City Manager's Update to
Signs of Spring - I have noticed two
signs of spring this past week. The first sign has
been the constant flow of college and high school
students arriving here on the second floor to submit
applications for summer employment and the second sign
was a Robin outside City Hall last Friday. Despite
the relentless winter weather, these two occurrences
definitely mean that we will soon be discussing topics
related to warm weather.
US RT 20 Bridge/Culvert
- Five (5) Professional Design Firms (PDF)
submitted Letters of Interest and Statements of
Qualifications for the design work on the US RT 20
Bridge/Culvert (SA 20-238). The Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) prequalification categories
included Non-Complex Roadway Design, Level 1 Bridge
Design and Right-of-Way Plan Development. I am
currently evaluating and ranking the PDFs and will then
negotiate a contract with the firm most qualified to
perform the needed services. The actual
construction of this project will hopefully be funded
thru the Small City Grant Program. Applicants for
this grant are typically notified in July as to the
funding schedule and amounts (if any).
The design for the East
Forest Street Sewer Separation Project, Phase II
is nearing completion. We have a few details to
work out in the area of the Main Street intersection but
the Permit to Install (PTI) application has been filed
with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA).
The bid opening will be during the first half of June.
KF Construction is tentatively planning
on resuming work on the East Forest Street Sewer
Separation Project, Phase I in late March/early April.
The combination curb and gutter still needs to be
installed east of East Street before the pavement is
completed. Following that, the finish work and
seeding will be the final operation before completion.
Cracking Pavement on South Main Street
- ODOT has tentatively scheduled coring operations on
South Main Street (SR 101) for the second week in March.
They want to be sure that none of the random cracking
problems are caused by poor asphalt mix or poor asphalt
placement. As mentioned previously, the likely culprit
is the existing poor base and the extremely harsh winter
we have endured.
Planning for the small culvert
replacement on South Mulberry is proceeding.
The Environmental Service Department is working
diligently to accurately locate both of the large
waterlines in the area so that the proposed culvert’s
location is not in conflict with them.
Random updates include ……
The Police Department Renovation plans are
proceeding with Chief Gower taking the lead
The General Service Department’s mini-excavator should
arrive in about two weeks
The Police Department’s new vehicle should arrive
towards the end of April
The Water Plant states that the reservoirs are
almost at the “full mark”
Nothing new to report on the South Street Bridge,
Equalization Basin or the Flail Mower