Township trustees consider vacating part of Bixby Road

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor
The Madison Township trustees are considering a request to vacate a portion of Bixby Road right of way.

The area is part of the Barr property on the west side of Bixby Road north of U.S. Route 33, which has been annexed into Columbus for residential development, according to Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst.

“Part of the vacating will be to turn some land over to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the future interchange and the rest will go to the Barr parcel,” said Brobst. “Currently there is nothing (no road, no buildings, etc.) in the area being vacated.”

She said the request came from the developer, but it involves ODOT, the Franklin County Engineer, and the township, then ultimately, the request must be approved by the Franklin County Commissioners.

“We are just waiting until ODOT gets the necessary documents to the engineer for review,” said Brobst. “This is a complex multi-step process.”

The trustees could vote on the issue once the documentation is ready.

Madison Township Public Works Superintendent Dave Watkins said, since ODOT is involved in this process, the County Engineer is working with all agencies to coordinate maps, legal descriptions, etc. The timeline for having these documents has yet to be finalized, however, it could be as early as the next trustees meeting. A resolution would be asked to be approved.

Other Madison Township news
•The trustees approved the purchase of a Ring-O-Matic 550VX HiCFM vacuum excavator from Best Equipment Company Inc., at a cost of $109,283, plus freight $1,450, less dealer discount of $10,869, for a total payment of $99,864.

Watkins said a vacuum (trailer) excavator purchase was included in this year’s budget. He said this piece of equipment is used to safely and efficiently clean out the storm drains, without the employee needing to climb in and out of a manhole.

•Fire Marshal Scott Hite’s retirement letter was accepted by the trustees. He is retiring at the end of July after 36 years of service.

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