Prairie Township trustees voted at their July 25 meeting to approve an agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for a grant that will cover 75 percent of the estimated $1.9 million cost of rebuilding a portion of Beacon Hill Road.

Prairie Township trustees voted at their July 25 meeting to approve an agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for a grant that will cover 75 percent of the estimated $1.9 million cost of rebuilding a portion of Beacon Hill Road.

Work is expected to take place beginning spring 2013.

Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker said the remaining $502,423 for the project will be paid back as a 20-year, no-interest loan.

Work on the roadway will include resurfacing, grading, curbs and gutters, new water lines and sidewalks, Hatmaker said. The portion of the road to be redone is located east of Buena Vista to Hilliard-Rome Road.

A vote on a similar grant agreement with the OPWC for Woodlawn Avenue was delayed because of a potential conflict with another federal grant awarded for the same area.

Once the OPWC agreement with the township is approved, Woodlawn Avenue will see the same type of work as Beacon Hill, Hatmaker said. The total cost of that project is $2.1 million with the OPWC picking up 75 percent of the cost and the township owing the remaining $565,532 in a 20-year, interest-free loan.

Trustees also are looking to purchase a speed trailer in order to discourage motorists from driving too fast.

The discussion about such a purchase came in response to residents' complaints about speeders along Deerfield Drive.

"The No. 1 complaint here in the township is speed," Trustee Steve Kennedy said. "We will need to work with the sheriff's department, but we are looking to purchase a speed trailer."

Kennedy said such trailers can cost $5,000 to $10,000, depending on what they do. Some speed trailers take pictures of cars, some keep records of the how many cars and how fast they are going, etc.

"It might make sense for the board to get one," he said. "We can give a picture of a license plate to the sheriff."

Kennedy said the Franklin County Sheriff's Office does what it can when it comes to cracking down on speeders, but bigger crimes take precedence over speed. Plus, he said, Franklin County owns only two speed trailers.

"I think it would be a good investment for the township," he said.

Kennedy said trustees will continue to research making the purchase. However, he said, it is important that the speed trailer is equipped with a camera and has the ability to keep data.

The next trustees' meeting is slated to start at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the township hall, 23 Maple Drive.