: Small’s – $ 11,751.20 & Shelly – $16,065.76;

• Reinhard Drive: Small’s – $1,785.80 & Shelly – 2,072.84;

• Jones Drive: Small’s – $1,738.60 & Shelly – $2,022.98;

• Owens Drive: Small’s – $2,217.00 & Shelly – $2,682.42.

Trustees sought bids on two options for resurfacing Granview Road:

#1: One inch of asphalt followed by a chip seal – Small’s $139,979.15 & Shelly – $154,377.25;

#2: A .75 inch layer of asphalt followed by a 1.25 inch layer of asphalt – Small’s – $220,278.55 & Shelly – $245,986.25.

Plans to seek bids on microsurfacing streets in the Fairmount subdivision were dropped after a pre-bid conference. After an inspection. the contractor proposing micro-surfacing said the streets had deteriorated to the point where seal coating would not be effective. In some areas the roadway will have to be completely cut out to rebuild the base. The township road crew will do the work. Trustees opted to wait until next year to resurface the streets after Township Administrator Paula Greene said several new homes are currently being constructed with a couple more expected to start this summer. Much of the failing roadway can be attributed to construction traffic.

Trustee Charles Prince suggested trustees accept Option 1 for Granview Road, noting that it costs about $80,000 less that the two courses of asphalt. He reasoned that trustees could come back in three years or so with another chip and seal if necessary at about $40,000 and still be ahead $40,000.

Trustees ultimately agreed to spend up to an additional $10,000 over the bid price to enhance the Granview chip and seal final coat. Trees overhanging the road way have affected the chip and seal surface in some areas. Solutions could include trimming back the trees or increasing the quantity of emulsion binder used for the sealer.

Last week, the road crew replaced a large metal culvert under Granview Road that had lost its bottom and was failing. The job turned out to be bigger than expected, requiring a fourfoot plastic culvert.

In other business, no one appeared at two public hearings to comment on the township’s adoption of an electric power aggregation plan. Trustees unanimously approved the plan which will be filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Route approval is expected which will then permit the township’s electric aggregation consultants – Trebel, LLC – to seek bids from PUCOauthorized electric resellers. The PUCO plan approval and bidding process is expected to take about 60 days.

Only AEP customers will be eligible to participate. Ohio law specifically exempts customers of cooperatives like Energy Coop from aggregation plans. Savings of 10- 20 percent on the generation portion of the electric bill (about 50 percent of the total bill) are expected. AEP customers will have a no-cost option to opt-out of the township’s aggregation program.

Trustees also held a public hearing on amendments proposed by the Zoning Commission to the township’s zoning map. No one appeared. A dozen platted residential subdivisions will be rezoned from Agriculture District to Rural Residential-4 and six will be rezoned Rural Residential-3. The dozen are Aldridge Estates, Bending Oak, Caroline Drive, Chantilly, Dew- Mar, Fallen Ash, Grand Pointe, Granview Crossing, Old Farm, The Reserve, Squire Lane and Stone Creek Estates.

The six rezoned to RR-3 are Canyon Villa, Fairmount, Hartman

Farms, Lees, Sycamore and Waters Edge. The changes were made to bring the map into conformity with the township’s comprehensive plan and the zoning text.

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