Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Plant Sale Open

(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.

    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.


    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:…

    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 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.

    Theft Activity

    Blendon Township and areas of Westerville are witnessing a large amount of thefts from cars. Unknown suspects are entering unlocked cars and removing items. The suspects are also breaking windows to enter cars. Please keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Never keep valuable items in your cars.

    SWACO Creates New E-Waste Diversion Program




    (Columbus, Ohio) February 17, 2016 -- E-waste is the largest growing waste sector in the United States. Cell phones, computers, TVs, iPods, Android tablets, stereos, appliances, and other electronic devices are being discarded at an increasing rate as technology continues to improve. Electronic devices typically contain highly recyclable materials including valuable metals. In response to that growing trend, SWACO has created a new E-Waste Diversion Program for use by local governments and school districts within the Solid Waste District to environmentally dispose of e-waste in order to better safeguard the health of Franklin County residents and families, as well as provide for the safety of our limited natural environment.


    “SWACO is focused on creating common sense approaches to increasing recycling and diversion that benefit the families, residents, businesses and government partners in our District,” said Ty Marsh, SWACO’s Executive Director.  “Increasing e-waste recycling is one way we’re being innovative to generate economic activity and create jobs in an already thriving industry.”


    According to the Institute for Local Self Reliance, “Recycling generates economic activity and creates 10 jobs for every one job at a landfill.”


    SWACO’s E-Waste Diversion Program is open to all Franklin County government entities including county agencies and all of the cities, villages, townships and school districts in the County. To oversee the operation of the program, SWACO has contracted with Southeastern Data for the collection and processing of e-waste generated by those communities, and also executed contracts with both Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus for community e-waste collection events. Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus were selected as the result of a competitive bidding process and for their dedication to recycling e-waste in an environmentally responsible manner and following proper recycling practices.


    The success of this new program will be measured on the number of government and school entities that elect to participate, in addition to the amount of e-waste removed from the solid waste stream.


    Michael Stubblebine, President of Southeastern Data, said the company was excited to be part of this joint venture. “SWACO was interested in developing an e-waste recycling program that was simple to use and available to all, similar to its popular Community Consortium Program. They, like we at Southeastern Data, hope to remove as much e-waste as possible from the solid waste disposal stream and to recycle it in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner. We are proud to be a part of that mission.”


    “We are delighted to expand our e-waste recycling program in Columbus through this partnership with SWACO, and are honored to be selected to participate in this vitally important sustainability effort,” said Goodwill Columbus President and CEO Margie Pizzuti. “Last year Goodwill helped to divert more than 1 million pounds of e-waste from landfills through grass-roots, community-based drives, and we are eager to assist Franklin County citizens to dispose of their e-waste responsibly, as a preferred SWACO partner. Goodwill has a longstanding and recognized history as a ‘recycling powerhouse,’ by diverting an additional 7.5 million pounds of waste from landfills through our donated goods retail stores, attended donation centers and other recycling efforts.”


    “Goodwill is good for our planet and great for our clients with disabilities and other barriers, as we transform their lives through pathways to independence and the power of work,” said Pizzuti.


    Participation in the program provides the forty-one eligible local communities as well as the school districts in the County with cost-effective solutions to their e-waste disposal needs by leveraging SWACO’s existing agreements with Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus.


    Franklin County governments or school districts interested in participating in the program, can go online to enroll at or by calling 614-801-6408.


    Residents and businesses located within the county who are interested in safely and sustainably disposing of their e-waste, should visit for available information.