Licking County Update for June 2018 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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May 31, 2018
June 2018 Update
By Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb
Summer finally! The arrival of warm weather means it is also the season for family reunions, swimming, picnics and vacations.
Also, in less than three weeks we will see the longest „daylight‟ day of the year! Check out the information on the Master Gardeners including a summer planting column, educational opportunities and details on their Summer Garden Open House. I hope these Black-eyed Susans put you in a summer planting mood.
This month we celebrate Father‟s Day on Sunday, June 17th, so let the grilling begin! Newark‟s Strawberry Festival is this Friday through Sunday. The festival/carnival will be held on East Main Street from First Street out east to the bridge. And this weekend, June 1st and 2nd the National Road U.S. Route 40 Yard Sale will be held across Ohio.
The new Canal-Market District „Reese Pavilion‟ in downtown Newark is back in action with their twice weekly farmer‟s markets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00pm till 7:00pm.
Newark Mayor Jeff Hall‟s Summer Concert Series returns this year on Monday evenings at the Canal Market Plaza. On Monday evening, June 11th at 7:00pm it will be the Rocky Fork Band and on Monday evening, June 25th the Licking County 4-H Band will perform. Don‟t forget to display the colors‟ on Tuesday, June 14th Flag Day.
Also, for the second year in a row the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting our community. They will be stabled in downtown and on parade each day from Thursday, June 21st till Saturday, June 23rd. Titled as Newark‟s „Summerfest Celebration‟ there will be programs honoring our Hometown Heros in conjunction with the visit by the famous 8-house hitch. And that same weekend (June 22-23) some fifteen hundred bicyclists, as part of the GOBA Event, will be in town as part of a regional tour and camping overnight at the Newark Campus.
Time now for runners and walkers to register for the 3rd annual „Jail Break‟ 5-K run and 1-mile family walk in support of the restoration of the historic County Jail on South 3rd Street in downtown Newark.
This fun event is scheduled for Saturday morning, July 7th. The course begins and ends at the Historic Jail in restored downtown Newark. Early registration for the 5-K Run is
$25 and $30 day of the event, and includes a Race T-shirt and tour of the historic Jail. Participants interested in the 1-Mile walk pay just $10 and can purchase Race T-shirts.
Registration on Saturday, July 7th begins at 7:00am. We invite you to be part of the movement promoting on-going awareness and fund raising efforts in support of the Licking County Historic Jail. Since its opening in 1889, this jail has been an architectural gem in Licking County. It is the Licking County Governmental Preservation Society‟s sincere hope and desire to bring the Historic Jail new life through historically accurate renovations.
*Note – that same day Saturday, July 7th the Historic Jail site will host an „Honor the Uniform‟ event. Recognized will be both first responders and America‟s armed services. Save the date – more details to come.
Staddens Road Bridge Will Remain Closed with Replacement Planned
It appears that Staddens Road Bridge, located east of Newark in Madison Township and spanning the Licking River, was damaged beyond repair by a major log jam and high water related incident this past April.
Licking County Engineer Jared Knerr presented an engineering assessment by
Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects to the Licking County Commissioners) showing sections of the in-river pier on the north side of the bridge and supporting the bridge deck had failed. To quote the report, “it appears the cause for the pier „pile to cap‟ connection failure was from impact from large trees and debris”. The photo included shows the severe log jam that formed under the bridge supports during the high water period last month. The pier, which was recovered from the river after the debris was removed, had been sheared from its connection to the bridge I-beams and pushed downriver. Some of the sheared steel cap bolts were recovered and are seen in the included photo.
The County Engineering staff reports that the bridge, which dates to 1975, has a history of being a log and debris catcher. Quoting the Gannett Fleming Report, “The Licking River transports significant debris including large trees; and it is possible the other piles may have been compromised as a result of the debris flow and impact, and may be compromised with future storm events.”
The final assessment by Gannett Fleming reads as follows… “Based on the concerns observed while at the bridge site and the above referenced assessment, the Engineers strongly recommend that Staddens Road Bridge over the Licking River remain closed until a replacement structure can be designed and constructed.”
County Engineer Knerr, with the support of the Commissioners, is undertaking initial testing at the site to begin the design and engineering process for a replacement bridge. It appears that engineering, demolition and construction of a new bridge could cost
in the neighborhood of $2-million dollars. The County is also searching for possible sources of funding for the project.
Even if done as a design-build project a replacement bridge, at the earliest, completion would be more than a year away. Staddens Road at the bridge site will remain closed as a safety concern and detours are posted. More information will be available on the project after geotechnical research and hydraulic analysis is performed.
Planetarium - SciDome in Support of STEM Education About to Open at the Works
Opening on Saturday, June 9th is this new SciDome is at „The Works‟ at First and Scheidler Streets in downtown. This $2.1million addition to The Works will feature a planetarium with theatre seating for 60-plus guests.
This project is a joint effort by „The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology‟ and the Ohio State University at Newark. The SciDome will provide a complementary educational component to enhance The Works‟ amazing repertoire of STEM education.
The planetarium and multi-purpose science auditorium is a unique educational destination benefiting all Works visitors, members and area students. The SciDome consists of a 30-foot tilted dome for projection and 60
theatre-style seats for guests. Youth and adults from throughout the region will gain access to interdisciplinary programs, virtual learning opportunities and career-focused internships. The facility features a 30-foot tilted dome with 4K digital and NanoSeam technology for exception ease of viewing and clear projection.
The Saturday, June 9th Opening Event is from 9:00am till Noon for members, and from Noon to 5:00pm for FREE public tours. In addition, NASA‟s Voyager traveling display will be parked at the event for tours. To learn more visit or call 740-349-9277.
After the grand opening, the SciDome will be open for regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am till – 5:00 pm, with scheduled show times posted online as well as on a monitor outside the SciDome. Once open, visitors will be able to enjoy live planetarium shows and full-dome production films. Live planetarium shows will showcase the wonder of stars, constellations and nebulae; planets and our solar system; the life cycle of stars; and a rotating selection of astronomy and space science mini-experiences. Full-dome production shows will feature explorations of humankind from ancient Mesopotamia to modern space exploration; the science of light-speed; the Earth, moon and sun; and travel through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water.
The Works is the region‟s leader in out-of-school STEM education for pre-kindergarten through high school students, and provides teacher professional development across east central Ohio.
Featuring More Public Art in Licking County
The Series of Public Art in Licking County Continues featuring murals, sculptures, statues and paintings throughout our community. This month we will focus on a couple of murals in the famous Canal-Market District in downtown Newark.
In 2016 a colorful mural was added to the north side of the building just east of Canal and South Second Streets. It features a rendition of a historic Jewett Interurban „Street Car‟ made in Newark Ohio and pays tribute to the actual restored Jewett Car on display at „The Works‟ (in the block along Canal Street between Second and First Streets just south of downtown).
Included in the mural depiction is Guy Sitler who oversaw the project that was dedicated in 2001. And Don Howard who volunteered on this project and after the interurban was completed. Don was the care taker of the car until his passing. Don and Guy are in the uniforms in the center of the mural. The older man, in the hat exiting the car with a child, is Bernie Stockwell. Bernie was a close friend to Howard LeFevre and worked on the original concept and design for The Works. Bringing up the rear as conductor is Joe Bowden, who was the contractor for many of the Projects at The Works. And, of course, at the controls is Howard LeFevre the visionary leader of The Works, who is pictured as the engineer of the car in the mural.
A mural facing south on the building just east of the corner of South Third and Market Streets is this turn-of-the-century five man bicycle as depicted by muralist Curtis Goldstein.
Deputy Dawgz Compete in Annual Heart Chase
Heart Chase 2018 was held in Downtown Newark on Saturday, May 5th. Congratulations to all the participants including the Licking County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center‟s „Deputy Dawgz‟ team.
Representing Licking County Government is the team Deputy Dawgz‟ from County‟s Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. The team includes (l to r) –Tyler Moore, Bryant Stough, Kris White, Larry Williams, and Carmen Statzer. The most important part of the team (on leash) is „Buddy‟ the official Shelter Dog!
Heart Chase is a national fundraising effort by the American Heart Association (AHA). This annual event is a team sport that is both educational and competitive. The AHA is dedicated to creating healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Teams of from two to five people from dozens of local organizations participated. Licking County Commissioner Rick Black was on hand as the County team honorary coach and was handing out water to all the participants!
Licking County Residents Recycle Over 6.7 Million Pounds
During 2017 Licking County residents recycled 6,742,026 pounds of material. This number has continued to increase over the past three years. In 2015 over 4,000,000 pounds of recycling was collected with more than 5,000,000 pounds collected in 2016.
The Licking County Recycling Program provides over 120 recycling bins in 26 locations throughout Licking County. The bins are maintained by Rumpke Recycling Services. The Program accepts plastic bottles and jugs; juice and milk cartons; aluminum beverage cans; metal food cans; glass bottles and jars of any color; paper including newsprint, office, magazines, junk mail; and cardboard including food boxes and packing boxes.
Cardboard should be flattened prior to disposal to conserve space in the bins. No plastic bags should be placed in bins except in the case of shredded paper.
Please dispose of plastic grocery bags at local grocery stores and department stores which have recycling programs. No other materials should be placed in the recycling bins as it contaminates the material and may cause harm to recycling processing equipment or harm to employees.
These materials collected for recycling are processed and used to create new items. Plastic pop bottles can be made into carpeting or t-shirts. Plastic milk jugs or detergent bottles can be made into picnic tables or park benches. Aluminum can be made into baseball bats or new beverage cans. An aluminum can collected in a recycling bin can be processed into a new can and back on the shelf in approximately 60 days. It also takes 95 percent less energy to make a recycled can than a new can. Please contact the Licking County Recycling Program at 740-670-5125 for more information, or recycling locations.
Heisey Wind to Perform at July 3rd Newark Patriotic Event
*Just a quick „save the date‟ The Heisey Wind Ensemble will perform at 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 3rd on the Newark Campus at the Martha Grace Reese outdoor Amphitheatre.
The evening will be capped by fireworks. I look forward to the event and this year joining the HWE on stage as the narrator for the show. So get your picnic baskets ready for this star spangled event!
WoodmanLife with Major Donation of U.S. Flags for 2018
On May 10th the Licking County Commissioners were presented a generous gift from WoodmanLife. Representing the local office of the insurance and Investment Company, Wade Wetzel (third from the left) presented to Commissioners Flowers, Black and Bubb a collection of new American madeoutdoor U.S. Flags that will be displayed on the 1876 Courthouse downtown, and on the dozen or so County public buildings throughout the community.
 This includes new 12 by 18-foot large porch flags for the Historic Courthouse that will be displayed from Memorial Day to Labor Day this summer!
Also donated was the new flag topping the Courthouse Dome and just installed this past week as one of the final projects in the renovation of the 1876 Courthouse.
This gift of U. S. flags to the people of Licking County comes from the company‟s Central Ohio Chapter #1. These heavy duty outdoor flags were manufactured in Coshocton.
WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 and is a not-for-profit, member own, organization. Central Ohio Chapter #1 members are encouraged to be active in supporting the communities that they live and work in. Wetzel says they are, “very happy to be able to provide all the U.S. Flags for the Licking County Courthouse and the other county facilities”.
Licking County Senior Hall of Face Honors Four Residents
Congratulations to the 2018 inductees into the Licking County Senior Hall of Fame. I was joined by County Commissioner Rick Black and Newark Mayor Jeff Hall at Middletown House in Granville for the ceremonies.
(Photo – l to r – Mary Lindsey, Lucy Muncy, Pat and Bill Weaver, Mayor Hall, and Commissioners Bubb and Black)
Lucy Muncy, who has been involved in community service for many years, was nominated by her friend Evelyn Jimines. It was noted Muncy is involved in several local seniors clubs, and supports the Food Pantry. She is a lover of flowers and gladly shares her 360 piece angel collection.
Mary Lindsey, while only a Licking County resident for six years, was nominated by Amy Bunyard. She has contributed over 500 hours as a volunteer in various activities and received the County Aging Program‟s „Community Service Award‟.
Bill and Pat Weaver were nominated by Rebecca Hampton. In addition to Licking County were also inducted in the Central Area Agency on Aging „Hall of Fame‟. The Weavers have for most of their adult lives been deeply involved in their community and their church, and helping countless people along the way. Bill is best known as a teacher, and he and Pat together do much to encourage interest in the County‟s historical treasurers.
Master Gardeners Update for June
 Save the Date – The Master Gardeners Annual Demonstration Garden Open House will be on Saturday, July 21 from 10:00am till 2:00pm. The Open House is free and open to the public. Planning includes music, food and games for the kids. The Garden is near the County Ag Building at 771 East Main Street in Newark.
A FREE series on Vegetable Gardening is being offered through September. The location is the OSU Cooperative Extension Office in the County Ag Building at 771 East Main Street in East Newark. Below is the list of programs – no registration is needed to attend.
For details visit www.Licking.OSU.Edu or e-mail Program Coordinator Lori Swihart at Swihart.33@OSU.Edu or call her at 740-670-5322.
Upcoming programs include…
Saturday, June 23, 9:30-11:00 AM
Harvesting Vegetables, Herbs, and Planting for Late Crops
Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Open House at Learning Gardens
Saturday, August 25, 9:30-11:00 AM
Tomato Tasting, Seed Saving
Saturday, September 22, 9:30-11:00 AM
Putting the Garden to Rest
Feature - Summer Planting - Submitted by Rosamary Amiet, Licking County Master Gardener Volunteer
Now that planting season is finally here, don‟t forget to include some summer bulbs on your planting list. Most often when we think of bulbs, we think of spring bloomers such as tulips and daffodils. And, the term “bulb” is a term given to plants that have fleshy underground storage structures, and includes tubers, corms and rhizomes.
Planting summer bulbs now can give you a burst of color in your planting beds summer through frost, often when other perennials have stopped blooming and make great container plants. Summer bulb varieties can be annual (not hardy in our zone, 5a or 6b) or perennial (plant now for color year after year). Annual summer flowering bulbs include Canna Lilies (Canna generalis), Dahlias (Dahlia hortensis), and Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta). Anemones or Windflowers (Anemone) and Lilies (Lilium) are examples of perennial bulbs.
Try Cannas to add great color and height. They require full sun and can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked up, after the final frost. Cannas also add great vertical interest to your containers. Dig cannas after the first frost; store inside out of the sunlight in a heated garage or basement.
Dahlias, also annual bulbs, come in a multitude of varieties, sizes, and colors; they are excellent for bouquets. Plant in full sun in soil that has been amended. Dig Dahlias before the first frost, clean the dirt from the tubers and store in labeled paper bags with a small amount of sawdust or peat.
Elephant Ears are very popular right now and work well in shade gardens and containers. Plant the bulb with the concentric circles up in a pot indoors about three to four weeks before the planting season, if possible, as it takes that long for roots to develop. Dig one foot around Elephant Ear bulbs, trim off the foliage, carefully clean off
the bulb, and store in a basement or heated garage.
Don‟t want to dig and store summer bulbs? Choose ones that can be left in the ground. Anemones are perennials and add color and interest mid to late summer until frost. Wispy, dainty flowers appear to dance above other flowers and are great for borders and bouquets. For best results, soak anemone bulbs for a few hours in lukewarm water while you prepare the planting area. Plant about two to three inches down and cover with loose soil and water well.
You may already have lilies, but most likely these are Daylilies, plants grown from roots, not bulbs. Lily bulb varieties include, but are not limited to, Asiatic, American, and Oriental. Plant several varieties for varying colors, heights, and textures in the garden. Plant about three bulbs per square foot, six inches deep and water well. Bulbs planted the first year will bloom in about 100-120 days.
Choose two or three summer flowering bulbs this year and get started now for a summer of color that lasts until frost!
Submitted by Rosamary Amiet, Licking County Master Gardener Volunteer
Robbins Hunter Museum Displays Historical Dress in New Exhibit “Ordinary & Extraordinary: Victorian Undergarments 1860 - 1880”
The Robbins Hunter Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Ordinary & Extraordinary: Victorian Undergarments 1860 - 1880, on view through December 29, 2018. Curated by
Elizabeth Miller, the exhibit features the museum‟s collection of mid nineteenth century undergarments, and explores the fashion history, garment design and construction techniques of the Victorian era. This exhibit includes garments on loan from The Ohio History Connection as well as The Granville Historical Society.
Pairing the garments with letters, photographs and documents from the Devenney family and Licking County history, Miller brings to life the way in which these garments were made and worn, and in doing so offers a unique glimpse into the lives of these two sisters and their experience of life in Granville in the 1860s.
Miller, a Granville local, combines her knowledge of textiles with a passion for costume history. Starting her career in fashion, she graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York, followed by a B.S. in Textile Design and a M.S. in Textile Technology. Her design and technical background affords Miller a distinct perspective on both the aesthetic and intricate detail of Victorian dress.
The Robbins Hunter Museum is a historic house museum furnished with 18th and 19th century decorative arts acquired by the original owners, as well as collectors tied to the house over its long history. The museum is located at 221 East Broadway, Granville, Ohio. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 1 pm - 4 pm.
If you would like more information about the exhibit, please visit
Upcoming Events…
At 6:30pm the evening of Thursday, June 7th a Town Hall Meeting on Addiction and Recovery will be held at Newark High School. Speakers include Scott Fulton the Director of the County‟s Adult Court Services, Kay Spergel of Mental Health and Recovery, Jim Takacs of Licking County Alcohol Prevention, Heath Bechler of Recovery Village and Patricia Perry of the Addict‟s Parent United. The Town Hall is sponsored by the Think Tank on Poverty and the Newark City Schools. The public urged to attend and learn about this critical topic in our community.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 402) is offering Free Airplane Rides for youngsters ages 8 through 17-years. The Young Eagles Flights will be offered on June 9th from 9:00am till Noon at the Licking County – Newark-Heath Airport on Heath Road in Heath. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to the airport for this event to sign for permission and to sign a release. Their goal is to foster interest in aviation with area young people.
A popular Pataskala area event returns in early July, the West Licking Historical Society‟s „Scenic Garden Tour‟. It will be held Saturday, July 14th from 1:00pm till 5:00pm and feature an interesting variety of sites.
Tickets: Pre-tour: Donation $12/person, Day-of-tour: Donation $15/person, Children 6 & under: Free
Tickets, map, and site information available June 1 through July 13 at: all branches of The Pataskala Banking Company, Park National Bank in Pataskala Krogers, Bremen Banking Center in Pataskala and Depot Street Coffeehouse in Pataskala. Or call (614) 562-2411.
On Saturday, June 23rd you can enjoy FREE - Heath‟s „Taste of Summer‟ event at the Davis Shai House. Presented by The Heath Arts Council the event runs from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and features a Beer Garden, Food Trucks, a Kid‟s Area, and Custom Car and Truck Show. The band „Off the Hook‟ will perform live with classic 80‟s and 90‟s rock. For details call 740-788-8942.
This Saturday, June 2, the Licking County Health Department (LCHD) invites Licking County residents to our Change Gears: Ride a Bike event. LCHD staff will be on-site at three check-in locations in Licking County from 8:00 am until 12:00 Noon.
This free community bike ride welcomes families, individuals and children to ride on Licking County bike trails. The event is an open ride, so you may choose your own distance and pace. Free helmets and healthy snacks will be available at all three locations.
Ride in and visit us at three check-in locations!
1. Newark: at the Newark campus of Central Ohio Technical College and the Ohio State University at Newark – near Warner Center parking lot.
2. Johnstown: at the west end of the T.J. Evans Trail, on Jersey Street.
3. Hanover: at Marne United Methodist Church. (It is the most family friendly location with less traffic and level terrain.)
There is no cost to participate, so join in on the fun! Riders are asked to register online at You will also be able to register on-site the morning of the event.
The Licking County Mental Health Association is sponsoring their annual „Lou Mitchell Memorial Golf Outing for Suicide Prevention‟. It will be on Monday, July 23rd at Denison Golf Club on Newark-Granville Road. For sponsorship information or to register a team call (740) 522-1341.
Soil and Water District – Upcoming 2018 Programming
Conservation Learning Series - Register Today.
--Tuesday, July 10: DIY Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens
--Sunday, July 15: Stream Team at Lobdell Reserve
--Tuesday, August 14: DIY Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens
--Wednesday, August 22: Stream Team at Taft Reserve
--Tuesday, September 18: Stream Team at Riverview Preserve
Learn more and Register here.
--Saturday June 23: Macroinvertebrate Investigation at Licking Park District‟s Youth Fishing Day (Granville)
--Monday, July 2: Stream Table at Star Spangled Celebration (Heath)
--Tuesday, July 3: Stream Study at Goodwill Summer Camp (Newark)
--Wednesday, July 4: Wear Darrel the Rain Barrel costume for 4th of July Parade (Granville)
Learn about more VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, or contact Denise at 740-670-5330, Visit OUR WEBSITE and FACEBOOK page for more events and programs.
Congratulations to the leadership in the Village of Alexandria for a positive campaign recently encouraging residents to vote to retain their village as a municipality and not de-incorporate. The voters overwhelmingly chose to retain their village status and stay in control of their decision making.
Alexandria Mayor Jim Jasper (photo right) is doing a great job communicating to his community, and from time to time does a „Spotlight on Local Heros”.
He offers this spotlight feature…
If you were living in Alexandria, in the mid 1960‟s to the early 1970‟s, graduating from Northridge High School and planning to leave home for the first time, you most likely either moved to a foxhole in Vietnam, or one of Bob Brown‟s rentals. I was fortunate to graduate in 1973, when President Nixon was withdrawing troops from Vietnam, so I rented a home from Bob Brown. I rented what had previously been the old
train station located on Depot Street; I have no idea how Bob got it from there to its East Main Street location, but he turned it into a beautiful home that I enjoyed for many years. Bob provided nice, well-maintained homes or apartments to many of us who were just out of school. Even though we had never established any credit history, he took a chance on us when most landlords wouldn‟t. By the way, sometime when I wasn‟t looking, he turned that house back into a train station and moved it to its current North Liberty Street location.
Bob Brown is the epitome of a self-made man; Bob was flipping houses before “flipping houses” was a term. He would buy an old home, completely renovate it, and then sell or rent it. I have no idea how many homes Mr. Brown renovated in Alexandria over the years, but I know our town looks much nicer than it ever would have if not for Bob‟s hard work. He also owned and operated my all-time favorite hardware store; it was in the building last occupied by Woodmaster. You could buy anything there, from a barrel spigot to a pound of nails, all at a reasonable price. There was a sign over the counter that read, “This ain‟t Burger King, so you take it my way or not at all!
Truth be known, the bark was far worse than the bite; Bob would figure out what you needed to get the job done, even if he had to go home with you and look at the job himself. Bob has served on village council and continues to serve on the cemetery board.
Recently, while trying to figure out the next step in finding the last of our water leaks, Water Superintendent Jack Liggett explained to me that we would have to locate, expose, and attach listening equipment to each curb valve at every house in town. Many of those valves have been covered for years! Jack also said that when Bob Brown served on council, Bob devoted a summer “on his own time” to locate and catalog every valve in town. When I asked Bob if he still had the catalogues, he said “sure, no problem” and handed me what I believe to be a priceless set of documents for our Village. This
and so much more makes Bob Brown a hero in my book. Come to think of it Bob, this ain‟t Burger King, keep doing it your way!
The Memorial Day weekend was a „red, white and blue‟ weekend for the historic 1876 Licking County Courthouse. The summertime porch flags are in place, the new U.S. Flag on the dome of the Courthouse has debuted, the evening LED lighting was beautiful „red, white and blue‟, and the Jay Barker Carillon featured patriotic music! This photo (above) is from the alley off South Park Place looking north!
I can be e-mailed at, and my desk phone number at the Commissioner‟s Office is 740-670-5118.
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Very Best … Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Commissioner