Spectator guidelines laid out in Prairie Township; solar farm debated

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By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

Prairie Township Community Center Direct Michael Pollack recommended new spectator guidelines for the community center.

“In an effort to promote social distancing and reduce capacity, all recreation programs and activities at the community center may only have one adult parent/guardian with the participant,” Pollack said at a recent board meeting. “Masks are required for all spectators.”

There has been some issues at the community center with parents bringing their other children in for activities. Currently, parents cannot bring additional children with them beside the child participating in the activity.

In other news, the board approved spending over $800,000 at the Galloway Road Sport Complex.

“The project is for $845,344 for Galloway Road work and private storm sewer improvements for the Prairie Township Sports Complex phase two project,” said Rob Peters, township administrator. “The engineers estimated the project would cost $957,790 and the bid came in $112,446 under the engineer’s estimate.”

The board approved paying Stantec Consulting Services an additional $23,952 for construction management and inspection for the project.

The Pleasant Prairie Solar Project was also discussed at the meeting. The project is for a 250-megawatt 1,700-acre solar farm that would stretch across Prairie and Pleasant townships. The company that owns the project is Invenergy.

“This project is larger than the airport and 16 times larger than downtown Columbus,” said Scott Newbury, township resident. “My parcel is adjacent to this development site and the impact it is going to have on our property values is significant. We are trying to clean up the township, not bring stuff like this here. Especially when there are homes so close to this project.”

Newbury asked the trustees to stand with residents in not supporting the project.
The trustees have until June to decide whether or not they support the project. The township agreed to continue to investigate the project and keep residents updated on next steps.

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