Traffic circle planned in Pleasant Township

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By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

Motorists in Pleasant Township will be negotiating a roundabout at Johnson and Norton roads come 2019.

Jim Jewel, a deputy engineer in the Franklin County Engineer’s Office, outlined the plans for this traffic pattern at the Pleasant Township board of trustees meeting on Feb. 27.

“I know people don’t like them,” Jewel said, adding that this one would be similar to the traffic circle at Alkire Road. “That one has had more good comments.”

The county plans to purchase the necessary right-of-way soon, he said, noting that construction typically starts when school lets of session for the summer.

He also said there will be paving this season on Darby Creek Drive and Georgesville-Wrightsville Road.

On the local level, Jeff Karn of the township’s road department said Seaman Road was up for repaving this year, as well as widening.

“It’s 14-feet wide, and I want it 16 feet,” he said. “It can’t go any wider.”

In other news, Fire Chief Brian Taylor recognized Douglas Ison who was retiring after 38 years of service to the department and township. Ison, whose retirement began March 2, started as a volunteer with the department in 1980 and four years later went full-time.

His work, the chief said, was important to the lives of residents and visitors to Pleasant Township.

“In my short tenure, let me say it has been a pleasure to work with you,” Taylor said.
Ison said he plans to help his wife around the house and perhaps they’ll do some traveling. The couple has two adult children.

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