Groveport and county work together to remove landfill

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

The Franklin County Engineer’s Office plans to restore a landfill to natural green space in Groveport.

Groveport City Council waived $3,225 in administrative fees to help the county proceed with the Hendron (Holton) Ditch Habitat Restoration Project.

The county purchased 48.4 acres containing the Southeast Landfill, located west of the railroad tracks at 4871 Hendron Road. County officials said 5.4 acres will be used as overflow storage for its East Outpost and the remaining 43 acres will be restored to green space. In addtion, the city of Groveport donated a 22 acre conservation easement on its adjoining parcel to the county and 6.5 acres was acquired from Madison Christian Church. A public fishing pay pond will continue to operate on 33.4 acres east of the railroad tracks.

“The plan is to eliminate the landfill and restore the natural green space and riparian (stream bank) area,” said Franklin County Drainage Engineer Jim Ramsey.

“We will partner with the county any way we can to make this a better project,” said Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp.

The county received a $979,246 Clean Ohio Conservation Grant for the project. The project includes: closing the landfill; removing invasive species; planting native grasses on 33 acres of the landfill site and the parcel acquired from Madison Christian Church; reforesting with native trees on 55 acres; and demolishing and removing dilapidated buildings.

County officials state the project helps Groveport by eliminating the landfill and replacing it with a natural habitat. It also preserves and protects Groveport’s main sewer trunk line that passes through the area and the Hendron (Holton) Ditch, which is a significant stormwater drainage outlet for the city.

City officials applauded the plan.

“This is a real benefit to the city,” said Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall.

“It’s a good green initiative,” said Councilman Shawn Cleary.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Councilman Ed Dildine.

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