New Albany News

Plain, Harlem townships want to collaborate on paving work

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Plain Township trustees hope to work with Harlem Township in 2014 to resurface Bevelhymer Road from New Albany-Condit Road to Bevelhymer Park.

The trustees unanimously approved a resolution Sept. 4 to apply for funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission for their portion of the project, which is estimated to cost $45,000.

Trustee Dave Olmstead said the township is responsible for the road from Walnut Street until it reaches Deer Run Estates.

Between Deer Run and New Albany-Condit Road, Plain Township is responsible for the south half of the road and Harlem Township is responsible for the north half.

The townships want to work with the Franklin County and Delaware County engineer's offices to resurface the road.

Olmstead said Franklin County has pledged in-kind support and Delaware County might offer funding for the project.

Both townships are applying for OPWC funds for the project but because they are in different counties and in different funding districts, the grants will not be considered together, Olmstead said.

The Plain Township trustees also unanimously tabled the resolution for a cooperative agreement with Harlem Township and the county engineers on the project, pending some language changes requested by township officials.

In other business Sept. 4, Plain Township trustees:

* Received an update on road improvements to Maplewood Cemetery.

Trustee Tom Rybski said the township used dirt from a neighboring residential project to fill in holes and low spots while building a 700-foot driveway loop off Park Avenue that could access new gravesites.

Rybski said the road's final grade is being determined so it will drain properly. He estimated it will be paved in late October or early November.

He suggested the township continue to work with the New Albany Co. on the project. The company is developing 51 single-family lots west of the cemetery.

Rybski said if the two can work with the same contractor to pave the cemetery road and roads in the subdivision, they could save money.

* Approved a resolution to pay Buckeye Interactive $1,800 for website maintenance and support.

* Continued discussion of the personnel policy, which is being updated.