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Join us for our annual Halloween Party at Jefferson Community Park. We'll have hayrides, nocturnal animals from Ohio Nature Education, bonfire, games, story telling, haunted forest, and trick-or-treat trail (new this year!). Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the shelter house. 

Saturday, October 19 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. 
7494 Clark State Road

Summer Event Series 

This year's summer events provided tons of fun for everyone who attended! We served up nearly 21 gallons of Velvet ice cream at the Ice Cream Social in July. There were also 5 big trucks from our service and fire departments, old fashioned games, and the chance to add your hand print to a township snow plow!

The food at the Hog & Corn Roast in August was delicious! We had fresh local pork and sweet corn, and your Jefferson Township firefighters brought homemade cobbler. Plus, everyone enjoyed the picnic games like giant jenga, corn hole, and a water balloon toss! 

Check out some photos below! 
From top/left to bottom/right: Firefighters serving up cobbler; Checking out the old fashioned games; Adding a hand print to the snow plow blade; Enjoying delicious ice cream at the Ice Cream Social; Parks Board member Craig Richardson prepping corn on the cob, fresh from Doran's Farm Market; Families getting ready for the water balloon toss at the Hog & Corn Roast.

This Year's Road Maintenance

In early 2019, your Trustees approved over $600,000 in preventative maintenance and road resurfacing. In July, Havens Road from Mann Road to Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, and from Waggoner Road to Dixon Road received a chip seal application to extend the life of the flexible asphalt overlay done in 2016 and 2017. The project was estimated to cost $90,000, but came in well under budget. In August, several roads were repaired in preparation for resurfacing this fall. This month, 3.16 miles of roads are scheduled for resurfacing, including:
  • Almond Park Drive
  • Aly Dar Lane (between Unbridled and Chateaugay ways)
  • Ashcroft Drive
  • Birdsong Court
  • Goldeneye Drive
  • Jackson Hole Drive
  • Jefferson Way
  • Meadoway Court
  • Old Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road
  • Old Stone Way
  • Preble Drive
  • Unbridled Way (between Bold Forbes Court and Aly Dar Lane)
An additional 4.98 miles are scheduled for crack seal preventative maintenance. 

Fire Station Rain Garden

This summer, a rain garden was installed at the Jefferson Township Fire Station with help from graduate students from the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at Ohio State. This project was the definition of a group effort! Following the design laid out by the graduate students, the township service crew excavated and prepped the 2,054 square foot basin for planting. This included installing over 150 feet of underdrain pipe, a water control structure, and 66 tons of a special media designed to support plant growth while allowing water to pass through quickly. On the weekend of June 8 and 9, a group of volunteers including students and township residents, planted several thousand seedlings in half of the rain garden. Now that plants are in, the firefighters have taken over responsibility for watering the garden and have even added wildflower seeds to the banks. 

The second planting has been scheduled for October 5 from 1-4:30 p.m., and we're seeking volunteers once again! If you, your friends, or your neighbors are interested in helping plant, CLICK HERE to sign up. 

Interested in creating your own rain garden? 
Rain gardens are a great way for landowners to 1) reduce localized flooding, 2) beautify your landscape, and 3) create important habitat for pollinators and other species. The Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative (CORGI) can provide education and technical assistance to help with rain garden assessment, design, and planting plans. Plus, Jefferson Township residents are eligible for a $50 rebate towards native plants and trees, compost bin, or rain barrel by participating in the Community Backyards program (open through October 1). 
Our rain garden in progress! Visit the Jefferson Township Fire Station (6767 Havens Corners Road) to see this eco-friendly garden in person.

Salt Barn Upgrade

If you drive past the township service complex at 6620 Havens Corners Road, you may catch a glimpse of our new salt barn peaking up from behind the main building. It was built this summer to replace a circa 1980's wooden pole barn. The new barn is designed to hold roughly 350 tons of salt, which will ensure the Township never runs out in the middle of a prolonged snow storm. The taller opening will also allow delivery trucks to dump directly inside the structure. This will save the service crew from moving delivered salt inside, and let them get back to clearing the roads sooner! The project was completed at a total cost of approximately $165,000.  

Only Rain Down the Drain

Do you ever notice the storm drains along the side of the street as you’re driving? When it rains, water running off our roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots into our streets is directed into these storm drains and begins its journey to the nearest waterway. Often this is a direct journey, with the storm sewer running straight to a river or stream. Stormwater picks up oil, other automobile fluids, trash, fertilizer, and other pollutants, and in many areas then makes its way untreated into our streams. Even when this water passes through a pond or other stormwater feature, pollutants are not entirely removed and still end up in our waterways.

We swim, wade, kayak and fish in these rivers and streams. Moreover, the vast majority of people in the Columbus metropolitan area drink water taken from our rivers and streams. The more pollutants that go into our streams, the more money we have to spend to clean the water for drinking.  

Reducing pollution is everyone’s job.  Keeping stormwater from polluting our streams depends on all of us. Only rain should go down a storm drain. It’s not just a saying or a good idea. It's the law. What can we do to help?
  • Sweep grass clippings and lawn care products back onto the lawn.  
  • Pick up trash.
  • Wash your car at a commercial car wash.
  • Absorb and clean up and auto fluid spills.
  • Fix leaking automobiles.
  • Use drip pans to catch engine oil and other pollutants while repairing cars.
  • Recycle used motor oil.
  • Sweep driveways clean instead of hosing them down.
  • When walking your pet remember to pick up the waste.  
  • Record and report illegal dumping down storm drains.
  • Don't dump waste into storm drains.
  • Water your lawn by hand, or adjusted sprinklers to avoid over-watering. If any water flows off your lawn, you're using too much water.

What's Happening?

September 19: Zoning Commission, 7 p.m
September 25: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m.
October 1: Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m.
October 7: Parks Board, 7 p.m.
October 9: Board of Trustees, 3 p.m.

All meetings are held at the fire station and are subject to schedule changes and cancellations. 
Check for current information. 
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