Township farms out mowing; trustee questions GM Schools

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Madison Township Public Works crews will have more time to devote to road work instead of spending time mowing delinquent properties, following approval of a trio of external contracts.

During the Madison Township trustees’ April 2 meeting, the trustees approved three contracts with Trippier Landscape and Snow Removal to maintain township cemeteries, bi-weekly mowing of township-owned vacant lots, and mowing nuisance properties.

“They can do it cheaper than us,” said Public Works Superintendent Dave Watkins, “and rather than have two of my guys—which is half my crew—spend one whole day a week mowing properties.”

The contract for mowing five cemeteries under township control is not to exceed $7,350 for 2019 and the cost for bi-weekly mowing of five township-owned vacant lots is $35 per occurrence over the same period of time.

Mowing of nuisance properties will cost $40 per man hour, but the township will continue to bill the property owner at the rate of $300 per hour. While the township paid for cemetery mowing services before, this is the first time contracts were approved for nuisance and vacant lot mowing.

They were previously covered by public works employees and squeezed in between regular duties.

“We assessed 30 hours of mowing on nuisance properties last year,” said Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst, who added funding for the contracts will come out of the general fund, not out of the public works budget.

The trustees also approved a $22,500 contract with G & G Cement for curb/driveway approach replacement on Reinbeau Court, Claretta Road, Torwood Road, Torwood Court, and Wymore Place.

“There are a lot of small sections,” said Watkins. “The biggest section is about 300 feet on Reinbeau and 16 to 20 driveways are involved.”
Letters will be sent to property owners notifying them of upcoming work. Watkins expected the project to start construction within two to three weeks.

Trustee questions Groveport Madison

Trustee John Kershner questioned what could happen to Groveport Madison Schools’ properties in the township if the district’s levy/bond issue passes May 7 and the existing school buildings are demolished.

“What becomes of these school properties?” asked Kershner. “Will they be abandoned? Who will maintain the land once the buildings are torn down? Who would want to purchase these sites and what might go in there? These are concerns.”
Kershner also expressed concerns regarding the potential wear and tear and environmental impact that possible increased school bus traffic would have on township roads if the levy/bond issue passes.

Trash district contract

The go-ahead was given to the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio to prepare and complete bid documents on behalf of the township for the trash district contract in the unincorporated portion of the township.

The current contract with Local Waste expires in five months. Services include recycling, yard waste, and solid waste. Brobst expects the new contract will include rate changes.

“We need to go out for bid because our contract is up in August,” Brobst said. “Local Waste is not offering an extension. All costs to prepare the bid documents and execute the contract will be at no cost to the township. SWACO will pick up the cost of seeing this through.”

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