Olentangy Valley News

Orange trustees prepare for $474K in road work


Orange Township trustees this week discussed the township's 2013 road improvement program, which is estimated to devote about $474,000 to repairs of more than a dozen streets.

The bulk of the work brought before trustees at their meeting Monday, March 4, includes $101,000 for Hidden Cove Circle, $88,000 for Aniko Avenue and $65,000 for Crossing Place.

Milling, repaving and other repair work is needed, Maintenance Director Beth Hugh said during a break in the meeting.

Other work is planned for Meadow View Drive, Arctic Avenue, Beechmont, Crossing Place, Glenside Lane, Hidden Ravines, Sunglow Drive, Polar Drive, Meadow Park, Orange Point Drive, Bale Kenyon Road and East Orange Road.

It's likely Trustees Rob Quigley, Lisa Knapp and Debbie Taranto will act on the road improvements at their meeting Monday, March 11.

Hugh said during the break that the project estimate includes using a more-expensive binding treatment to help prevent cracks in some of the streets.

Once trustees take action on the project, bids would be advertised for the work. The Shelly Co. was contracted for 2012's roadwork, which ran about $350,000.

Also at the March 4 meeting:

* Trustees approved a special-event permit for Caribbean Jerks tavern, 1262 E. Powell Road, to hold a charity fundraiser from 11 a.m. March 16 to 1 a.m. March 17.

The event will benefit the Get Behind the Badge organization, a local group that provides financial assistance to families of police officers and firefighters killed or critically injured in the line of duty.

Music, food and other entertainment will be provided for what has become an annual charity event over the past few years.

However, some have complained the music is too loud for residents in nearby neighborhoods.

"We've complained about the volume of the music," resident Tim Hinton said. "We understand it's a charity ... (The music) does get ridiculous sometimes."

New tavern co-owner Julie Osborn said every effort would be made to maintain a neighborly event. Trustees said the township would monitor the event, too.

* Trustees approved a contract with Columbus Pool Management to handle the day-to-day operations of the North Orange Aquatic Park this summer.

The $186,700 contract continues a relationship with Columbus Pool Management to operate the pool.

* Trustees approved a resolution allowing changes to a plan for a residential development at 6525 Africa Road.

The changes to the 107.9-acre site, to be known as the Sanctuary and Enclave at the Lakes, were discussed during trustee hearings over the past couple of months.

A 3.5-acre peat moss bog was discovered on the site, meaning no homes or infrastructure improvements could be built there.

Also, nearby residents complained about a connector street between the planned Sanctuary Drive and the existing Tralee Lane that would significantly add to the traffic volume on Tralee. The connector street was removed from the final plan approved March 4.