Answer Man readers learn about Intel, feral cats, trees, tire recycling

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Readers inquired about local officials’ recent trip to Chandler, Arizona to see Intel Corporation development there, as well as feral cats, trees and tire recycling.

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Issue 1: Mark Ellis of Liberty Township in Knox County asked who paid for the officials’ recent trip to see Intel Corporation operations in Chandler, Arizona. Intel plans to build a $20 billion computer chip factory south of Johnstown in Licking County.

There were about 20 people on the recent trip, most from Licking County. Heath Mayor Mark Johns said the town of Heath paid for his trip. Rick Platt, president and CEO of the Port Authority of Heath-Newark-Licking County, said the port authority paid for his trip.

Licking County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer McDonald said the chamber paid for her and Vice President Brittany Misner’s trip, but not members of the board of directors of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce. bedroom. Andrew Guanciale, estate agent for Coldwell Banker’s Guanciale Group and a member of the chamber’s government affairs committee, said he paid for his own trip.

Johnstown Mayor Chip Dutcher said: “I personally paid for my flight and hotel accommodation and some meals. The Town of Chandler hosted a lunch box at City Hall and Intel arranged a meal for everyone on the trip, as well as Maricopa County and Chandler town officials, at a local restaurant.”

Alexis Fitzsimmons, director of Grow Licking County, said the cost of her trip was shared because it was part business and part personal to pick up her daughter from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She paid for the airfare and GLC paid for the hotel room.

State Sen. Jay Hottinger said his campaign account paid for his trip. Monroe Township Administrator Troy Hendren paid for his own trip.

Issue 2: Butch Conrad of Utica asked if Licking County District Attorney Bill Hayes’ comment about having an open season on the Wildcats had anything to do with his loss to Rick Black in the May 3 Republican primary election for Licking County Commissioner.

Conrad said he saw many people in Utica remove their yard signs for Hayes after his comment in response to a question at a candidates’ forum asking what should be done to address the county’s feral cat problem.

Both candidates seemed to think this affected the vote total somewhat. Black, who said he supported the neutering and neutering program, said he heard some people say the votes had changed.

Hayes said after the election: “I will always wonder if my fumbling with cats was a problem or not. I can’t tell you what people think, but I’m pretty sure a lot of people are upset. . It really wasn’t my intention to offend anyone.”

In Utica, 174 voted in the race for commissioners. Black received 103 votes (94 on Election Day and nine absentees) and Hayes received 71 votes (67 on Election Day and four absentees). Who knows what the results would have been without Hayes’ comment.

Issue 3: Sally Davis asked why the trees were removed along the property that borders Ohio 16. She said it seemed like a nice boundary protecting the neighborhoods from freeway noise and sights.

Morgan Overbey, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 5, said the trees were removed as part of the Ohio 661 Bridge expansion project on Ohio 16. ODOT has removed trees to install new right-of-way fencing.

“It was part of the project to install a right-of-way fence,” Overbey said. “The fences help separate the local road from the highway.”

Issue #4: A resident of Purity Road in northeast Licking County asked about people dumping old tires along the road on his property. He said he had collected about 100 tires and he didn’t think it was fair to charge him the fee per tire when they weren’t even his tyres.

Licking County Recycling Director Andrea Krava said the county is not involved in tire recycling except for periodic grant-funded tire collection days. There are no such days scheduled and there are no tire recycling facilities in Licking County. Also, it is illegal for a non-tire recycler to transport more than 10 tires at a time.

Krava said tire disposal is the responsibility of the owner, no matter how they got there. She said anyone with more than 100 tires can fill out an Ohio EPA Used Tire Removal and Cleaning Request Form for Citizens and Businesses. For more information, call the Ohio EPA Materials and Waste Management Division at 740-899-6227.

The closest recyclers are Tyrex Resources in Zanesville and Liberty Tire in Grove City. Tyrex can be reached at 740-605-6984 and Liberty at 614-871-9097. The fee covers transport to an approved recycler and maintenance of the tire recycling machines.

Residents could also call their local township, city or village government to find out if they would be willing to pick up tires.

Economic statistics of the month: The total volume of homes sold in Licking County for four months was $220,078,195. This is an increase of 21% over last year and 51% over two years ago.

Quote of the month: “I didn’t know the wind could feel that. It was my welcome moment to Ohio.” — Jim Evers, vice president and plant manager of Intel and a permanent resident of Arizona, on his first visit to central Ohio on a cold winter’s day.

This month in history: On May 23, 2012, the 5-year statewide smoking ban survived an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled that the ban was constitutional.

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