Orange Township plans to spend about $400,000 this year to repair or improve parts of 13 roads.

Orange Township plans to spend about $400,000 this year to repair or improve parts of 13 roads.

Township maintenance director Beth Hugh on March 14 told trustees Rob Quigley, Lisa Knapp and Debbie Taranto that all township roads were inspected to identify those needing the most attention.

"There were some clear repairs needed (and) some clear roads in great shape," Hugh said.

The township has about 94 miles of roads. The planned road work will total about 3.2 miles.

On the repair list are Plumb Road, between Africa Road and 3B's and K Road; Mesloh Drive; Short Street; Highfield Drive, from Highfield to Green Meadows Drive; Ridgedale Court, from Green Bower Lane to the cul-de-sac; Meadow View Drive, from Glenside Lane to Highmeadows Village Drive; Glenside Lane, from Green Meadows Drive to Meadow View Drive; Kirkland Drive; Cottonwood Drive, from Sedona Court to Little Bear loop; Leeward Court, from Ketch Street to the cul-de-sac; Crystal Valley Drive, from Valley Chase Court to Africa Road; Winslow Court, from Clarksdale Drive to the cul-de-sac; and Paulden Court, from Sedona Court to the cul-de-sac.

Some roads will be repaved while others will have cracks sealed.

The costliest job will be a nearly half-mile stretch of Glenside Lane, estimated to run about $129,000. The Delaware County Engineer's office will seek bids for the work.

Trustees also:

• Heard Hugh say about six large dead trees at Ro Park and Glen Oak Park need to be removed. Township workers have been removing up to 100 small dead ash trees at Ro Park, and Hugh said the large trees need to be taken down by a professional tree service.

Trustees approved paying $2,500 to Fisher Tree Service to do that job.

• Announced an ad hoc committee of the township's community park board will meet with an Indianapolis consulting company doing a feasibility study on whether the township should build a community recreation center.

Results of the study are expected sometime in May.

Two remaining meetings between the committee and Pros Consulting LLC are set for 4:30 p.m. on April 12 and May 10 at the township hall, 1680 E. Orange Rd.

The feasibility study, which includes a random telephone survey of 400 residents, as well as focus groups, will help determine if the public still supports a recreation center. A study several years ago indicated wide support, but that was before the harsh economic downturn.

Depending on amenities, such as an indoor pool, a center could cost at least $14 million.

A site for a recreation center, and how to pay for it, would be determined later.