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Prairie Township strikes deal with Waffle House?
If one thing can stand in the way of South Grener Phase III and demolition of the Hometown Inn property from staying on schedule, it just might be the Waffle House.
According to Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker, the Waffle House owns a parking easement which overlaps with a portion of the Hometown Inn parking lot.
The township has been in negotiations with the Waffle House, hoping to procure the property and stay on the June 1 deadline for the project.
“The township has been working with Waffle House since the beginning of the year to have that easement released, so we may proceed with the project,” Hatmaker said.
Waffle House has named a price tag of $57,355 for the acquisition of the easement rights. At the recommendation of their attorney, the township agreed to accept this offer at the May 18 Board of Trustees meeting. The township aims to have paperwork finalized and executed at a May 27 special meeting.
The cost for the acquisition rights will be covered by the grant money already secured through the Mid-Ohio Public Works Commission grant, which the South Grener Avenue project is funded through.
Additionally, the township has drafted a letter to the budget commission concerning $168,761 which risks being lost to the road improvement project.
After appropriating funds for the project last year, the account was closed in error and that amount had not carried over to the 2011 budget.
Hatmaker said the letter is asking the budget commission to have the remaining amount of last year’s purchase order added to 2011s revenue.
The contract between Prairie Township and Decker Construction states the South Grener Phase III project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31.
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