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Union Township Trustees reject road bids

HEBRON – Union Township road resurfacing projects are stalled.

“The bottom line is, the paving won’t get done this year,” said Union Township Trustee Jack Justice during a Labor Day trustees meeting Monday night. The project, which included paving several township subdivision roads, ran into a snag when the trustees approved a Shelly Company paving bid that was $20,000 more than a competing Mid-Ohio Paving bid.

Trustees said they turned down Mid-Ohio’s bid because its proposed materials did not include CM-150, an asphalt product that trustees say works better on subdivision roads specifically because it won’t bleed onto concrete driveways or wash into yards if it rains soon after the asphalt is applied.

Justice said that the Shelly Company does not own CM-150. He said a Mid-Ohio representative called him and accused the township of using a proprietary product (a product only one company produces) in an effort to eliminate competition.

CM-150 “absolutely is not” proprietary and it is available to any paving company, said Trustee President John Slater. He said that the township will invite a CM-150 producer (possibly Asphalt Materials Incorporated from Marietta), Licking County Engineers Office representatives, and other township trustees to a future meeting to discuss CM-150 and its merits.

Justice added that it’s becoming too late in the year for cold mix paving – the type of paving the township prefers – to work, anyway. The project will likely go back to bid in February, so it could begin next spring. He said trustees are working with the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office to send letters to Mid-Ohio and Shelly, explaining why the bids were rejected.

For now, Justice said the subdivision roads would be cracksealed to hold them until next year.

In other township news:

• Slater said trustees continue to wait for word from the Hebron Village Council regarding the township’s proposal to distribute EMS billing revenue generated in the township. Previously, Slater met with Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason and William Kramer, of Kramer & Associates of Cincinnati, a fire service consultant, who agreed to meet with Slater and Mason on August 5 in an effort to arbitrate an agreement. Trustees recently signed a fire/EMS services contract for 2009 with Hebron, after the village agreed to use an arbitrator to help settle the dispute over EMS billing revenue.

Trustees believe the township is entitled to 60 percent of all the EMS billing revenue that Hebron collects because the township contributes 60 percent of the Hebron department’s operating expenses. Hebron Village Council members maintain that it’s not that simple, and some runs are not eligible to collect EMS billing revenue. Trustees and council members have been at a stalemate since January.

Slater said the first couple hours of the Aug. 5 meeting were grim and he wondered if any settlement could be reached. Talks improved after Kramer suggested he and Mason start from scratch. Slater said they agreed the township would receive 50 percent of the EMS billing revenue generated from July 2007, when billing began, through December 2008. Then the township would receive 100 percent of EMS billing revenue generated from the township area this year, and the revenue would be used only in that service area.

• Trustees passed a resolution to allow the township to remove junk cars from properties under certain conditions. Union Township Police Chief and Zoning Inspector Paula Green said a junk car qualifies as three model years or older, apparently inoperable, or extensively damaged. Green said the rule realistically only applies to junk vehicles parked outdoors.

• Justice said he and Green investigated a complaint of a band playing too loudly at the Mill Dam Corner Grill on US 40. He said the band was playing for a benefit and the sound definitely echoed down Mill Dam Road. He said the sound wasn’t as loud in other directions and he didn’t believe the band was “excessively noisy.” The benefit ended shortly after he and Green arrived, anyway, he said.

• Justice said the township is responsible for paving the southern half of James Road from Ohio 37 east to Canyon Road for roughly $19,000. Neighboring Granville Township will cover the northern half.

• Trustees agreed to renew a 2010 service contract with the Buckeye Lake Fire Department for $6,000 – the same amount they paid last year.

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