MORPC Air Quality Alert issued for July 19

On Air Quality Alert days, MORPC recommends taking the following actions to improve air quality:

•       Travel by carpooling, combining trips, riding COTA, bicycling, or walking to nearby destinations. MORPC can help you explore your commute options at www.gohiocommute.com or at (888) 742-RIDE.

•       Turn off your engine instead of idling your vehicle to cut down on vehicle emissions.

•       Avoid refueling your vehicle, or wait until dusk to refuel your vehicle. Filling up your tank when the daytime heat has diminished helps to reduce harmful ground-level ozone pollution.

•       Avoid topping off your tank at the gas station. Spilled gasoline pollutes the air when it evaporates.

•       Avoid mowing your lawn on an Air Quality Alert day. Longer grass in your yard is good for the air, as well as the lawn.

When everyone pitches in, our communities breathe better air. Visit airquality.morpc.org for more information. Sign up to receive daily forecasts or Air Quality Alert emails direct to your inbox here.

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Plant Sale Open

http://shop.franklinswcd.org/index.php?route=product/category&path=80

(Copied from FSWCD website)

2017 Tree and Plant Sale

Ordering is Now Open for the 2017 Tree & Plant Sale. 

Shop the categories to the left and order early as there may be limited quantities of some plants.  Last day to order will be April 10th.

Prefer to mail in an order form? A printable version can be found here.

Information regarding the pick-up dates/times and location can be found below.

  1. Pick up your order at Ohio Division of Wildlife (1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, 43215)
    • Friday, April 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or
    • Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to noon.
  2. Arrange for someone to pick up your tree-sale items for you if you are unavailable. Items from the tree sale that are not picked up during pick-up hours will be donated to local nonprofits at noon on May 4.
  3. It is important to plant bare root seedlings immediately. Do not leave them in your car or hot garage. Please read about proper tree planting on our Web site.
  4. Conservation-grade, bare root seedlings are generally small, so a large-capacity vehicle is not necessary.
  5. There are no refunds (unless a plant you ordered is unavailable)
  6. The species we sell (except for edible landscaping) will be native to Ohio and/or our neighboring states and may include native cultivars, but are not always native to Franklin County.  We do include native range maps (obtained from the NRCS PLANT Database) for all of our plant selections, so that you can make informed purchases. 
  7. Finally, feel free to contact us at 614-486-9613 if you have any further questions.

Smothers Road to Close over Hoover Reservoir

Smothers Road to Close over Hoover Reservoir

    Work is set to begin the rehabilitation project for the Smothers Road bridge in February 2017.  According to the Franklin County Engineer’s Office, the bridge closure is expected to begin mid-February and will reopen by the end of July 2017.  Work to relocate utility poles over the bridge was completed in November and December 2016.

    For more information on this project, please see the Franklin County Engineer’s Office website.

    DETOURS
    The posted detour route for westbound motorists on Smothers Road will follow Schott Road south to Walnut Street, west to Cubbage Road, south to Central College Road, west to Sunbury Road, and north to Smothers Road. Eastbound motorists will follow the same detour in the opposite direction.

    JEDZ Board Funds Fiber Project

    On January 23, 2017 the Blendon-Westerville JEDZ board met for their first quarterly meeting. During the meeting the board re-appointed Bryan Rhoads as Chairman, Julie Colley as Vice-Chair, Healther Linch as Treasurer, and Jason Bechtold as secretary to the board. The board authorized a budget for 2017 which includes funding a fiber optic project with the Blendon Township Trustees. The fiber project will all the township to offer fiber optic connections to businesses within the township. Businesses will also be able to connect to Westerville's data center which offers a variety of services.

    Signs

    Blendon Township would like to remind the community that all yard signs be displayed on private property. This would include the area inside a sidewalk or trail. Signs displayed in the right of way; tree lawn (between the sidewalk and the road), on a sidewalk or attached to street signs, light posts or utility poles will be removed and impounded by code enforcement officers

    Joint News Release- Target Traffic Enforcement

     

                   Joint News Release

    October 18, 2016 – The Blendon Township Police Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation continue to work together to make an intersection on the northeast side of Franklin County safer.

    ‘Target enforcement signs’ have now been installed in both directions of State Route 161 between Sunbury Road and State Route 3.

    The signs are one more way police and ODOT are trying to get folks to slow down and avoid distractions as they travel through the area via Interstate 270, Route 161 or local roads.

    In August, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released its list of the most dangerous intersections in Central Ohio. The intersection of State Route 161 and Buenos Aires Boulevard made the ‘top 20.’

    Blendon Township Chief of Police John Belford has been working, at meetings and on social media, with the neighbors who live near the intersection. “We are a small community with a big problem,” Belford said. “I was amazed at how fast ODOT was able to get resources here to help us. Our goal is to work in partnership with the State and with the local community to get this intersection back to an acceptable level of safety.” Belford said.

    The Blendon Township Police Department has also received a state enforcement grant that will be used for extra police officers on this section of roadway. The goal of the extra enforcement is to reduce crashes and get impaired drivers off the road. 

    ODOT shared with police that there is already a safety study underway for the State Route 161 and Buenos Aires intersection. That study will examine crash data, signage and pavement condition as well as other factors.

    While there is currently a ‘prepare to stop when flashing’ sign on Rt. 161 before the intersection, ODOT plans to upgrade and install additional signs at the intersection before the safety study is concluded. This includes adding a ‘signal ahead’ sign before drivers reach the Strawberry Farms/Buenos Aires intersection.  

    ODOT’s safety study and recommendations are expected to be completed by spring of next year.

     

    Contact: Chief John Belford, Blendon Township Police Department at (614) 882-8500 or Nancy Burton, ODOT District 6 Public Information at (740) 833-8063

    Rodents Information

    Have you seen a rat in your neighborhood? Several rats have been sighted throughout our neighborhoods this year. Education is one of our most important tools to keep them out of our area. Rats eat bird seed, cat and dog food, and trash laying in yards. We must keep our yards clear from debris and food in order to keep them out of our area. Visit the Blendon Township website for more information about rodents in our area.

    MOPRC ERH Program Provides Commuters a Free Ride Home

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) new Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program is offering commuters who experience an emergency at work a free ride home.  The program is designed to reduce transportation and cost barriers to individuals who carpool, vanpool, walk, bike or ride transit an alternative commute home due to illness, family emergency, or unexpected overtime. Click here to register or learn more about the program.

    More Joy 5K Run

    Calling all runners and walkers!! Register for the More Joy 5K Run taking place right here in Blendon Township on Saturday, August 27th. Posting the link to the registration page and a photo from last year's race to remind you of how much fun it was!! Our course is challenging but you'll find lots of neighbors urging you on to the finish line. We hold this run in memory of a neighbor, Jane Juergens, an avid runner who was sadly murdered while on a run. Proceeds go toward a memorial garden dedicated to her memory. Please commit today to take part in this dynamic community event. To REGISTER CLICK LINK:https://allsportsraces.redpodium.com/blendon-townships-more…

    2016 Heritage Day Celebration

    On August 27, 2016 we will have our second annual Heritage Day celebration in Blendon Township.

    • More Joy 5K Run- Begins at 8am. Located at Ridgewood Park
    • Senior Center Car Show- Begins at 10am. Located at the Blendon Township Senior Center
    • Old Fashioned Baseball Game
      • Join us at Ridgwood Park at 3pm for an old fashioned baseball game with the Ohio Village Muffins. We need team members to represent Blendon Township. Contact us at bryan.rhoads@blendontwp.org if interested.
    • Concert in the Park
      • Join us at Ridgwood Park from 6pm to 8pm for free music, food, and games. This final concert of the year will host the OSU Alumni Band.