Residents of Woodstone Drive, south of Lewis Center Road, soon might get some help from Orange Township and Delaware County officials to battle increased traffic on their winding residential street.

Residents of Woodstone Drive, south of Lewis Center Road, soon might get some help from Orange Township and Delaware County officials to battle increased traffic on their winding residential street.

Residents on Sept. 20 told township trustees that detours caused by the East Orange Road construction project the past few months have resulted in many motorists using Woodstone as a detour.

Resident Tom McCauley, along with the homeowners association, gathered a petition with 50 signatures of residents requesting that something be done.

McCauley told trustees he estimates traffic has increased from about 50 cars daily to 500. He said many drivers appear to be speeding and driving without regard for the safety of others. The subdivision has no sidewalks.

"We understand growth in the area and we understand development," he said. "We are seeing a continuous amount of traffic."

Trustees agreed the traffic issue needs to be examined.

"I really appreciate your coming forward," trustee Rob Quigley said. "These are serious concerns."

Township officials plan to ask Delaware County engineer Chris Bauserman to authorize a traffic study on Woodstone to determine the volume of traffic and other concerns. That could lead to signs prohibiting through traffic or temporary speed bumps to help with traffic control.

Officials also will contract sheriff's deputies to make sure they periodically check the street for speeders and other traffic violators.

The Orange Road construction is not expected to be finished until next summer.

"Woodstone is extremely dangerous because it is so narrow and curvy," said resident William Toivonen. "Something has to be done."

Township trustees also want to hear from residents of Taylor Way, in southern Orange Township, about a planned commercial project that would include a new road in adjacent Westerville. Orange officials have had some preliminary discussions about the project with Westerville and want to set up a meeting with residents to get their input.

Orange Township residences are along Taylor Way, which feeds into County Line Road. The planned roadway would connect the commercial site with Polaris Parkway and Worthington Road.

Trustees Quigley, Nelson Katz and Jennifer Christian agreed a meeting with residents would be beneficial before sitting down with Westerville to further discuss the matter. Any concerns by residents could be relayed to Westerville, they said.

Trustees also:

Approved paying $6,000 to the treasurer of the state of Ohio for the biennial audit of the township completed earlier this month by state auditors.

Township fiscal officer Joel Spitzer said after the meeting that the financial audit of calendar years 2008 and 2009 took about four weeks. He anticipates the audit could include some minor findings on procedural issues. The last audit had several such findings, he said. Audit results could be back by early October.

Will pay $1,503 to Wildlife Control Co. Inc. between now and March to conduct a vole eradication program inside North Orange Aquatic Center. The voles, small mouse-like animals, have infested the pool area this summer, eating leftover snack food and tunneling in the grassy area, said Beth Hugh, director of township parks and maintenance. The plan is to significantly reduce the vole population by next summer.

Heard the township plans to use volunteers to help count the number of bicyclists and others who use leisure trails. The results could help with future trail planning, Hugh said.

Volunteers, who can contact Hugh at township offices, are needed on Sept. 30 from 7 to 9 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. at the corner of South Old State Road and Orange Road, Gooding Boulevard and North Orange Park, and Lewis Center Road and Bale Kenyon Road. Three volunteers are needed for each location, Hugh said.

Accepted the donation of about five acres of vacant land, just off Walker Wood Boulevard, from the Walker Woods Homeowners Association. The land, with a market value of $36,200, could be developed into a small park by the township. It has been used as practice fields by youth sports teams in the past.