Twinsburg Twp. lands state grants for road projects

KEN LAHMERS
Correspondent
Kent Weeklies

TWINSBURG TWP. – Township Administrator Rob Kagler delivered some good news to trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting – state funding is forthcoming for several road projects.

He said the Ohio Public Works Commission recently OK’d about $590,000 for Twinsburg Heights Phases 16-17 and $400,000 for work in Ridgetop Estates and the Reserve at Kensington.

Phases 16-17 will involve the west and east blocks of Case Street. The township will receive $290,413 for Phase 16, the estimated cost of which is $823,431; and $299,999 for Phase 17, the estimated cost of which is $936,383.

The other projects are the northern half of Ridgetop Drive in Ridgetop Estates and St. Mikala Court and Darien Lane north of the roundabout in the Reserve at Kensington. Those projects are estimated to cost slightly more than $700,000.

Kagler pointed out the proposed projects will depend on whether local funding is available for the remaining cost.

Meanwhile, Kagler said work is continuing on Heights Phases 14-15, which include the dead-end blocks of Rugby and Buchtell streets. Tri-Mor Corp. is doing the work at a cost of $1.2 million, all of which is township money.

“There was a delay with the Phases 14-15 project because a gas line, which was installed in the wrong place along Rugby Street, had to be relocated,” Kagler explained.

Design work for Heights Phases 18-20 began in 2019 and is almost completed, with that project almost ready to submit for state funding. Those phases involve three blocks of Stanford Street and the southern portions of Harvard and Yale.

Kagler said this year’s concrete road work has been completed, asphalt resurfacing projects are under way and road rejuvenation projects on several streets will start soon.

In other business, trustees approved paying an additional $6,597 toward the purchase of a 2020 Ford F-350 4x4 truck. The initial truck purchase at $35,072 through the Community University Education Purchasing Association was OK’d in July.

Kagler reported the truck purchase and some Township Hall lobby renovations will be paid for from the township’s share of CARES Act funds related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trustees OK’d placing several special assessments on residents’ and/or businesses’ next property tax duplicates.

Trustees adjusted the 2020 appropriations, which show a decrease of $41,288. They also approved paying 2020 obligations of $99,887 and then and now commitments of $1,889.

Kagler reported the zoning commission heard an informal request from the majority owner of 100 acres in the interchange mixed use district to allow warehousing and distribution centers as a permitted use in the zoning code.

He noted a conceptual development plan also was presented for that 40 acres in the township and 60 acres in the city bounded by Hadden Road, I-480, Route 91 and the Crown Hill Cemetery. A formal application will be on a future agenda.

Kagler said officials will look at what additional types of notices can be sent to residents via the Instant Connect notification system. He encouraged all residents to sign up to receive the notices.

Kagler said Township Hall remains closed to the public, and residents cannot attend trustees’ meetings, but can view them via live-streaming on the township’s website. He added the next branch pickup will start the week of Sept. 14.

Upcoming township meetings are as follows: Sept. 1 – water district trustees at 6 p.m. and Joint Economic Development District board at 7 p.m.; and Sept. 9 – trustees at 6:30 p.m. Township offices will be closed Sept. 7 (Labor Day).

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