Liberty Township trustees hope residents will step up to fill open positions on a newly approved task force related to the old Orange Road bridge.

Liberty Township trustees hope residents will step up to fill open positions on a newly approved task force related to the old Orange Road bridge.

Liberty also has openings on its zoning commission and board of zoning appeals.

The temporary task force will develop ideas for preserving the one-lane bridge built in 1898. It was declared unsafe and closed to traffic in 2007. A new bridge, constructed just north of the old one, opened to traffic in 2009.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources told Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman's office it wanted the old and deteriorating bridge removed if alternative uses for it were not decided by the end of 2011.

Chief county deputy engineer Rob Riley said Bauserman's office would need ODNR's input to delay the bridge removal.

Township resident Jim Bresnahan asked the trustees to approve the task force Jan. 17. The old bridge was the only survivor among 26 bridges standing before the 1913 flood.

About 10 years ago, the work of resident Judy Brozek, a member of Friends of the Olentangy River, resulted in the bridge being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Riley said Bauserman's office would be open to ideas of what to do with the bridge, but "much would depend on the details of any plan for reuse."

People interested in joining the task force should call the township administrator at (740) 938-2000.

Trustees also said they need residents of the unincorporated area of the township to fill the following positions:

• A regular seat for the zoning commission, term from April 21, 2012 through March 31, 2017.

• Two alternate seats on the zoning commission, terms beginning upon appointment and ending Jan. 31, 2013.

• Two alternate seats on the board of zoning appeals, terms beginning upon appointment and ending April 30, 2013.

Those interested in the various zoning seats should send resumes and letters of interest to township administrator David Anderson at 10104 Brewster Lane, Suite 125, Powell, Ohio 43065. Letters must be received no later than noon on March 9.