City Manager's Update to
Forest Street -
The East Forest Street Phase I
contractor is still on site today, completing the
aggregate base work. The remainder of this week
will be spent on clean up and preparing the site for the
winter. The majority of the work left is concrete
and asphalt in nature. While KF Construction could
continue to work on the concrete placement, they will no
longer be able to purchase asphalt. It is the
consensus of the contractor, the inspection firm and the
city that the curb and gutter not be exposed to snow and
ice control equipment without the base course of asphalt
being in place. The job will therefore be
suspended until spring arrives.
- Although already discussed this evening, I would again
like to thank our employees and AFSCME Local 1940 for a
very smooth negotiations process. This year we
re-opened the 2012/2013/2014 contract for wage and
health care purposes. In the end, I feel the
employees made some large concessions to their health
care plans in order to keep the city within our proposed
Ohio Bridge Partnership
Program - Last week I was officially notified
that the city has been accepted into the newly developed
ODOT Ohio Bridge Partnership Program. Council is
familiar with the typical ODOT grant programs for small
cities/municipalities in which the local entity (local)
is responsible for engineering, land acquisition, and
20% of constructions costs. Thru this new program,
the locals are only responsible for acquiring
rights-of-way; however, these costs will be reimbursed.
As discussed during the budget hearings, our annual
bridge inspections had identified the South Street
Bridge as a replacement candidate in the near future.
Tomorrow, I will be meeting with ODOT, District 2
officials and representatives of their engineering
consultants to begin this process. They fully
intend to have construction underway this coming summer.
Received - As mentioned at our last meeting, we
received additional funds from the Russell and
Marguerite Stephenson Foundation for our bike trail
lighting project. Clyde Light and Power was able
to recently order three (3) decorative light posts with
this grant and continue their work towards Church
Street. I believe two (2) light posts remain.
Clyde Christmas Fest
- The Clyde Christmas Fest kicks off this Friday night,
December 6 with the Northern Lights Parade at 6:00 p.m.
Immediately following the parade, Mayor Black will
dedicate and light the city’s Christmas tree. The
tree lighting will be followed by a fireworks show
presented by Pyrotechnico. The rest of the weekend
festivities can be found on the city’s web page.
Clyde Food Pantry
- As we approach the winter months and especially the
holiday season, I would ask that you keep the Clyde Food
Pantry in mind and please consider donating to them.
Financially, the pantry is doing well and we thank Sgt.
Dennis Hall for his dedication. The number of
families assisted by this worthy organization has
increased over the years and we strive to keep it well
funded. Food donations may be dropped off any time
at the Clyde Police Department, 222 North Main Street.
Monetary donations should be given at the Finance
Department, 225 North Main Street. Food pantry
hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays at 803 West McPherson