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MELISSA MACKEY

Staff Writer

Liberty Township is one step closer to having more bike path connections following the Monday approval of an engineering proposal with Columbus-based Cardno ENTRIX.

The consulting firm will assist the township with design plans and right-of-way acquisition needed to complete the project for fees of up to $4,700, said township administrator Dave Anderson.

The segments of planned bike trail are along Liberty Road with 2,850 feet of path from Silver Leaf Drive to Liberty Middle School and 165 feet of path from the township’s fire station No. 322 to Brewster Lane.

Once the designs are complete the township’s in-house road crews will conduct the work, totaling about $14,000 for the 9-feet wide, crushed stone trails. Once work on the paths begin, it should be complete in 4 to 6 weeks, township officials have said.

The expected material costs for the Silver Leaf Drive to Liberty Middle School path is expected to cost about $11,160. The fire station No. 322 to Brewster Lane path will cost $646.14 in materials.

Township trustees originally agreed to go ahead with completing the segments of trail at a meeting in July. Other possible projects considered by the trustees at the time included 1,450 feet of path from Salisbury Drive to St. Joan of Arc Church on Liberty Road, 2,400 feet of path on Seldom Seen Road from Sawmill Parkway to Wayne Brown Drive, and 2,500 feet of path on Sawmill Parkway from Hyatts Road South to the existing path stub.

Trustees on Monday also approved the purchase of a $3,991.10 rapid deployment boat for water rescue for the Liberty Township Fire Department. The boat folds up to the size of a small suitcase and fits onto the fire trucks, but can deploy in about a minute for rapid rescues in the surrounding reservoirs, retention ponds and rivers, fire chief Tim Jensen told trustees.

In recent years, development has brought additional retention ponds to the township.

“I’m afraid at some point someone is going to end up in one of those,” Jensen said. “This will provide a little more rapid response.”

In other business, the trustees accepted the resignation of Lt. James Halas, effective Oct. 21. Halas submitted a retirement letter to the township on Oct. 8. He has served more than 21 years as a full-time firefighter, 10 years as a volunteer firefighter and three years as zoning inspector, as well as many years dating back to 1974 as a temporary laborer on the township’s road crew.

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