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Walnut Township approves road projects



MILLERSPORT – Walnut Township Trustees received one bid for their 2017 road projects.

The Shelly Company of Thornville bid $98,354.15 to first motor pave then chip and seal Leitnaker Road from Old Millersport Road to Pleasantville Road. Its bid on Alternate 1 to chip and seal Deep Cut Road from Ohio 37 to the Village of Millersport corporation limit was $33,676.20.

Trustee Bill Yates moved to do both projects. “We need to get more aggressive so we don’t fall further behind,” he explained. Road supervisor Tim Morris said both roads would need to be restriped at an estimated additional cost of about $1,800. Trustees unanimously agreed to do both projects. The township plans to chip and seal its 1.1 miles of Leonard Road next month using Liberty and Greenfield townships’ equipment and assistance at a cost of about $12,500.

Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Chief Jim Hite reported that two department members recently passed the paramedic test. He also outlined a $1 per hour raise for part-time firefighters effective July 9. All new employees would still start at $9 an hour,

Firefighters with a Basic EMT card would be able to move up to $11 hour if they had an Advanced card. Paramedics would move up from their current $11 per hour to $12 per hour. The total impact for the rest of 2017 is $14,000. Trustees unanimously accepted his recommendation. Thurston Village Council members must also approve the increases.

Trustees also approved Hite’s request to apply for two grants from the Bureau of Workers Compensation. The larger grant would pay 75 percent of the cost of a Lucas chest compression device. The device is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate, freeing medics to do other care. Trustees authorized the applications.

Zoning Inspector Mike Berry said he issued permits in June for two decks, three pools, three new homes, three accessory buildings, two fences and one ag exempt building. Permits are good for two years but construction must begin within a year.

Morris reported that meeting township zoning requirements cut eight parking spaces from the new parking lot in Fairfield Beach. The project is funded by a $500,000 CBBG grant so he is seeking permission from the state to cut the number of parking spaces to 17. Trustees opted to stick with his plan. to reduce the number of spaces rather than redesign the lot.

Morris said the Road Use Maintenance Agreement with ODNR has finally been renewed. ODNR added Lakeside Road to Lieb’s Island and Seller’s Drive as roads to be affected by the dam construction project. “There is going to be more damage done,” he said. He recommended that any major repair work be delayed until the dam is completely done. Trustees concurred.

The township is receiving a $493,491 Ohio Public Works Commission grant for the third and final phase to rebuild Cherry Lane. The township’s share is $128,308. Phase 3 runs north from Ohio 204 to the end of Phase 2. Cherry Lane will not be rebuilt south of Ohio 204.

Trustees next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1.



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