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Jerusalem Twp. breaks ground on sports complex
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 16:00

Jerusalem Township officials broke ground last week on a long planned sports complex.

Trustee Joe Kiss said the township has been discussing the construction of a new sports and recreation facility for the last several years.

“We finally got it together,” said Kiss. It’s exciting that we actually got it going and started it as opposed to just talking about it. We finally made it happen.”

The site, behind Jerusalem Elementary School on Yondota Road, will feature two baseball diamonds and two soccer fields, said Kiss.

“We just finished installing the underground tile for drainage, and we got all the stone and drains in,” said Kiss.

Jerusalem Township is part of the Oregon City Schools District. Two schools in the district - Eisenhower Middle School and Jerusalem Elementary School - are located in the township, where township athletes have practiced and played.

 
Lake Twp. - CSX wants t close crossing to traffic
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:29

The top management of CSX Corp. wants to close Walbridge Road at a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road, the Lake Township trustees were informed Tuesday.

Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for the rail company, told the trustees there have been several near hits between vehicles and trains at the crossing and the company’s chief executive officer wants to proceed with having the road closed to traffic.

One of the near hits occurred while a representative of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio was on the site, Gilsdorf told the trustees, adding the company’s plans have the tentative backing of the commission.

“We do hold the deed to the land around that area,” he said.

One option would be for CSX to vacate part of the road, Gilsdorf said, and have it become privately owned by adjacent property owners. If a private road was established, CSX could install gates that were controlled remotely by the railroad because there is no yard master stationed at nearby Stanley Yard.

For the township’s emergency vehicles to have access to the crossing, a special phone line would be installed, linking township authorities to the yardmaster at the Walbridge Yard who could open the gates by remote control.

 
Jerusalem Twp. - New refuse contract to save township $40,000
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:53

Jerusalem Township Trustees recently approved a refuse collection contract with Fondessy Enterprises Inc., a cost cutting move that will save the township tens of thousands of dollars per year.

The township’s previous contract was with Waste Management. When it came time to renew the contract, costs were just too steep, said Trustee Joe Kiss.

“We were paying almost $4,000 per month more than we needed to on garbage,” said Kiss.

The township had been paying Waste Management approximately $9,300 per month for garbage pickup services, he said. “We’ve been with Waste Management for over eight years. Trustees decided to look at the refuse contract and we thought it was very high. We were being charged so much per household, and we have 1,300 households in the township.”

With the recession in the last couple of years negatively affecting the housing market, Kiss said he knew all 1,300 households were not using the service.

“We have about 100 or more households that are vacant,” he said.

He decided to follow the garbage trucks for two consecutive weeks to determine how many houses were getting their garbage picked up, he said.

 
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