Orange Township trustees on Feb. 16 heard about plans to build a 220-unit apartment complex on 28 acres at 7493-94 Hidden Ravines Drive .

Orange Township trustees on Feb. 16 heard about plans to build a 220-unit apartment complex on 28 acres at 7493-94 Hidden Ravines Drive .

Zoning inspector Dick Gladman said Orange Road Partners LLC c/o Schottenstein Real Estate Group will seek a rezoning for the project.

The site is zoned for 32 four-unit condominiums. The new plan calls for four 12-unit apartment buildings 12, eight-unit buildings, four seven-unit buildings, and six eight-unit buildings.

Gladman said before the meeting the amended zoning would be a change of use for that site, which is zoned as multi-family planned residential district. He said Orange does not have very many apartment complexes.

The township zoning commission will hold a hearing on the application at 7:30 p.m. March 16. Gladman said before the meeting that the entire process could take up to six months before the matter would reach trustees, who have the final say on any zoning change.

Trustees also heard a report on snow-clearing efforts from Beth Hugh, township maintenance and parks director.

She said repeated snowfalls have hampered plowing efforts on some residential streets, but every effort is being made to get the job done.

Hugh said main streets are the priority, especially when heavy snow hits. Some of the 68 cul-de-sacs in residential neighborhoods had not been cleared by the day of the meeting.

"We've almost gotten a foot of snow a week," she told trustees. "We've gotten the majority of streets. ... We're doing the best we can."

Trustees and other township officials said not many complaints have been received. The township's six snow plows have been out on almost a daily basis.

"I think it's been a great effort. So far, so good," said trustee John Cassady.

Hugh told trustees that some residents created problems by using their snow-blowers to throw snow on residential streets already plowed. She said it's a violation of state law to put an obstruction in a street.

Trustees approved paying American Rock Salt $33,768 to cover the balance of a 1,400-ton salt purchase made last fall. The trustees also approved paying another $50,000 for future salt purchases this year.

Hugh said before the meeting that much of the salt supply has been depleted.

Looking forward to summer, trustees discussed whether there's a need to increase pool rates at the North Orange Aquatic Center.

Revenue almost covered operating costs last year, Hugh said. She suggested that trustees could look into a nominal rate increase of $5 to $10 on memberships.

Trustees said they want to see a detailed analysis of pool finances, including capital expenditures, and indicated rates would not be raised this year.

"I don't think this is the ideal time to raise rates," trustee Rob Quigley said. "We need to do a thorough (financial) study this year."

Trustees also:

Heard Nelson Katz say he met Feb. 12 with Delaware County Sheriff Walter Davis regarding police protection in the township.

Orange contracts for police services with the sheriff's office and currently has seven deputies assigned under that contract. One more deputy is expected to be on duty soon, Katz said.

Davis told Katz he would like to speak once a year at a trustees' meeting to discuss the state of crime prevention in Orange, Katz said. Katz also said he would be meeting quarterly with the sheriff to address crime issues.

Approved a special-use permit for Caribbean Jerks tavern, 1262 E. Powell Road, to hold an outdoor charitable event on March 17.

As in past years, a tent will be set up in the parking lot and a live band will perform. Trustees stipulated that amplified music must end by 11 p.m. that day. Past complaints to township officials primarily have centered on excessively loud music.

B.J. Maselli, who represented Caribbean Jerks at the meeting, told trustees this is the fourth year for the event to benefit 11-year-old Randy Mayhew. The boy is the son of a Columbus police officer and has a rare genetic skin disease.

Maselli said he will monitor noise levels during the event and two special-duty deputies will be on hand.

Set 8 p.m. on March 15 for a special hearing on a rezoning request sought by Harbor Point Real Estate Management for 3.9 acres at 5808-10 U.S. Route 23.

A convenience store is currently operating at that site under a conditional use permit.

Following an executive session, trustees voted to spend as much as $10,000 for an outside attorney for an upcoming civil case involving former firefighter Raechel Sterud. The Columbus Dispatch has reported the Ohio Civil Rights Commission found that township fire officials had retaliated against Sterud by recommending that she be fired for "poor performance" in 2008 after she complained of sexual harassment.