Fence to buffer Groveport residents from warehouse; plus other Groveport news

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Residents along Shaffer Drive in Groveport will receive additional buffering between their homes and a nearby warehouse.

On July 25, Groveport City Council approved legislation for a fence easement that will allow several eight foot tall fence segments to be put in place on top of mounding between the Exel warehouse, located at 6930 Commerce Court, and 10 homes along Shaffer Drive. A total of 565 feet of fencing will be placed between evergreens and trees on the mound.

Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall said the fencing will cost $12,000. She said the money to pay for the fencing comes from tree replacement fees of $141,000 the city received from the Northpointe commercial development at Rohr and Pontius roads. Northpointe paid the fees to reimburse the city for trees the company removed while constructing its warehouse development.

Hall said the fencing will provide additional visual, noise, and dust buffering for Shaffer Drive residents from the Exel warehouse. City workers will install the fencing.

“The fence has a nice look,” said Hall. “It’s the same type of fencing that is in place along the parking lot by Ace Hardware.”

West Bixby Road project

Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to solicit bids for the west Bixby Road reconstruction project (phase 1), which is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.

Phase 1 of the west Bixby Road reconstruction project will be between Bixby Ridge Drive East, east to a point in front of  Madison Christian School. The total project length is about 2,360 feet.

The project will include full-depth reconstruction of the failing existing roadway pavement section and shoulders. Roadside drainage swales will be re-graded as necessary for drainage improvement. A shared-use asphalt  path is included in this project along the project corridor on south side of the road, to connect to existing sidewalks on Bixby Ridge Drive East and to provide pedestrian and off road bicycle accommodation between existing residences and the school campus.

The city received Ohio Public Works Commission funding for the estimated $741,565  project with a grant award of $407,065 and a zero percent interest loan of $254,500.

Phase 2 of the project from Madison Christian School to State Route 317 will be scheduled in the future based on future available funding.

School resource officer

Council approved a two year agreement with Groveport Madison Schools for the city to provide one full time police officer to serve as a school resource officer at Groveport Madison High School.

Under the agreement, the school district will pay 69 percent of the officer’s yearly salary and benefits. According to the agreement, the officer will work with school personnel to maintain a safe campus environment, serve as a law enforcement problem solving resource person, and “provide the appropriate response regarding on campus or school related criminal activity.”

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