News from Kingston Township


KINGSTON NEWS

3RD QUARTER, AUGUST 2017

Chairman’s Chat

By Bill Shively, Trustees Chairman

Hello everyone! Ohio State Buckeye Football is just weeks away from kickoff. Let’s hope they can bring home a national championship this season.

Kingston Township will have an issue on the November ballot asking residents if they think the Trustees should spend more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) to construct a new Township Hall.

If passed, the Trustees plan to construct a new hall on the Township’s land on Carter’s Corner Road.

THIS IS NOT A NEW TAX OR TAX INCREASE.

The Trustees are asking for your approval to proceed with the building.

The cost to build a commercial type structure adequate for Township needs will be around three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000). The project will provide ample parking, bring us up to date on the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and provide a place for local events, meetings like 4H and voting. Nationwide Realty Investors will construct a new entrance roadway, parking, trails and a park including a shelter house with flush toilets. They will also provide for temporary, on-site sanitary treatment until the Township Hall and shelter house can be connected to the Northstar Sewer Plant in the future. The funds to construct the hall will come from Township farmland rent and a low interest loan from the USDA Rural Development Program. The current Township Hall is in need of many repairs and simply not adequate for what we will need in the near future. The ballot issue is a yes or no decision for each voter. For more information about the ballot issue, please contact any of the Trustees.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on the proposed roundabout they plan to build on State Route 61 at the intersection with State Route 656 and Wilson Road. You will find more information about the public meeting below in the newsletter.

The Trustees and representatives from the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a resident meeting to discuss watershed issues involving a proposed ditch petition for the Todd Street Road area of Kingston Township.

The meeting will be held at the Kilbourne United Methodist Church on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Now that the Township has a new snow plow truck and salt spreader, the Trustees plan to sell our International dump truck and Galion road grader.

These items will be advertised for sale, and bids will likely be opened at the October 3, 2017 Monthly Trustees Meeting. If anyone has questions or is interested in bidding on the items, please contact Road Superintendent Doug Crowl.

Wilson Road is scheduled to reopen at the end of this month; however, we are hearing that the reopening could be pushed back by one or two weeks into September. It will be nice to have the road open again. The improvements will be noticeable and will enhance public safety.

The Trustees have reapplied for funding to rebuild Blue Church Road from State Route 521 north to the turnaround by Interstate 71. Hopefully the project will be selected for funding this time. The Trustees have received a grant to replace road signs on curves and at intersections. This is great news.

This will put the Township in compliance with the new sign reflection requirements and make the roads safer.

On August 1, 2017, the Trustees voted to accept changes, recommended by the Zoning Commission, to the Zoning Resolution which will become effective on September 1, 2017. If you have questions regarding the changes, please contact the Zoning Office.

I would like to wish all Delaware County Fair 4H and FFA participants’ good luck with their projects this year! Also, I look forward to seeing all of you at the Kilbourne Festival on August 19th. I will be passing out candy from our International 300 tractor in the parade. If you have a question or concern, please contact me at 740-524-2333.

NEW TOWNSHIP HALL ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

Our Kingston Township Hall is in a very sad state.

There is no running potable water, septic system is inadequate and difficult to maintain. There are structural issues in the floor, roof, and in the addition. The square footage of the building and parking are inadequate for any meeting of substantial size. Even the Board of Elections will no longer allow us to vote there. The cost of renovations with necessary upgrades and land acquisition exceeds the cost of a conservative (but very functional) new building on land given to the Township by the Northstar developer.

Three years ago, Kingston Township placed a bond issue on the ballot to build a somewhat lavish and spacious Township Hall. This issue failed. In discussing this we heard that the Township does need a new hall, but nothing this fancy or expensive. Our new plan is a much simpler concept. It is a metal office building (like a Morton Building) of approximately 2,000 to 2,300 square feet. This building is far less expensive and will not require a bond issue.

No new taxes, no tax increase!

This November you will see a referendum on the ballot for a new Township Hall. This is NOT a bond issue. We can pay for this project with the rental income we are now getting from the farm land we received from Northstar. We have the land.

A substantial amount of infrastructure will be performed by Nationwide Reality Investors, at no cost to the Township. This includes the access road, bike paths, sewage treatment, etc.

Additionally, they will build a very nice picnic shelter with running water and restrooms. These actions are only required by the developer if we build a new Township Hall. We do nothing, they do nothing.

In October we will hold a special meeting on this topic. We will have some concept drawings. We will be happy to explain in detail all aspects of this project. Meanwhile I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to call or email me at your convenience. My phone is 740-965-1802, and my email is svolpe@kingstontwp.org. Thanks, Steve Volpe, Trustee.

KILBOURNE POST OFFICE TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY

The Kilbourne Post Office will permanently close on Friday, August 18, 2017. According to information posted, there will be a future community meeting to discuss mail options.

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