Franklin Township enacts new safety measures

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By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

A local township is putting more security measures in place to protect employees and residents. At a recent Franklin Township meeting, the board discussed the new policies and procedures for visitors checking into the township office.

“Visitors must check in at the front desk,” said Mark Potts, township administrator. “Once the person they are there to see is available, they will be allowed to enter.”

This new procedure will ensure they can have more control over who comes and goes in the building.

The board also approved raising the cost of police reports from $4 to $5 per report requested.

In other news, Janine Lovelace, executive director of Ohio Valley Youth Development, addressed the board related to the Havenwood Garden.

“We started the garden in June of 2020, however the garden has suffered from vandalism and our team needs to build a fence around the property,” Lovelace said. “I have reached out to Franklin County zoning but have not heard back from them. A fencing company is donating the materials and will teach the youth how to build the fence. We also want to build a shed within the fence.”

The board also discussed the sale of properties given to the township by the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (COCIC). The board approved the sale of 1765 Marsdale for $11,000, as well as reducing the sale price of 777 Brown Road.

Realtor Laura Esterline from Heart of it All Realty gave an update on these properties.

“The property on Marsdale we received offers for $5,000, $7,000, $10,000 and $11,000,” Esterline said. “The gentleman offering $11,000 has built houses within Franklin Township and has plans to build on this property within 90 days of receiving his permits.”
Esterline asked the board to consider reducing the listing price of the property located at 777 Brown Road to $9,500.

Trustee John Fleshman reaffirmed he would like to see people who are purchasing these properties build on them and that the new development in the township will help increase property values.

“I am a firm believer in using these properties for new development,” he said. “I believe in planting new seeds in the township.”

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