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Jackson Township

Trustees act to demolish dilapidated, vacant house

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The Jackson Township Board of Trustees officially began a process to take down an unsafe house.

The board unanimously passed a resolution calling for the removal of an unsafe building, a house located at 3616 Casa Blvd., located just west of Haughn Road near Murfin Fields.

"The structure's falling apart," said Township Administrator Mike Lilly at the trustees meeting Sept. 10.

Lilly said the property is dilapidated and has been vacant for some time, since the death of its owner, listed under records from the Franklin County Auditor's office as Mary M. Houser, who purchased the property in 1986. Lilly said the township needs to send out certified letters to whoever's in charge of the property now, but at the time of the meeting, he hadn't tracked down any heirs yet.

Ultimately, Lilly said, the plan is for the township to turn the property over to the Franklin County Landbank to either demolish or rehabilitate.

In other township news:

* Township officials expect to bid out the third phase of the White Road reconstruction project in December, with plans to award a contract in December and have construction begin in March.

The project, expected to be complete by October 2014, includes a full reconstruction and widening of White Road from from McDowell Road to Hoover and other improvements such as new sidewalks, storm drains, street lights and turn lane to match the improvements performed in the previous phases. However, unlike the other phases, there will be no bicycle path.

Earlier this year, the township received a grant of $1.86 million from the Ohio Public Works Commission for this phase of the project.

Lilly said the grant will cover 90 percent of the project's cost while the balance will be split evenly between the township, Grove City and Franklin County.

* The board of trustees went into closed session at the end of its regular meeting on Sept. 10, to interview five candidates, all firefighters within the Jackson Township Fire Division, for three promotions to lieutenant. They would all assigned to the new Fire Station 204, currently under construction at 4900 Buckeye Parkway and expected to open later this year.

The three to be promoted will be announced with a ceremony at an upcoming trustee meeting.

The next township trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, with caucus to begin at 6:15 p.m.

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