It is such a privilege to be a township trustee and to see all the cooperation that occurs among county, state and local governments to improve the community.

Every day our employees are working with many other government agencies to improve services and safety in our community on all sorts of projects and issues. Whether it is borrowing tools or equipment, coordinating and scheduling projects, or rendering direct assistance, the nonstop cooperation and assistance between entities is a win-win for everyone.

A recent case in point is the upgrades of our highway signs both in the township and in the village of Urbancrest. With the assistance of the Ohio Department of Transportation, Jackson Township received a grant for nearly $25,000 for new high reflective roadway safety signs.

The new signs include a variety of regulatory signs such as stop signs, speed limit signs and cautionary signs such as arrows, curves, etc.

All of the new signs meet current regulations for reflectivity, meaning they are more visible along dark country roads than previous signs due to the special coatings and paints used in the manufacturing process. Even in the daylight hours, the signs may be larger or have different sizes of lettering to make them easier to see.

Jackson Township received 195 signs, posts and hardware, which replaces nearly half of all signs in the township, totaling $14,055. Working with the village of Urbancrest, we secured approval for another 154 signs, posts and hardware for the village totaling $11,196.

Your Jackson Township trustees are here to serve; do not hesitate to call me at any time at 614-361-8989.

Jim Rauck is a member of the Jackson Township board of trustees.