Residents say construction company tearing up roads

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Some Adams County residents said they’re fed up with a construction company tearing up their roads.

They said most of the damage takes place along Adams County Road 1700 in Columbus Township.

Without four wheel drive, they said you can’t navigate the roads that lead to Gin Ridge Sow Farm’s construction site.

“It’s completely gone through now and rutted up to where in 26 27 years, I’ve never seen it like that,” said Mary Beckman.

In some spots, residents say the conditions are so bad that semi trucks get stuck.

“I wish we could get a road agreement to where they would come in and build the roads that need to be built and the township not be liable for all the expense,” Beckman said.

Which is something John McInite with Gin Ridge Sow Farm says his company has tried to do. In a statement he says his company has tried to fund improvements to the roads used to access the construction site, but he says the Columbus Township trustees denied those attempts.

Now, residents say they want their road commissioner Tom Huber to do something about their roads.

McIntire with Gin Ridge says they are working closely with Huber to resolve the issue.

We reached out to Huber for an interview but he declined.

Wednesday, he used a road grader to try to fix the roads. Residents say that work is not enough.

“The roads aren’t traveled enough to support the heavy weight, they’re just going to pieces in a hurry,” said resident Rich Cate.

And McIntire with the Gin Ridge Sow Farm said they plan to lay gravel down first thing tomorrow morning in a continued effort to fix these roads.

McIntire’s full statement reads:

“Gin Ridge Sow Farm has in the past and continues to make attempts to work with Columbus Township Trustees. On July 17th the Township Trustees was presented with an agreement outlining a process to reimburse the township for 13 times the amount of gravel annually purchased by the township on a per mile of road basis. Weeks ago, Gin Ridge attempted to provide maintenance gravel on the road and was denied by the Township Board Trustees.

The Columbus Township Trustees, who appropriates monies for the township, have collected taxes on, but failed to consistently maintain this road for several years. The Township Board has tried to deny access to site by failing to maintain the road while also putting the public safety in jeopardy.

In September, the Columbus Township Board verbally confirmed the agreement from July and then later reneged on the offer from Gin Ridge once construction has begun. Multiple attempts by Gin Ridge officials to resolve this issue have not been answered by Township Board Trustees.

Gin Ridge Sow Farm continues to work with the Columbus Township Commissioner to resolve any issues. Other townships involved in the project area have cooperated and are working together with the facility.”

The Save Adams County Coalition’s full statement reads:

Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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