By Dedra Cordle
Jackson Township officials will have to wait a bit longer to learn whether a grant application to repair two of its most well-traveled and well-worn roads has been approved by the state.
At its meeting on Jan. 17, Township Administrator Shane Farnsworth told the board of trustees that the Ohio Public Works Commission is still processing applications to determine which municipalities would receive full to partial funding to make infrastructure upgrades through its capital improvement program and the local transportation improvement program.
“It is still in the oven and it is going to be another couple of months before we hear word from the state,” said Farnsworth.
The board of trustees unanimously authorized the approval of the grant application to repair Brown Road and Dyer Road in the fall. At the time, the township officials believed the state would announce their decision before the end of the year.
“It is a little disappointing because we want to get this done, but it is not entirely unexpected,” said Farnsworth. “These are really popular programs with a lot of cities and local municipalities vying for grants and sometimes things just get tied up.”
He said he is still confident that the township will receive full or partial funding to make “much needed” repairs to Brown Road and Dyer Road but added that the township could look into covering the cost of the resurfacing project should they fail to receive financial assistance through the state.
“It is something that we will certainly think about, but we would love to have a grant to help us too,” he said.
According to Farnsworth, the township is seeking a full resurfacing of Brown Road and Dyer Road, along with improvements at the intersection. Farnsworth said stormwater repairs were also requested in the initial application as the area tends to flood during heavy rain events – much of it caused by heavy-load vehicle damage.
“Much of the stormwater infrastructure on Brown and Dyer has been crushed from all the dump trucks and other heavy-load vehicles that travel through,” said Farnsworth. “So what we have now are areas where the water just lays there without draining and it really affects the neighborhood homes.”
He said infrastructure improvements would allow that run-off to drain in a more timely manner.
Farnsworth said he does expect to learn whether the state has approved their grant application request in April or May.
“Of course, that might change again but it is what we are looking at right now,” he said.
The township’s road department has also finalized its list of roads to repair and resurface for 2023. According to Farnsworth, that list includes:
•The entire section of Anglebrook Drive
•Borror Road from the Patzer Ditch to State Route 104
•The entire section of Deer Path Drive
•The entire section of Edwards Drive
•W. Hyde Road from the dead end to U.S. 62
•The entire section of Marlane Court
•The entire section of S. Hoover Spur
•McComb Road and Home Road to the north dead end near Hyde Road.
There are also plans to chip and seal Cabin Road and Thrailkill Road.
Farnsworth said with the exclusion of Cabin Road and Thrailkill Road, all of the aforementioned repairs were woven into the county engineer’s county-wide road resurfacing contract for 2022 but were delayed. That resurfacing project was budgeted at $150,000. The chip and sealing of Cabin Road and Thrailkill Road are estimated at $28,000.
In other news, the trustees approved a motion to advertise for a comprehensive land use plan request for proposal. The motion will allow the administrator to contact the county’s economic development and planning department to seek consultants to review the township’s comprehensive land use plan that was last updated in 2010.
“What we are wanting to do is update our plan, especially taking into account plans that the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has in place and Grove City’s 2050 plan,” said Farnsworth. “So we want to make sure our plan compliments these vision plans for only for our community, the Grove City community, and the Urbancrest community, but also for the entire region as well.”