LEWIS CENTER — The first couple of Orange Township Board of Trustees meetings for 2023 are in the books.
A glance through the journal of actions (minutes) of the meeting on Jan. 18 shows that:
• Karthik Avadhanula was appointed as a member of the Orange Township Zoning Commission to fill a new term, which was later amended to expire on Dec. 31.
• Steve Totzke was appointed as an alternate member of the Board of Zoning Appeals through 2025.
• The Delaware County Engineer’s Office was requested to do an intersection traffic study for Parklawn Drive at Parklawn Circle.
• The financial report stated the township ended 2022 with $19.3 million in revenue and $17.5 million in expenses. The final report was given on Feb. 15.
• The annual inventory reports from township offices and departments were accepted.
On Feb. 1, the trustees approved:
• The sale of dedication pavers for the Veterans Memorial.
• An agreement for 50+1 Public Policy Initiative of New Richmond, Ohio, to provide assistance with grant funding.
• Spending $17,482 to replace gutters and downspouts for the Aquatic Center and the Township Hall.
• Seeking a replacement full-time public works laborer.
• Spending $13,830.69 to repair a snowplow truck.
During the Feb. 15 meeting, the trustees:
• Gave consensus to proceed with phase one of the Bale Kenyon project.
• Approved Columbus Pool Management’s bid for managing the North Orange Aquatic Center for the next three years at a cost of $359,802.
• Approved Double Z Construction Company’s bid for phase three of the Lewis Center Trail at a cost of $443,836.60. Due to timing, $300,000 was advanced from the General Fund to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trails Grant Fund; as well as $25,000 to the Recreation Trails Grant Fund. The project is being paid for from grant funds, but they have not been received yet.
• Requested assistance from the county engineer regarding Olentangy Crossing East. The township is looking into “adding a double left turn lane from Olentangy Crossing East westbound onto U.S. 23,” the minutes said. “Also inquiring about the potential for a crosswalk.”
• Corrected resolution numbers from the Nov. 21, 2022, minutes.
• Renewed its electric aggregation program, which was to expire on April 9.
• Went into executive session before adjourning. “The executive session is necessary to protect the interests of the applicant or the possible investment or expenditure of public funds to be made in connection with the proposed economic development project,” the minutes said. There was also a zoning hearing.
For more information, visit www.orangetwp.org.
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