New zoning regulations aimed at preventing Prairie Township residents from parking in their front yards will take effect this month.

Trustees approved the revision to the township zoning code Feb. 14 to include specific language prohibiting parking in yards.

Previously, there was no law against it and the township routinely received complaints from homeowners about "people turning their front yards into parking lots," Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker said. "It really is just about neighborhood character."

Violations will be enforced through the township zoning office, he said.

Another no-parking zone will be established on a section of Beacon Hill Road between Old Village Road and North Grener Avenue. Township trustees approved that move earlier this month. The restrictions take effect in April.

"Cars are parking off the road and ... this is a narrow section of the street with no curb and gutter," Hatmaker said.

Road repairs

The township will tackle more than a half-million dollars in road improvements this spring, through a pair of projects.

Curb and ramp improvements will be made at 38 intersections in the Lincoln Village area with help from the Ohio Public Works Commission. The total cost of the project is $410,454, Hatmaker said, and will be paid for entirely through an OPWC grant.

The township also will spend about $250,000 to resurface six streets this spring.

Those streets are Dejoan Court, Della Place, Gary Dennis Drive, Hafey Road, Mix Avenue and Squad Drive, Hatmaker said.

Got trash?

Prairie Township will hold its 28th annual spring cleanup on two weekends in April to allow residents to dispose of garbage and other unwanted items -- includng tires -- for free.

Trash will be collected at the township road department, 6725 Alkire Road.

Those wanting to drop off items will be asked to show a photo ID to verify they are Prairie Township residents. The opportunity is limited to households only, no businesses.

Hatmaker said there are no restrictions on the amount of trash or the number of times a resident may dump per day; however, they will be restricted to eight tires per day.

Except for hazardous materials, yard waste and electronics, he said residents can dispose of nearly anything "if it will fit in the Dumpster."

A complete list of prohibited items can be found at the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio website, 226/Unaccepted-Waste.

The annual cleanup was started in 1990 and has grown steadily every year, Hatmaker said.

"It's a longstanding tradition that predates those of us who are here now," he said. "We're really thrilled to provide this service and that our staff is able and willing to work these events and provide them for the residents."

In 2017, the township collected 20 tons of trash and 10 tons of tires during the cleanup, said Connie Swisher, zoning inspector.

The hours for this year's cleanup are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 12 and 13, April 19 and 20; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 and April 21.

Swisher said volunteer groups, such as scouting troops and neighborhood organizations, are encouraged to participate.

Those wanting to organize larger cleanup efforts can call the building and zoning department for supplies and assistance, at 614-878-3317, extension 102.