PT to address water problem

Next month, Franklin County tackles water issues in Pleasant Township.

At the April 8 Pleasant Township Trustees meeting, trustees said a representative from the county engineer’s office will be on hand to talk about a local road that is in danger of a washout.

"If you take State Route 62 South, and go under the rail road underpass, immediately to the left is Old Harrisburg Road," explained Pleasant Township Chairman Keith Goldhardt. "When you’re on Old Harrisburg Road, you will see where the water is slowly washing away the wall."

The Pleasant Township Road Department noticed the condition of the wall sometime last year and has been contacting the engineer’s office to see about making it secure.

"In all fairness to the Franklin County engineer’s, they service the other 17 townships and their own areas," Goldhardt said about the time lapse. "They do an excellent job of helping us. When we need heavier equipment to handle something, they come to our aid."

Goldhardt added that Jeff Karn, superintendent of the township road department has done a terrific job in keeping the wall stable.

"The road would have washed out if the road department didn’t put those cables in it," he said. "Those cables are holding it into place."

The township wants a new wall installed, or at least a solution to the problem, and hopes the county engineers will have a blueprint that will stabilize it.

"We would like this done as soon as Mother Nature allows us," Goldhardt said. "But we have to wait until the water slows down."

In other news

•An old bridge on Lambert Road is about to cause drivers a big headache.

From April 14 through possibly August, Lambert Road from State Route 62 (West of Timberlake) will have to be closed.

"It’s not safe to hold the loads it was designed for, so it has to be replaced," Goldhardt said.

•After the Pleasant Township Clean-Up Day on May 16-17, the fire station will embark on a clean up of their own.

The township plans on adding a concrete pad to help keep down the depressions the ambulances and fire trucks can often leave because of their weight. Not to mention the dirt and grim that is caused by traveling on the roads.

"The concrete pad will clean all that stuff up," Goldhardt said.

The concrete pad, which will be located behind the new addition to the fire station, will be approximately 130 square feet by 57 square feet. It will also include 180 yards of concrete and at least six pieces of highway mesh.

The project is not to exceed $30,000.

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