Violet Township has a lot in store for 2016 as fire department officials continue to fulfill promises made as a result of its successful 2014 levy.

Violet Township has a lot in store for 2016 as fire department officials continue to fulfill promises made as a result of its successful 2014 levy.

While a new $6 million Violet Fire Station 591 in downtown Pickerington is expected to break ground in the spring of 2016, the fire department also will take delivery of a new engine/rescue vehicle and a new medic unit in the spring, said John Eisel, Violet Township director of operations.

He said the department will also begin the specification process of a new engine/aerial quintuple combination pumper to replace Engine 592.

Additionally, fire department officials plan to have a "Community Paramedic" on the street in early 2016, Eisel said.

The Community Medic Program is a cooperative pilot program implemented in conjunction with Mount Carmel Health, Truro Township and the city of Whitehall, he said.

Major public works projects in Violet Township will include the Stonecreek Drive Improvement Project.

"(We'll) begin work on a $1 million upgrade to Stonecreek Drive from state Route 256 to Oxford Drive within the Summerfield subdivision," said Greg Butcher, township engineer.

Violet Township will also be seeking voter approval of a 1.5 mill road levy in March 2016 to support maintenance of its roadway infrastructure.

Eisel said the levy, if successful at the polls, would cost $52.50 per $100,000 of property valuation.

Residents can also expect the township to be actively engaged in the single trash hauler bidding process in 2016, Eisel said.

"The bid documents are still in the revision stage at this time," he said.

"We have received feedback from several allied organizations such as the (Fairfield County) prosecutor and the solid waste district," he said.

Eisel said it is an important issue for the township "as it should provide more economical rates due to the competitive bid process that will be followed."

He said a single trash-hauling company for the township would also reduce the amount of heavy truck traffic on township roadways by having only one truck on the road per week versus the current scenario whereupon trash is picked up by numerous hauling companies six days per week.