Mifflin Township trustees Sept. 16 briefly discussed the results of a survey on water usage and sources for residents in the Leonard Park neighborhood.

Mifflin Township trustees Sept. 16 briefly discussed the results of a survey on water usage and sources for residents in the Leonard Park neighborhood.

Township code-enforcement officer Steve Blake, who distributed the questionnaire to 72 households and received replies from 46 households, presented the results of the nonscientific survey. A total of 164 residents were represented in the results, including 102 adults and 62 children under age 18.

Residents in Leonard Park have sewer service from Columbus but are not connected to city water lines because the city traditionally has refused to provide water service to homeowners or landowners unless they are willing to annex into the city.

All of the respondents have a well as a source of water for their home, but 44 of the 46 survey respondents said they have to get water for daily living needs -- drinking, cooking and bathing -- from other sources because of the poor quality of the well water. Many either buy potable water from another source or rely on the township and/or a church to obtain their water.

Along with the surveys, Blake said he received a petition containing the signatures of 59 residents who want to obtain city water without having to annex into Columbus.

The topic of receiving water from Columbus in Leonard Park and other areas of the township without having to annex into the city has been a frequent topic of discussion at trustees meetings through the years. Residents and the trustees frequently express frustration over the inability to obtain water as a result of Columbus' policy.

Blake said a committee comprised of him, fiscal officer Nancy White and township residents would meet to discuss the survey results before meeting with representatives from Franklin County to decide on their next step.

"We're going to look at what we're running into, what our options are and see where we can go with this to get water in there," he said.

In other business, trustees approved the payment of $1,650 to cover the cost of removing two dead trees and the stumps from Riverside Cemetery and a service-credit bonus of $1,100 for fire Chief Jim DeConnick, who has served the township for 34 years.

Trustee Lynn Stewart thanked all of the township's department heads for their quick and efficient work to clean up after the Sept. 14 windstorm that left many trees toppled and limbs scattered throughout the township.

The trustees' next regular meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the township hall, 118 Olde Ridenour Road. Trustees will hold a monthly staff meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 6.

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