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Prairie Township

Land-disturbance rules will meet federal requirement


The Prairie Township Board of Trustees approved a resolution last week to implement land-disturbance regulations as required by federal law.

The approval came at the Dec. 12 board meeting. Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker told trustees the resolution was a requirement by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"A development of a certain size has to provide a plan to show that there is no runoff that will pollute streams," he said. "It is a U.S. EPA requirement for urban areas."

Hatmaker said Prairie Township has contracted with the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District to provide services for a land-disturbance regulations program that requires sedimentation and erosion control measures for construction sites, he said.

In other business, trustees approved spending $9,310 to replace carpet and flooring at the fire department.

Trustees also declared five properties in the township to be nuisances. The township will clean up those properties and abate the property at the expense of the property owner for the clean-up.

The board approved two money disbursements for Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) road projects that are receiving grants to cover more than 80 percent of the costs. The first was for $8,000 for road improvements on Beacon Hill; the second was for $37,977 for improvements to Woodlawn Avenue. Funds will go to Stantec for design and engineering work, Hatmaker said.

The next Prairie Township meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at 23 Maple Drive.