Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Trustees not satisfied with trestle work

RailAmerica began repair work to fix the deteriorating railroad trestle on Denton Road, which has been closed since December for public safety concerns.

Work was finished April 22, but Pleasant Township officials are not at satisfied with the work that has been done.

"We noticed that the concrete pieces are still falling onto the ground," said Chairman Keith Goldhardt at the April 27 board of trustees meeting. "We called our attorney who contacted the railroad and they told him they felt they were finished because they knocked all the loose stuff off."

Jeff Karn, township road department supervisor, said RailAmerica used expanding foam to fix the damages, but that was not adequately sufficient to repair the condition of the trestle.

Goldhardt said they are going to ask the railroad company to attach a beam or install galvanized metal to catch any loose particles so they do not fall onto the street below and possibly harm any passing pedestrians or motorists.

"We’re not letting them slide on this," said Goldhardt. "There are chunks falling out on the underbelly of the bridge and that is too dangerous."

The trustees agreed to keep Denton Road closed until further notice.

Speed concerns

A few residents came to the meeting to discuss what could be done to put a stop to speeders along State Route 665 through Darbydale.

The speed limit in the area is 35 miles per hour, but few obey that law, says one resident.

"I see some of them going 50 to 55 miles down that road," said Larry Sonner.
"This is an area that is mainly residential."

Sonner said he is concerned there will be an accident or possibly a fatality if something is not done soon.

Deputy John Rautio with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said they will look into putting a speed radar (much like the one that is in front of the fire station) up in that area, and increase the patrols they do along that stretch.

Township cleanup

On May 7-8, the township will be holding their annual cleanup and the township trustees encourage residents to help keep Pleasant Township beautiful.

The cleanup will run from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 7, and 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on May 8. Residents bringing tires are asked to limit the number to five per household. Yard waste and hazardous materials are prohibited.


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