Prairie Township trustees took action Wednesday night on several road improvement and maintenance projects, both for immediate construction and looking toward the future.

Prairie Township trustees took action Wednesday night on several road improvement and maintenance projects, both for immediate construction and looking toward the future.

The board approved the bidding process and funding agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for street improvements on South Grener Avenue at its Feb. 25 meeting.

The first action trustees took was to authorize a revised schedule for advertising, opening and awarding the bid for work on Phase I of the project. Advertising is set to take place this week, with bids opened on March 23 and a contract awarded on March 25.

In related action, trustees approved a project agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a grant and interest-free loan from the State Capital Improvement Fund for work associated with Phase II of the project.

Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said the agreement includes $2.2-million in grant funds and a 20-year, $787,238 no-interest loan.

Construction of the project is to take place between April 15, 2010, and April 15, 20011.

Improvements with the South Grener project will include regrading, resurfacing and construction of sidewalks and curb and gutter for a section of South Grener from Stiles Avenue north. Removal of a pedestrian bridge at Stiles is also being considered.

In other township maintenance issues, trustees approved the expenditure of up to $5,500 for the repair of roof damage at the township garage caused by the wind storm on Feb. 11. The township's insurance has a $1,000 deductible, Hatmaker said.

Trustees also approved making a commitment to purchase between 80 and 120 percent of 400 tons of rock salt through the Ohio Department of Transportation's 2009-2010 cooperative purchase program.

Hatmaker said the township fared pretty well this winter with its supply, but after discussing the issue with the township road superintendent, it was recommended as a precaution to reserve salt for next winter.

"Local governments are being encouraged to go into contracts now for salt," Hatmaker said. "High prices and shortages are expected again next year."

The next board of trustees meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the township hall, 23 Maple Drive.