JT trustees want drivers to slow down

Jackson Township Trustees hope standardizing the speed limit on Dyer Road will eliminate confusion and alleviate a dangerous situation.

During an Aug. 19 meeting, the three-member board approved a resolution dropping the posted speed limit down to 45 miles per hour, although the number was still too high for Chairman David Burris.

"Forty five miles per hour down Dyer Road seems fast to me," commented Burris regarding the thoroughfare that winds its way through the township, county, and Columbus.

Administrator Mike Lilly said a portion of the road is presently posted at 55 miles per hour, while another section is 45 miles per hour.  He told trustees he would continue researching data on reducing the speed limit down even further to 35 miles per hour.

Waste collection

Trustees also approved a resolution extending trash service collection and disposal contracts through 2009. The collection contract with Local Waste Services is going up by no more than 3 percent starting in January. Lilly expected the increase to be no more than 35 cents per month.

However, rising fuel costs could impact future waste removal fees.

"I would not be surprised if we heard from Local Waste to consider a fuel adjustment charge," noted Lilly.

Heating and cooling

An unforeseen problem in a heating and cooling system, hidden behind the walls at a fire station 202, resulted in a $10,000 change order in ductwork. The administrator said the change order was necessary because undersized ductwork was not discovered on an initial inspection. However, when construction workers started tearing out walls, they found the ductwork was inadequate.

"The project is ahead of schedule and doing very well," reported Lilly. "We just didn’t know about the ductwork until they ripped the wall down."

Metro Parks

John O’Meara, the executive director of Franklin County Metro Parks told board members the park system is looking to develop land in the southwestern part of the county. He said Metro Parks is considering the possibility of carving a new park out of land in Jackson Township, but no formal commitment has been made.

"Grove City owns 200 acres and offered it to us as an incentive," continued O’Meara, who said most of the land in Metro Parks lies in floodplains and they are now looking at areas along the Scioto River. "Ultimately, we would like to get the trail down the Scioto River to here. Eighty percent of all our parkland is kept as a natural area."

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