By Dustin Ensinger
Before moving forward with a major road realignment project in Liberty Township, a gas main will need to be relocated.
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to pay for the relocation of a 6-inch Columbia Gas main to make way for the Home Road realignment project.
The project is expected to cost nearly $68,000, and the county is currently in negotiations with the property owner to cover part of the cost.
The county plans to break ground in 2015 on a project to realign Home Road west of U.S. 23. The $3 million project will relocate the Home Road-U.S. 23 intersection 400 feet to the south while also widening Home Road to four lanes. Turn lanes will also be added in the area.
Construction is expected to begin in June or July.
It is just one of $17.8 million worth of county road projects scheduled for 2015.
Suspension Alternative Program
The commissioners unanimously approved a grant application that will help pay the salary of a supervisor to monitor suspended students who take part in the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County’s senior chore program.
“Instead of just these students going home and doing nothing and getting into further trouble, they are assigned to the suspension alternative program,” said Rick Smith, fiscal coordinator for the Delaware County Juvenile Probate Court.
Seniors with household chores that need done can contract the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County to inquire about the program.
CCAO Legislative Program
As the County Commissioners Association of Ohio prepares its 2015 legislative agenda, the Delaware County commissioners are planning to weigh in with their thoughts.
“What I think we should focus on are the issue we feel handcuff county government from an Ohio Revised Code standpoint,” Commissioner Dennis Stapleton said.
“It would be nice if we had the same powers as municipalities,” Commissioner Ken O’Brien added.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.