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Union Township roads in fair condition

UNION TOWNSHIP – Township roads are a “64,” on a scale from 0 to 100 overall, according to a detailed report from JG3 Consulting, LLC.

“We classify that as being in fair condition,” said JG3 President James Golden, who explained report results to trustees during their Nov. 17 meeting. Trustees hired JG3 Consulting Pavement Management Services of Hebron for $6,896 for one year to inspect the township’s roads, establish baseline conditions and provide suggestions for repair and upgrade.

JG3 surveyed all Union Township roads – nearly 52 miles of roadway – including some manual “boots on the ground” inspection with digital images, to determine the condition of township roadsandgiveeacha0to 100 Pavement Condition Index rating (or PCI), with 0 considered a failed roadway and 100 considered in excellent condition.

“We’re basically grading the road,” Golden said. “Now that we have the scores, we can decide what needs to be done.”

As examples, some of sections of the roads JG3 “graded” include the following:

• Granview Road- excellent condition, PCI 94 (The road was resurfaced this year).

• Stone Valley Drive- very good condition, PCI 82

• Gale Road- very good condition, PCI 75

• Canal Road- fair condition, PCI 53

• Beaver Run Road- poor condition, PCI 42

• Eulah Drive- very poor condition, PCI 22

• Drogheda Court (Fairmont subdivision) – failed condition, PCI 15

Golden said JG3 is moving into Phase II of its pavement management plan. “Now we get to work on the fun stuff,” he said. Golden said Phase II of the pavement management plan involves using the condition data from Phase I, the budget and condition analysis tools from the PAVER pavement management software and the company’s consulting expertise to create various budget and target driven scenarios over a five year period. “I like to call these budget and target driven scenarios ‘What if’ scenarios,” he said. “I call this the ‘fun’ stuff because through these tools and analysis we can start to prioritize and plan maintenance projects while projecting future conditions, all against various annual budgets.”

Golden said now that the township has a current condition score for each roadway, JG3 can use the pavement management software tools in conjunction with local maintenance actions, types and costs, and pavement models to determine future/projected conditions. The proposed (not final) budget scenarios to be presented at the Trustee meeting Dec. 15 are as follows:

• Expected annual condition over five-year period if no money is spent

• Expected annual condition over five year period at expected budget (to be determined)

• Proposed costs to maintain the current condition of 65 over the next five years

• Proposed costs to bring the overall network from a current condition of 64 to an optimal condition of 70 in five years

• Average annual budget necessary to eliminate the backlog of maintenance in the township (bring all pavements within the network at or above “fair” condition, or a PCI of 55 or higher).

Previously, Trustee Charles Prince had proposed that JG3’s data and services be used to assess the impact of AEP’s use of several township roads and creation of two temporary construction access roads off Canyon and Gale roads for construction equipment being used to upgrade a major transmission line. AEP countered that it would have a consulting firm video tape the roads used just before work started and then after the project was complete. Prince asked whether JG3 could assess a road conditions from videotape. A text from JP3 confirmed that they could.

Prince said he could agreed to the use of the consultant’s before and after videotapes, but said the agreement with AEP should provide that if JG3 and AEP’s consultant are unable to agree on the impact on the township roads that an independent accredited pave assessment firm should make the determination, not AEP’s consultant.

In other township news:

• The township should begin advertising in December for applicants to fill Trustee President and Licking County Commissioner-elect Rick Black’s position; Black begins his first term as county commissioner Jan. 1, 2015. Candidates will be asked for letters of interest and a resume. They must be Union Township residents which includes the Village of Hebron and a registered voter at the point of the appointment.

“Whoever is appointed only fills the position until Dec. 31, 2015, since (Black) isn’t halfway through his term,” township Administrator Paula Greene said. The position will then be on the November 2015 ballot for the remaining term. Greene said Black would submit a letter of resigna- tion for his trustee position at the Dec. 1 meeting to be effective Dec. 31.

“I’m not sure of the exact date,” Greene said, but the township will advertise in December for candidates interested in holding Black’s seat for one year. Trustee John Slater and Prince will make the appointment. Documents will not be opened nor will applicants be interviewed prior to Jan. 1, 2015.

Greene said the township can accept applications, but they can’t be opened or acted upon until Black leaves his trustee position Jan. 1.

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