Licking County Update for May 2018 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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May 02, 2018
May 2018 Update
From Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb

Let‟s start out this May Update with an invitation from Licking County Engineer Jared Knerr, and Commissioners Rick Black, Duane Flowers and Tim Bubb to attend a „Bridge Dedication Ceremony‟ at our local Boy Scout Camp – Camp Falling Rock on Friday, May 25th at Noon.
Pictured above is the former Seven Hills Road Bridge that was replaced by the County a few years ago with a modern bridge. This old bridge dating to the 1870‟s was dismantled and taken to the Ohio Bridge Company to be rehabbed. It was then trucked to and reassembled at the Scout Camp operated by the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This is the latest of three bridges relocated to the Camp for preservation.
Note – Licking County Law Day will be celebrated at the downtown 1876 Historic Courthouse this Monday, May 1st from 5:00pm till 7:00pm. A variety of programs and tours are planned. The public is invited to attend.
It is the Primary Election Season
Early voting at the Licking County Board of Elections (County Admin Building on the first floor – at 20 South Second Street in downtown Newark) is underway.
This week (April 30 thru May 6) their hours are 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday thru Friday.
Saturday, May 5 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Sunday, May 6 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Monday, May 7 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
On Primary Election Day, May 8, voting hours at all Licking County polling places are 6:30am to 7:30pm.
Downtown Street Section Completed
A sewer construction related closing and major inconvenience has been resolved with the Friday, April 27th reopening of North Third Street in downtown Newark, between Church and Locust Streets. The new street pavement and sidewalks are impressive, and this improves the flow of traffic from downtown to the north. Construction on West Church Street downtown between Third and Fourth Streets is expected to be complete in August.
2-Hour Parking Limit to be Enforcement Begins Next Week
According to the Downtown Development group the new 2-Hour parking enforcement plan will begin next week in designated areas of the downtown Newark business district. In a news release they said, “Starting the week of April 30th, parking enforcement in the Downtown will be underway. Two (2) Hour parking zones around the Square will be monitored and ticketed. A brochure is available explaining the Parking Program along with a map showing all 2-Hour Parking areas, as well as all of the available all day public parking options in the Downtown. The brochure is available to anyone who requests by sending an email to or they are available throughout the Downtown at various locations. The parking enforcement will be during weekdays from 7:30am till 5:00pm. All downtown Newark parking remains free, and the County Parking Garage on South 2nd Street is always free and available.
County Government Highlights…
On April 10th the Licking County Commissioners Rick Black, Duane Flowers and Tim Bubb were joined by Heath Mayor Mark Johns and Newark Mayor Jeff Hall in making two significant dedications at the County‟s „Newark-Heath‟ Airport. In conjunction with the County Airport Authority, the County Commissioners named the Terminal/Office complex in honor of John Haines. Haines served some 40-years on the Airport Board and still flies at age 85-years.
When the County Airport was relocated to its current Heath Road site he was among the first to remove trees and clear, what was then, a grass north-south runway. The award was for lifetime dedication.
In what was a surprise announcement to the awardee, the Airport itself was renamed the Newark-Heath Airport „Treneff Field‟ in honor of longtime volunteer and Board President Terrance „Terry‟ Treneff. Terry Treneff‟s lifetime achievements included thousands of hours as the Airport Board‟s President and visionary leader. He has worked tirelessly with his Board, consultants, the FAA and the Board of County Commissioners to make major improvements and updates to the Airport.

The Licking County Commissioners have appointed Troy Warnock to lead the County Department of Building Code Enforcement effective June 2nd. Warnock replaces longtime Building Code Administrator Jack Pryor who is retiring.
Warnock, a lifelong resident of Licking County, is well known in the builder community having served 16-years on the code enforcement staff as a residential plan reviewer, and conducting residential and commercial inspections.
Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers says, Warnock is fully qualified and will be successful as the County‟s „Building Code Official‟. He was awarded the 2007 Central Ohio Code Official of the
Year from the Central Ohio Code Official‟s Association, and the 2013 David E. Denison Award from the State of Ohio Board of Building Standards. He has also presented numerous continuing education courses throughout the State of Ohio.
A graduate of Lakewood High School, Warnock has earned degrees from Central Ohio Technical College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University, as well as certification as a Building Code Official by the State of Ohio.
The Licking County Commissioners have appointed a new Director for the Department of Recycling and Litter Prevention. Andrea Krava assumed the position on April 2nd. A resident of Baltimore (Ohio) and a graduate of Ohio State, with a degree in Natural Resources, she majored in Environmental Communication, Education and Interpretation. Krava is a Certified Heritage (Master) Interpreter. She previously served as a Naturalist at Columbus and Franklin County Metro from 1995 till 2018. Krava‟s background in education, communication and as a master interpreter are important as the success of the Recycling and Litter Prevention program is dependent on marketing of the environmental preservation and community aspects of this ongoing effort. The County‟s Recycling and Litter Prevention effort is funded by and is part of the four county Coshocton, Fairfield, Licking and Perry Counties (CFLP) Solid Waste District.
n the subject of the lighting possibilities for your 1876 County Courthouse downtown, allow me to share a little background and explain why we set a firm policy on how the new LED lighting will be used. Plans for the LED permanent lighting on the upper section of the Courthouse began in 2014 as we planned the larger renovation and preservation project. It was both complicated to replace the old lighting with the new technology, and yet it was the perfect time to add this energy efficient lighting when the upper sections of the Courthouse were under complete renovation. The project ended at the end of 2017 (expect for a few punch list items yet to be done) and the colored lighting options were completed and programmed last November, in preparation for the Christmas season.
Because interest began almost immediately as to how various uses of the lighting could be requested, the Commissioners took the basic list of major national and state holidays and observances, and put in place a policy detailing when and what color combination would be used.
We were also firm in deciding not to ‘take requests’ and get caught up in the ‘drama’ of various causes and observances. We recently denied a request from the LBGTQ community for rainbow colors on June 9th.
Frankly, we are not going to get into causes (political or otherwise) or get trapped into tacit endorsements. We believe most reasonable people can appreciate this approach to managing this important resource.
The Salvation Army is again participating in „Summer Food Service Program‟ for children throughout our community. Lunch meals will be provided at eleven sites from June 4 to August 10.
The locations include…The Salvation Army at 250 E. Main St. in Newark, Shiloh Baptist Church at 383 Washington St. in Newark, Carson Elementary School at 549 E. Main St. in Newark, The YES Club at 100 E. Church St. in Newark, Coble Park in Little Texas in South Newark, Newark Townhomes, 11 Daugherty Circle in Newark, Log Pond Apartments at 628 Glenbrook Dr. in Newark, Ryan-Braden Park at 121 W. Third St., Buckeye Lake, Miller Park at 3 Crestview Dr. in Utica, Freedom School in the Par Excellence Bldg. at 1350 Granville Rd., and First Methodist Church at 88 N. Fifth ST. in Newark.
Summer meals are provided FREE to children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
The Canal Market District (CMD) in downtown Newark is only a few short weeks away from its spring opening. The farmers‟ market reopens for the season at 4 pm on Friday, May 4th, while the art and craft market reopens on Saturday, May 12th at 10 am. This May will mark the beginning of the Canal Market District‟s third season after opening for the first time in June 2016.
During the month of May, the farmers‟ market will operate on Fridays only from 4 to 7 pm. The Tuesday evening market will reopen in June and run during the same 4 to 7 pm timeframe. Starting this year, Tuesday markets will feature a
rotating selection of locally handcrafted goods in addition to the produce, baked goods, sauces, honey, and other groceries that market shoppers have grown accustomed to.
Art and craft markets are scheduled for 10 am to 3 pm on May 12th, September 8th, and October 6th.
The farmers‟ market is adding 15 new vendors to the mix in 2018, including four new farmers. New products will also be available at this year‟s farmers market, including heat-and-eat woodfired pizza, all-natural kid-friendly snacks, and locally made wine.
Canal Market District has secured a special permit to allow local winemakers to sell at the farmers market, becoming the first market in the county to do so. Canal Market District Director, Jazz Glastra, thinks wine will be a substantial draw for the farmers market. Jim Young, owner of Sand Hollow Winery and the Sand Hollow Speakeasy, watched last year as the success of the market grew. “This year when given the opportunity to have Sand Hollow Speakeasy wine at the market I jumped at the chance. The Canal Market District is the heart of Newark‟s downtown renaissance.”
Opening day will have plenty to keep shoppers busy in addition to the market vendors. Live music will be provided by local musicians including Charles Sealy of Columbus and Johnny Jamz, a regular performer at the Canal Market District. Chefs from Licking Memorial Hospital will be on hand for opening day offering shoppers samples and recipe cards featuring local ingredients. Kids will have the opportunity to earn prizes for tasting spring vegetables at the market‟s demonstration table. There will also be a special interfaith blessing ceremony at 5:45 pm to ring in the new season of the farmers market.
Canal Market District organizers are encouraging every family to support the small farmers who attend the farmers market by visiting each week. “The most important part of any farmers‟ market is the presence of local growers,” Glastra said.
Canal Market District welcomes people of all economic means and accepts both WIC Farmers Market Nutrition coupons and SNAP (food stamps) benefits. These programs allow low income shoppers to use their benefits in lieu of cash to purchase fresh food from the farmers market. SNAP users can also get up to $20 extra to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables each market day through the ProducePerks network.
The Canal Art and Craft Market will open the day before Mother‟s Day, May 12th. Free “mocktails” will be served to the first 50 moms who attend. The Art and Craft Market hosts local artisans who make everything from jewelry to kids‟ clothing to soaps and body lotions.
Information at a glance:
Location: 36 E Canal St in Downtown Newark, one block South of the courthouse
Parking on street, in the 2nd street garage, or in the surface lot next to the Historic Licking County Jail
Dates: Fridays, May – October from 4 to 7 pm
Tuesdays, June – September from 4 to 7 pm
More Info: @Canalmarketdistrict on Facebook and Instagram
Spring is here! It‟s nice outside. Gather your family, grab your friends, and start “Turn Your Screen Off” Week with the Licking Park District. For the 5th year, Licking Park District and several partnering organizations will join millions of others, across the nation, to encourage turning off TVs, phones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days. LPD invites everyone to tune into the world around us and join the Outdoor Adventures kick-off celebration on Sunday, April 29th, from noon–4 pm, at Infirmary Mound Park, Route 37, south of Granville.
“Turn Your Screen Off” Week is a chance for children, teens, and adults to get up and get moving, to read and be more physically active, to spend time with family and friends. “According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), children and teens ages 8–18 spend nearly four hours daily in front of the TV and an additional two hours on the computer and playing video games. Unfortunately, many children would rather watch TV and play video games than go outside and play, or participate in sports. Kids tend to be less active and apt to snack more freely while in front of the TV.”
Visitors can try paddle sports on Mirror Lake, a rock-climbing wall, bungee trampoline, a 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 archery trailer will be at the park and the Ace Archers will assist folks wanting to test their target skills. A wide range of creative and educational activities will be offered by participating community organizations. Food vendors: Hogg Head‟s BBQ Food Truck and Liberty Kettle Corn will also be on site.
Participating organizations this year are: Ace Archers, Boy Scout Troops, Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club, Dawes Arboretum, Granville Recreation Department, Granville Kiwanis, Licking County Health Department, Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Horseman's Council, Freedom Bicycles, Central Ohio Geo-cachers, Land of Legends Fly-fishers, Eastern Central Ohio Beekeepers
Association, and others. LPD is excited to offer this event and encourages everyone to attend other park activities throughout the year.
The LPD office, at Infirmary Mound Park, is accessed from Rt. 37. For more information contact the Licking Park District at 740-587-2535 or
The Series of Public Art in Licking County Continues
As this continuing series on public art with murals, sculptures, statues and paintings – we will focus on a couple of murals in the famous Canal-Market District in downtown Newark. We will also highlight statues of two of Newark‟s visionaries and philanthropists, J. Gilbert Reese and Howard LeFevre. Finally, with the return of youth baseball a look at the sculpture of a young ball player at the Mound City Little League Diamonds in South Newark.
Keep in mind the Canal-Market District‟s weekly Farmer‟s Markets resume on Friday, May4th in the District just south of Downtown Newark. As you visit this area just a block south of the downtown Newark Square, be certain to enjoy the building murals.
Seen here is “Skating on the Canal” which harkens back to the 19th Century days of the Ohio Erie Canal which came through downtown on what is now Canal Street. This beautiful mural by Curtis Goldstein shows dozens of adults and children enjoying ice skating on the
frozen canal, a natural for winter recreation in a time when folks spent much more time out-of-doors.
Another in the collection of large building murals in the Downtown Canal Market District and depicting local history is this Curtis Goldstein work titled “Helping Hand‟.
It depicts a young Ray Haynes helping his little sister Mary, in fine attire, crossing the Ohio Erie Canal Aqueduct in downtown.
As part of the gift to the community in 2016 which is the Canal Market District is a series of alley murals on the buildings that border the north to south alleyway from South Park Place on the Square and Market Street.
This awesome series of early 20th century murals of old Newark show a variety of historic storefronts and the people of Newark a century ago. Curtis Goldstein hand painted this series over a two year period.
As you travel south from the Canal Market District you will see the historic Pennsylvania Railroad Station, now known as „The Station‟. By the entrance you will see a sculpture of local attorney, visionary and philanthropist J. Gilbert Reese.
This statue by Gary Price was unveiled in May 2016 on the occasion of the dedication of the CM District, which was a gift to the community from the Reese family.
Gib Reese envisioned the beautiful view from „The Station‟ looking north through the corridor to see the Square and the Licking County Courthouse.
Just a block northeast of The Station is The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology. This statue of Howard E. LeFevre stands by the entrance.
As the founder of The Works, Howard LeFevre was described as an entrepreneur, visionary and friend of the community.
LeFevre passed away in 2008 and will long be remembered for his generosity and the generations of lives he touched, and the educations opportunities he made
possible. This statue of LeFevre is by sculptor Alan Cotrill of Zanesville.
Wrapping up this month‟s look at public art in Licking County, we head to the Mound City Little League Baseball Complex off South Second Street in South Newark. This statue is titled „The Natural‟ by Gary Price.
In 1999 it was dedicated by Gib and Lou Reese to all baseball players (natural or not) who learned to love baseball at Mound City Little League, including their boys Gil and Luke. It is that time of year to say „Batter Up‟ and again enjoy the rites of spring!

Welcoming New Businesses
The historic 1877 Etna School, on the corner of U.S. Route 40 and State Route310, is in the midst of a transformation.
Doctor Jonah Staten is restoring the building at 1028 Columbus Street and is planning to open his Old School Dentist Office there.
A ribbon cutting at the Etna business site will be Saturday, May 19th at Noon with the office officially open on June 4th.
The May ribbon cutting celebration will feature the Jazz Bands from Watkins Memorial and Licking Heights High Schools, along with refreshments.
A graduate and former teacher in the South West Licking School District, Doctor Staten is a graduate of the OSU School of Dentistry and Maryville College. In restoring the historic old school house they report finding some treasurers including a 10 foot by 10 foots oil painting original to the school that will be on display.
They invite the public to visit Old School Dental on Facebook for a virtual tour or at our website

Just to share information on a new business just getting their doors open in downtown Newark. I recently stopped by to say 'hello' at Susie's Bistro and Bakery on West Main Street in downtown. Their official opening date is Tuesday, May 1st.
It is located on the South side of West Main beside the Draft House and across the street from Elliot's Wood Fired Pizza.
Brian and Susan VanNess are selling their fine cupcakes and pastries. She made her name and gained popularity with Susie Sunshine Sweets in Granville. In addition to baked goods they will be offering a French cuisine style Bistro with seating both inside and on the sidewalk.
They are planning to be open six days a week - Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 8am to 3pm.
Photos include owners Brian and Susie, and employee Kyle Collins (above). On the ladder doing a mural highlighting their storefront is muralist and artist Lori Clarke.
Very best wishes to their great group and their business adventure in downtown Newark - the cupcakes and baked goods are awesome!
Spotlight on Local Heros (from Alexandria Mayor Jim Jasper’s newsletter)
To the little boy standing trembling beside the operating table he wasn’t a local hero, he was a Superhero! The child could barely breathe as he nervously watched Dr. Fred Nichols perform a delicate medical procedure on his beloved Hamster. This great man provided medical care for every animal imaginable, from Gladys Guernsey’s Brahma Bulls she raised on Granville St. for the Rodeo’s. To the more usual farm animals such as horses, cows, pigs and such. As well as domestic pets, birds, cats, dogs my Dads spider monkey and every wild animal every kid in town brought to him.
As a child you didn’t just receive great Veterinary service from Dr. Nichols, you also received an education. First, he taught you to hold your dog correctly while he got his shots, so that he couldn’t bite you or your Veterinarian. Then you received life lessons, Dr. Nichols taught us the value of hard work and saving your money. He challenged us to set our goals high, and to always be honest and kind. When the time came he helped us to understand life’s greatest mystery, death. He would place a giant hand on a small shoulder and help us to understand and grieve. Even though his eyesight was keen enough to stich a tiny incision in the tiniest of animals, he never seemed to notice the un-manly tears flowing like rain.
As an adult I came to realize that we would not have this second to none modern library in Alexandria if not for the generosity of Dr. Nichols and his brother Bob. We also would not have our wonderful Museum full of treasures from near and far. He even made sure that his Veterinarian Facility would continue and thrive by finding a wonderful replacement in Dr. Southard before retiring.
This is by no means meant to be a biography of Dr. Nichols. For that stop at the museum and read up on all the great things Dr. Nichols his brother Bob and generations of the Nichols family have done for our community. This is just me, seizing an opportunity to sincerely, professionally and publicly say.
Thanks - Doctor Fred Nichols on behalf of a grateful community and a little boy.
Upcoming Events…
Heart Chase Event Coming to Downtown Newark on Saturday, May 5th with check-in at 8:30am and the „game play‟ starts at 10:00am.
Heart Chase is a national fundraising effort by the American Heart Association (AHA). The Saturday morning event is a team sport that is both educational 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 are participating.
Representing Licking County Government is the team Deputy Dawgz‟ from County‟s Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. The team includes (l to r) – Kris White, Larry Williams, Carmen Statzer, Tyler Moore and Bryant Stough.
On Saturday, May 19th at 7:30pm the Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) „Big Band‟ will offer a performance at the Reese Center on the Newark Campus. Directing the HWE Big Band will be Kris Keith, Director of the Ohio State Jazz Ensemble.
Looking ahead to summer the Heisey Wind Ensemble will be the featured concert entertainment at the Newark Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 3rd at 8:00pm in the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre at the Newark Campus.
Later in July, on Saturday the 14th at 6:00pm, the HWE Big Band will featured at Newark‟s Jazz and Ribs Festival downtown at the Canal Market District. The event runs that day from Noon till 8:00pm.
The Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra ends its season in May with one of Stravinsky‟s most popular pieces, The Firebird Suite. This magical piece is one of the most famous and inspiring symphonic works ever written. It truly promises to be a
thrilling finale for the NGSO‟s 13th season. The concert is Saturday, May 12th at 7:30 at the Midland Theatre. For tickets, call the Midland at 740-345-5483, visit the Midland box office at 36 N. Park Place or go to to order tickets which begin at $15.
Three dates to note in 2018 for parents, grandparents, guardians, students and anyone interested – these are Financial Aid Nights. On Thursday, June 14th; Thursday, August 16th; and Thursday, October 25th the events will be held at the C-TEC Campus at 150 Price Road (Entrance #1). Representatives from C-TEC, Licking Knox Goodwill, the Licking County Foundation, and Ohio Means Jobs Licking County will be on hand discussing FAFSA application, grants, scholarships, and additional funding opportunities. To register for any of the above dates call 740-364-2280.
Save the Date! On 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 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.)
Youth can practice their bike skills in a bike rodeo at the Newark and Hanover locations. All bike riders are asked to wear a helmet during the rodeo and the ride. Bike repair services will not be available. 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.
Master Gardeners Update for May
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, May 26, 9:30-11:00 AM
Maintaining a Healthy Garden
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
Save the Date - The West Licking Historical Society we will be having another Garden Tour in the greater Pataskala area this summer.
The date is July 14, 2018, from 1:00 till 5:00 p.m. Spokesperson Martha Tykodi says they will have five or more very interesting gardens. Tickets will be $12/person before tour and $15/person on the day of the tour.
We will have more information next month on the location for advance ticket sales.
Wildlife at Dawes Arboretum.
On a recent visit to the Arboretum‟s Japanese Garden this young turtle emerged from the pond to gather some sunshine.
Even this turtle agreed regarding winter that „enough is enough‟.
(photo by Adam Young)
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