SWACO wants road improvements in PT


At the Pleasant Township Board of Trustees meeting, held on Nov. 13, plans to upgrade a portion of Young Road and State Route 665 were discussed.

"We are willing to make any investment to make sure it is safe," said Ron Mills, director of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). "This is an important improvement to us. We want to do what we need to make sure it is a safe road."

SWACO has already submitted the details of the roadway to the Franklin County Engineer’s Office, which will be forwarded to Jackson Township, as well as Pleasant Township as it affects both.

"This does include fanning out the intersection of 665 and Young Road," said Mills. "We will be putting in a third turning lane on and off Young Road also."

Since this project is just in the beginning stages, the date for construction has not been determined, but it is planned for the near future.

"We haven’t voted on it yet, but we will work with SWACO on all projects," said Pleasant Township Chairman Keith Goldhardt. "We have to protect the community and the township."

SWACO was also on hand to talk about their landfill and gas project. The company is looking at putting a compressed natural gas (CNG) refilling station at the landfill and were looking for local, governmental support.

CNG is considered to be an environmentally clean alternative to others gases because of its low hydrocarbon emissions and its vapors are relatively non-ozone producing.

"It will convert to usable fuel rather than escape into the atmosphere," said Mills.

It would be implemented in two phases, the first starting in six to eight weeks, and the second being completed in a year from now.

In other news:

•Last year, Pleasant Township firefighters delivered toys and/or food to approximately 37 families and 63 children in the area. They hope to deliver more this year with the cooperation of an area chiropractor.

On Dec. 1, Dr. John Kovatch of Lincoln Village Chiropractic will invite the public to visit his office at 4760 West Broad St. and receive treatment for the price of a donated toy. This is the second year he has done this and donated the toys for the township’s Toys for Tots program.

Fire Chief Jay Noojin does not know whether the station will hold a drive-thru for the event.

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