By Noell Wolfgram Evans
Jackson Township roadways led the discussion at the July 11 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
The trustees first discussed the state of Borror Road between Quail Meadows and State Route 104. While all agree that the road is in need of repairs to meet current and future use, there is not a clear path showing how to do that.
This is partially because there are five different entities who have responsibility over sections of the road. Those entities are the township, Grove City, Franklin County, and two development companies (Trailview and Rockford). Improvements to just the three sections that the township are responsible for would have an estimated cost of $824,000. This could be paid for through a matching grant by the state and a 20-year loan.
Those funding options gave trustees pause though.
“While Borror Road is important,” trustee David Burris said, “we need to relook at the scope.”
Of particular concern was that the proposal did not contain the addition of sidewalks or storm sewers. Township Administrator Mike Lilly offered to continue talks with Grove City in the hopes of finding ways to share the costs.
Road safety was a point of contention brought up by resident Burley Dunn. Dunn was concerned over the traffic increases and lack of attention to traffic signage on Charlemagne Street. Dunn had an impassioned plea to trustees to help slow traffic before “one of those kids gets killed.”
Speed bumps, traffic calming, road closures, and redirecting the flow of traffic via one-way streets were all discussed. Trustees acknowledged that some solutions were out of their control, but they asked Lilly to survey residents of the street to assess needs.
Fire Chief Randy Little announced that two homes, one on Hoover Road and one on 665, have been donated to the fire department for training. The Hoover residence will be used to train arson investigators, while the home on 665 would be used in a training fire for newer recruits.
Also on the agenda was a look at the projected 2018 tax budget for the township. It was prepared by Lilly and Township Fiscal Officer Ron Grossman.
Lilly pointed out that the “good news is that we will end 2017 with money in the bank.”
Their concern though, is with 2018.
“With forecasted expenditures, we believe it will be a challenge to make ends meet by the end of 2018,” said Lilly.
He pointed to the elimination of the personal property tax as one of the reasons for the concern.
“As we sit down to do the 2018 budget,” Lilly continued, “it’s critical what costs will be cut or what revenue sources will need to be raised.”