Licking County Update for May 2017 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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April 27, 2017
May 2017 Edition

Since “April (rain and snow) showers bring May flowers” – I am anticipating a colorful and warm spring. (above) I am joined by Commissioners Rick Black and Duane Flowers on top the Administration Building – pointing to the tower restoration on our Historic Courthouse.
This month - on Sunday, May 14th we celebrate Mother‟s Day and we conclude the month with the three day Memorial Day weekend and the Olde Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Utica May 27th, 28th and 29th.
Note the Downtown Newark Association begins their season of “Final Fridays” from April to October. This Friday, April 28th “Sweets on the Square” (5p-8p) is planned and on Friday, May 26th “Food Truck Festival”. (For details check out DowntownNewarkAssociation on FaceBook or Instagram).
Also, this Saturday, April 29th the Land of Legend Barbershop Chorus at 7:00pm will be at the Midland presenting a tribute to The Music Man called “Trouble in Licking County”. And Saturday, May 13th at 2:00pm at The Midland it‟s the 1st annual “Newark Dancing with the Stars”. Tickets are on sale now.
The Primary Election is May 2nd and Both County Issues Deserve Your Support…
On Tuesday, May 2nd Polling Places in Licking County will be open from 6:30am till 7:30pm on Election Day. Questions - The phone number for the BOE is 740-670-5080. For further information check the official Licking County website - and click on Board of Elections.
Renewing the Levy for the Licking Park District Much Needed…
The Licking Park District has achieved much in its first five year (see the two stories later in this newsletter). About Licking Park District…Their mission is to acquire, manage, preserve, and conserve natural areas within Licking County, while protecting wildlife and local history in a manner that enriches our communities and provides access to diverse parks, educational opportunities, and health and wellness activities. The LPD manages over 1,600 acres of parkland on ten sites and over 40 miles of paved multi-use trails across Licking County. The Park District office, at Infirmary Mound Park, is accessed from Route 37. For more information contact the Licking Park District at 740-587-2535 or The Licking Park District, “Your 1,600 acre backyard!”
Approval of the Levy for 9-1-1 Services is Critical…
Locally, the County‟s 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center is the „community‟s lifeline‟ for Fire and EMS, and Law Enforcement!
Emergency staff dispatched over 102,963 emergency personnel and units in 2016. 24-hours a day, every day, 365-days a year County professionals are on duty not just dispatching but also providing instructions to callers in distress on situations such as CPR, child birth, amputation care, active shooter instructions, domestics, thefts, building fires, water rescues, and nearly any other emergency.
In addition the 9-1-1 County staff responds immediately to „emergency banners‟ from all local schools. Also, dispatching Air Medical Service as needed. Activating tornado sirens and monitoring adverse weather conditions and dispatching as needed to save lives and property. 9-1-1 Center staff, as well, notifies ODNR, Licking County EMA, HazMat Team and Dive Team, State Highway Patrol and numerous State Agencies and services.
For the first time, Licking County is asking voters to help fund 911 services on the upcoming May 2nd ballot. The Licking County Regional Communications Center (LCCRCC) answers calls for 19 Fire Departments, the Licking County Sheriff‟s Office, and many of the county‟s police departments including Newark and Utica. In January, the Licking County Commissioners voted to approve a five-year 1-mil levy to increase funding for the LCRCC. This levy is endorsed by The Newark Advocate, the Licking County Chamber of Commerce; and supported by the Licking County Chiefs of Police Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.
“An increase in calls and the need for modern technology to properly handle cell phone calls has put a strain on the budget,” Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb said. “County revenues are declining through the state budget process, and the 911 service is something the County cannot do without.” The LCRCC has been financed primarily by the Licking County general fund, a wireless
charge to cell phone customers, and agreements with some of the police departments using the service.
There are currently 21 dispatchers working at the Center who primarily assist callers in need of support from a local fire department. There are also currently 19 dispatchers, who work for the Licking County Sheriff‟s Office, that handle law enforcement-related calls and incidents within Licking County. The LCRCC receives approximately 110,000 emergency calls per year. Approximately 75 percent of the 911 calls received are from cell phones with the other 25 percent being landline calls.
“I urge voters to consider supporting the 911 Levy,” said Rob Montagnese, Licking Memorial Health Systems President & CEO. “The health and well-being of our community is at risk. We rely on a quick response from our first responders when we are in danger or injured. Supporting the levy will help maintain our peace of mind knowing the County has the best technology in place to ensure that quick, accurate and rapid response is insured.

Four 9-1-1 Dispatchers Honored for „Life Saving‟ Performance of their Duties

On April 20th the Licking County Commissioners honored four emergency dispatchers for
providing life-saving assistance in the course of their duties. In photo (l to r) Joey Pierce, Lisa Howard, Nate Bryan, Comm. Rick Black, Meredith Lamb, Comm. Tim Bubb and Comm. Duane Flowers.
Dispatcher Pierce was recognized for providing detailed mapping and directions using the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system, and provided real-time patient information to Newark Fire EMS. Dispatcher Howard provided life saving measures using the CAD and Emergency Medical Protocols that assisted in providing life-saving CPR to a caller during a cardiac arrest. Dispatcher Bryan for assisting a dispatcher in training during a 22-minute cardiac arrest by using CAD and Emergency Protocols to help the caller provide CPR. And Dispatcher Lamb for also using CAD and Emergency Protocols in assisting a caller in providing life-saving CPR during a cardiac arrest.

Amazon Open for Six Months and Still Hiring
The Amazon distribution center in Etna Township in Western Licking County continues to grow. The around the clock retail fulfillment operation stands at some 25-hundred works and they are searching for 500 more. Workers include computer specialists, robotics trouble-shooters, and warehouse pickers, stowers and packers. Security is tight for safety reasons and to protect the goods inside. Etna ships smaller items, basically microwave size and smaller by the millions.
Including Amazon‟s Obetz distribution center and three data centers, including one in New Albany in Licking County, the company now employees 4,600 in central Ohio. Amazon‟s Ohio investment also includes wind farms in the northwest quadrant of the State to help generate power for its operations.
At the recent Grand Opening I was honored to join Governor John Kasich and Etna Township Trustee John Carlisle in welcoming Amazon to our community.
The facility in Etna is four stories high with an 855-thousand square foot „foot print‟, which gives it some 3-million total square feet which is the equivalent of 60 football fields. Etna is one of 20 major Amazon distribution centers in the U.S. Christmas season employment at Etna likely will top 4-thousand.

Development and Major Construction Projects Countywide
Some two years of effort has landed a new industry in Heath at the Port Authority site. Ohio Pack is a joint U.S. and Japanese venture creating 66-jobs. The 135-thousand square foot manufacturing plant, on a 20-acre site on James Parkway, represents a $13-million investment in building and $12-million is machinery and equipment. Incentives from Heath and the Ohio Tax Credit Authority were instrumental, as were the efforts of Grow Licking County CIC and the Port Authority. The facility will specialize in flexible food packaging materials.
Final earthwork and paving to the entrance and exit ramps at the new $30-milliion Cherry Valley Route 16 interchange in west Newark is underway, with some traffic interruptions.
This as well as the new interchange at Mink Street and Route 161, and at I-70 and Route 310, will all be completed by yearend.
Work continues on both the exterior and interior renovation of the County‟s historic 1876 Courthouse. Tower restoration is some 90-percent complete. The plastic will be removed by early summer when painting is complete and the upper scaffolding will be removed to allow for roof replacement.
Led by the Robertson Construction Company, CEO Christian Robertson says, “I continue to be amazed by the precise and careful restoration construction being executed by Mid State Restoration Contractors out of Marion.
An internal elevator project is also underway. The entire project will be done by late fall 2017! (Below) Workers crane new materials at the 150-foot level of the tower. The restoration of the Clock Level is underway with the new Dome top to follow.

The final stages of street reconstruction on the sewer separation project in downtown are underway in the area of North Park Place and North Second Street on the Square.
In June the fourth „circular corner‟ at North Park Place and North Second Street will open.
Work on North Park Place will be complete by the end of summer.
* Remember – To support the businesses downtown!

Work continues on a new high rise student residential hall on the Newark Campus of The Ohio State University and Central Ohio Technical College. The Hall will have a capacity of 120-beds and events space for up to 300-people for special gatherings. This addition to our local Campus is an effort to meet the ever growing demand for student housing options for the hundreds who desire this smaller and more personal campus environment. It opens this fall.
The County East Main Street Annex is under renovation. This building at 65 East Main Street once housed Ohio Power‟s Offices and now houses the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA). Recently the County Maintenance and Law Library functions were relocated, and using the existing space and with added offices to the rear (see photo), the County‟s new Records and Archives Center will be added to the rear of the facility. Combining the CSEA and Records Center projects into an existing County building footprint represents a $3-million savings to taxpayers. The downtown location for the Records Center was a major achievement as well, being connected to the Domestic Relations Courthouse.

In Johnstown work is progressing on the new $20-million high school building, adjacent to the present high school complex. The District and the Ohio School Facilities Commission are working together on the funding package to provide modern and larger school facilities for this growing community in Licking County.

Licking Park District Purchases Land along the Licking River for a Canoe Launch and Parking Lot at Staddens Bridge
Using levy monies the Licking Park District (LPD) has purchased land on Staddens Bridge Road, east of Newark, for development of a canoe and kayak launch area and parking lot.
“The parking lot was chosen as the first part of this project in order to give easy access to the area that will be developed as the canoe and kayak launch area,” according to Licking County Park‟s Director Bob Williams.
For all Licking County residents and other canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts, this will be the second LPD launch area to the Licking River. The first is located south of Downtown Newark, within view of the Licking County Court House, at Riverview Preserve on Ohio Street. This new lot was completed on March 29th.
The Park District reminds users to always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when enjoying boating activities. Be sure to review Ohio Department of Natural Resources‟ (ODNR) Boating Rules and Regulations before starting out on any water adventure.
The mission of your Licking Park District is to acquire, manage, preserve, and conserve natural areas within Licking County, while protecting wildlife and local history in a manner that enriches our communities and provides access to diverse parks, educational opportunities, and health and wellness activities. The District manages over 1,600 acres of parkland on ten sites and over 40 miles of paved multi-use trails across Licking County. For more information contact the Licking Park District at 740-587-2535 or

Support the Historic County Jail Restoration‟s “Jail Break” Run-Walk Event on June 10th

The 2nd Annual Jail Break 5K Run & 1M Family Walk returns to downtown Newark, Saturday June 10th. The race course begins at the Licking County Historic Jail (46 S 3rd St, Newark, OH 43055), and continues throughout the downtown landscape, returning to the Historic Jail for the finish.
The Licking County Governmental Preservation Society is hosting the race as part of their ongoing 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. Any events conducted, such as the 5k, directly benefit this effort.
The cost per runner for the 5K is $30 (or $35 on race day). Participants interested in the 1M walk pay just $10. Everyone receives a free tour of the jail, and 5K Runners also receive a free race t-shirt. Registered Walkers, or Runners that want an additional t-shirt, can purchase one for $15.
See firsthand the exciting rejuvenations occurring in downtown Newark while enjoying a run or walk in support of those very efforts at the historic jail. Please join us 8:30am (Registration opens at 7:30am) Saturday morning June 10th and be part of the movement!
To register for the Event, please visit the following link: If you have additional questions about the race, please contact Nick Adams at 740-334-7773.


The Canal Market District (CMD) in downtown Newark is busily preparing to reopen for the 2017 market season. The farmers market reopens at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 5th, while the art and craft market reopens on Saturday, May 13th at 10:00 am. This will be the Canal Market District‟s second season, and organizers are hoping to build on 2016‟s success to continue making the District a destination for both locals and visitors to shop, eat, and listen to live music.
This year‟s farmers market features a majority of returning farmers, bakers,
and other food artisans from around the Central Ohio region. CMD is also adding a number of new businesses and products to the mix, including lima beans, locally made granola, and pancake mix.
Returning vendor Pam Roberts of Together We Grow Community Gardens is “very excited to be a vendor again at the Canal Market District Farmers Market!”
“We had such a great experience in the inaugural year and know this year is going to be even better,” she continued. We sell all types of delicious, chemical-free veggies, from arugula to zucchini. We're looking forward to seeing all of our previous customers and meeting lots of new ones!"
Live music on opening day will be provided by local musicians including Rich Folk and John Sayer. Licking County Soil and Water will be there to provide information to the public, as will the Midland Theater. Food trucks will also be onsite for those looking to grab a meal at the market.
The Canal Farmers Market is held Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tuesday markets run May 9th through the end of September, while Friday markets begin May 5th and continue until the end of October.
“Making this market accessible to everyone is at the core of what we want this farmers market to be,” said CMD Executive Director Jazz Glastra. “We‟ve done this from the very beginning, and it‟s part of the reason why the community has embraced this new market so well.”
The Canal Art and Craft Market takes place monthly from May through October. The season opens on May 13th, the day before Mother‟s Day, from 10 am to 3 pm. It will feature over 30 local crafters and artists. Products will include photography, glass art, homemade soaps and beauty products, jewelry, quilts, and more. Most of the products at the art and craft market are made in Licking County, and all are handmade and sold directly by the artist.
The Canal Market District consists of three covered market pavilions that provide a permanent home for markets and other
community events. It is located at 36 E Canal St in Newark. More information about the Canal Market District and both the farmers market and the art and craft market can be found on CMD‟s website at
 The Pataskala Farmer‟s Market returns in 2017 on Fridays. It begins Friday, June 2nd and will be held each Friday afternoon/evening from 4:00pm till 7:00pm. The location is the Veteran‟s Green at Main Street and Front Streets in downtown Pataskala.

Public Dedication of‟ Humphrey Dog Park‟ Set for May 6th

The community is invited to attend this dedication event at the County‟s “Dog Shelter and Adoption Center” at Hopewell Drive and State Route 13 in Heath. On Saturday, May 6th at 2:00pm family and special guests, as well as public officials and Dog Shelter supporters will gather to hear of a generous donation that makes this new addition possible. The effort is led by Animal Control Chief David Shellhouse and his excellent staff, making the facility even more dog and people friendly. In addition, families with dogs that were adopted from the Shelter are invited to bring along their „four legged‟ family members!

Park District to Kick-Off „Turn Your Screen Off‟ Week
Last year some 750 Licking County citizens attended the Outdoors Adventure to mark “Turn Your Screen Off” Week. Again this year, Licking Park District and several partnering organizations will join
millions of others, nationally, to encourage turning off televisions, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days and tune into the world around them. The County Park District invites you: families, individuals, and all ages, to join the kick-off celebration and the fun of Outdoor Adventures on Sunday, April 30, from 12-4 pm, at Infirmary Mound Park, Rt 37 South of Granville.
The goal of “Turn Your Screen Off” Week is to focus on what kids should really be doing to develop themselves physically, socially and academically. It is a chance for children, youth, and adults to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.
County Park visitors will be able to try canoeing and kayaking on Mirror Lake, a rock-climbing wall, the bounce house, and disc golf on a small course with the Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club, discs will be available to try the activity and for purchase. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) archery trailer will be at the park for those who want to test their target skills. A wide range of creative and educational activities--crafts, kites, “pet a horse,” and Yoga--will be offered by participating community organizations.
Participating organizations this year are: Ace Archers, Boy Scout Troop 4002, Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club, Dawes Arboretum, Granville Recreation Department, Granville Kiwanis, Granville Senior Center of Licking County, Licking County Health Department, Licking County Recycling, Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Horseman's Council, Restoring Light Yoga and others.

Interesting Happenings In and Around the County…
Thanks to the Murphy family and Mid-Ohio Development for their donation of the Newark Commerce Center, formerly the Newark Stove and later Roper Office Building on Union Street in Newark, to the CIC Newark Development Partners (NDP). This preserves an outstanding building and opens up new possibilities for the community. The NDP have named the facility the Herbert J. Murphy Jr. building in honor of his lifetime or dedication and philanthropy to the community.
Check out four great (short) videos on the Licking County Government website. Go to and on the front page at the lower left, click on the button “Watch our video tours”. The videos include a Welcome to Licking County, a piece on local Quality of Life, a video on Education and local Workforce, and one on Tourism. These were done in a combined project that also included videos for the City of Newark and the Licking County Chamber of Commerce. These website videos are designed to assist folks looking to move to Licking County or visit here. *In today‟s world community websites are often the first introduction to newcomers and visitors.
Congratulations to five involved and outstanding Licking County residents who will be inducted into the Licking County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 10th. They include…Lucy Ann Muncy, Martha Cotton, Veronica Sforza, Janice Smith and Sondra Knerr. The induction ceremony will be held at the new Middleton Senior Living complex in Granville.

Then on Wednesday, May 17th Sondra Knerr and Veronica Sforza have been selected to represent Licking County, and will be inducted into Central Ohio Senior Hall of Fame. That ceremony will take place at the Janis Center on the State Fairgrounds.
On Saturday May 13th the Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) will present their „Swinging with the HWE Big Band concert in the Reese Center on the Newark Campus. Featuring vocalist Felita LaRock the performance begins at 7:30pm.
The following weekend on Saturday, May 20th the HWE Big Band will play as part of the Granville Jazz Fest at the Reese Amphitheatre at the Newark Campus. Music starts at 12:30pm for this inaugural event featuring area school jazz ensembles. HWE‟s Big Band will play from 7:00 till 8”00pm.
Also, looking ahead, the Newark Jazz and Ribs Festival returns to the Canal Market District in downtown Newark on Saturday, July 15th. Music and food begins at Noon and the HWE Big Band will play beginning at 6:00pm in the Canal Market Reese Pavilion.
A couple of notes on upcoming events from the Licking County Historical Society (LCHS). On Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th they will host the Veteran‟s Park Flea Market. Contact the Society for a vendor‟s spot at a cost of $20 for 10-foot space, and $15 for LCHS members.
Also, in Saturday, June 10th the LCHS is hosting an Ohio-Erie Canal Bus Tour. It will leave Buckingham House in Veteran‟s Park in
Newark at 8:00am. They are now taking reservation at a cost of $40 per tickets, and $35 for LCHS members.
In January, new Licking County Prosecutor William Hayes established the Prosecutor‟s Service Award, “Top Cop of the Month.” All law enforcement officers in Licking County are eligible to receive this award. The first recipient of the Prosecutor‟s Service Award “Top Cop of the Month” in Licking County is awarded to Detective Steven Vanoy. Detective Vanoy is a 22 year veteran with the Newark Police, serving in the Detective Bureau, Homicide and Major Crimes Unit for 19 years.
In addition Prosecutor Hayes formed the first “Chaplains Service Program” in Licking County under his office. Retired Newark Police Detective Cliff Biggers, senior pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Coshocton, Ohio and Director of Staff and Community Relations, will serve as chaplain and coordinator for the program. The Chaplains Service Program will consist of Licking County area pastors/ministers, as Associate Chaplains from various faith denominations and churches. The Chaplains that took the “Chaplains Oath” are Pastor Cliff Biggers, Pastor Leanne Goff and Pastor Paul Reimer.
Starting Friday, May 27th and continuing through Sunday, 29th (Memorial Day weekend) the Licking Valley Heritage Society presents their spring Flint Ridge Knap-In. Flint Ridge Park is at 7091 Brownsville Road in Southeastern Licking County. Visitors can learn from craftsmen and artisans about making arrowheads, spears and stone tools. It is a beautiful site to explore and learn of the area‟s history and geology! The cost is $5 per carload of visitors, and touring the Flint Ridge Museum is free.
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Best Regards! … Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Commissioner