Grove City Record

Grant funding on the way for White Road

While the funds will help one project, another bill looms for fire station in Jackson township

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Jackson Township has received a grant to help complete the reconstruction of White Road.

White Road Phase Three is one of 14 projects in Franklin County that will receive a combined $31 million in July from the Ohio Public Works Commission for public improvements. In all, 31 projects were seeking a combined total of more than $85 million in grants.

The township will receive $1,867,316 from the OPWC. The total cost of the project is projected to be $2,202,282, according to information from Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. MORPC provided administrative support to the OPWC during the grant process and reviewed project grant and loan requests from local governments.

The remaining amount of the cost of the White Road project will be split equally between Jackson Township, Grove City and Franklin County.

"We are very excited to be a recipient of highly competitive grant funds," Township Administrator Mike Lilly said via email.

The third phase of the White Road improvements are scheduled to take place in 2014, Lilly said. The improvements will include a full reconstruction of White Road from McDowell Road west to Hoover Road as well as new storm water drains, new sidewalks and new streetlights to correspond with the improvements completed on White Road in 2012 as part of the previous phase.

"Construction for the White Road Phase 3 project is scheduled for summer 2014, and local residents will have an opportunity later this year to review preliminary construction plans," Lilly added. "White Road will have a uniform appearance from Buckeye Parkway to Hoover (Road)."

Fire station work

In other township news, Jackson Township is facing a bill between $27,000 and $36,000 for major replacements to the fire sprinkler system at Fire Station 202, the department's headquarters at 3650 Hoover Road.

Lilly said the current system was installed in 1992, and because of corrosion to the steel lines, repairs as a result of leaks and ruptures have cost more than $20,000. The most recent leak occurred in December and cost $7,454.

The estimated range for the repairs comes from Fire System Professionals, a local Grove City business specializing in fire suppression and sprinkler systems. Lilly said the range in price is because much of the existing pipes are hidden inside walls and ceilings.

Lilly said the township will use galvanized steel in the repair work to prevent re-occurrences of corrosion.

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