Road program

Jackson Township provided an update on its 2021 road program. This photo shows work underway in 2020 in the township.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Work is progressing on Jackson Township’s road maintenance program for the summer.

Greg Vogt, chairman of the Jackson Township trustees, provided an overview at the July 6 meeting.

“They finished cracked-sealing on Monday, June 28,” Vogt said. “That is completed in our township.”

As part of a separate project, Vogt said he had spoken with The Shelly Company about chip seal work in the township.

“They are thinking, as far as the schedule, the first part of August,” Vogt reported.

After much discussion and consideration, trustees voted 3-0 on June 15 to accept the bid by the Shelly Company. Its bid was $545.73 lower than one submitted by Allied Construction. Shelly's bid was $74,828.03 and Allied's was $75,373.76, according to information presented at the meeting.

At the July 6 meeting, Trustee Mark Wright said that township roads “are ready to go whenever they are ready.”

The crack sealing was with Black Cat Asphalt Sealing of Fredericktown, Ohio.

Trustees voted 3-0 at their May 4 meeting to hire Black Cat for work involving what was estimated as a 3/4-mile stretch of Roush Road from Bowman Street Road to Richland Run Road.

“Also, Smiley from Plymouth-Springmill to State Route 96,” Vogt said after the July 6 meeting. “Also Laser Road from Bowman Street to State Route 96.”

As far as the chip seal work, Vogt in an interview earlier in June explained what the work would entail.

"This is chip-seal for Stein and Stiving and Boyce Road," he said in summarizing the project highlights.

"It's all of Stiving from State Route 39 all of the way to the Sharon Township line," Chairman Vogt added. "And then Stein from Rock Road to the Sharon Township line (and) Boyce Road from Bowman Street to the Franklin Township line."

In other road-related business on July 6, Jackson Township Road Superintendent Kurt Stumbo presented his report, highlighting the numerous projects his department has completed.

They included removing storm debris, tilling up areas, adding new tile and planting grass, installing new road name signs and various mowing work along places such as township roadways and cemeteries.

In addition, maintenance work is planned for the township’s Freightliner vehicle. This involves an alignment for the truck, Stumbo reported. The estimated cost is $300 to $600. “The steering wheel is crooked,” Stumbo said.

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