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New Albany Co. might lend a hand to solve drainage issues at Maplewood Cemetery

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Plain Township plans to partner with the New Albany Co. to improve drainage in the southwest portion of Maplewood Cemetery on Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road.

"(The southwest part of the cemetery) is not suitable for internment right now," said Ben Collins, Plain Township administrator.

Plain Township trustees on July 17 reviewed plans to improve drainage, grade the area and add a 700-foot driveway loop off Park Avenue that could access new gravesites.

Trustee Tom Rybski said township officials want to use fill dirt from a neighboring development for the project.

The New Albany Co. is developing 51 single-family lots west of the cemetery.

Its development plan includes installing a stormwater system and adding a drainage pond that could help improve drainage in the cemetery, said Tom Rubey, development director for the New Albany Co.

Collins said the improvements could cost up to $100,000 unless the township can use some of the dirt removed for the drainage pond on the neighboring site.

"We do not have an engineer's estimate yet but we think (the cost) could reach $100,000, depending on what type of savings we can achieve from getting some of the (fill) dirt," Collins said.

Rubey said the New Albany Co. intends to work with township officials.

"We're willing to work with them to give them dirt," Rubey said. "There also may be some synergies with using the same contractors."

Rybski said sharing contractors could save both entities money.

He also said construction traffic would be better suited to use the New Albany Co. site instead of traveling on the narrow cemetery roads, which aren't built to handle heavy truck traffic.

The trustees approved plans for the project and agreed to move forward with the bidding process.

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