City Manager's Update to Council November 18, 2014
Clyde Fliers - First and
foremost, I would like to congratulate Coach Carter and
his Flier Football Team. What a season to be proud
The East Forest Street Sewer
Separation, Phase II Project is at an obvious
weather "stand-still". Helms and Sons have been on
site daily, making every attempt to keep things safe and
open despite the concrete blankets and equipment
everywhere during this early winter blast. As of
earlier today, the 301 Base Pavement is scheduled for
next Monday. We all hope to get the Intermediate
and Surface Courses laid but will definitely pull the
plug on them if quality is jeopardized.
The South Street
Bridge is progressing towards completion. Since
your last update, the storm drains in the area have been
installed, the concrete pedestrian railings have been
poured and the majority of the structure has been
backfilled. A few more daysí worth of backfilling
and final grading should get Mosser to the point of
paving. This grant through the Ohio Bridge
Partnership Program but more specifically, the way the
program itself has been administered has saved our
Permanent Improvement Fund approximately $900,000.
It has only been 12 months since Governor Kasich rolled
out this program for thirty (30) county and ten (10)
municipal bridges in the state and here we are ready to
re-open ours. Another one hundred and seventy-four
(174) are to be built through the program in the next
three (3) years.
Work continues at the city's East
Sub-station. The South Transformer that
had developed a leaning foundation over the years has
been temporarily relocated and as of today, most of the
foundation is removed. Toledo Testing will be on
site tomorrow to ensure that we get thru the bad soils
and down to a substantial sub-grade for the load.
The new foundation pour is scheduled for Thursday.
As far as other work at the station, our crews in
conjunction with MK Power Solutions are working on the
69kV Relay Project while JCN Power Solutions has "demo'd"
the old MOAB switches and buss work. The
completion date is highly dependent on the soils
encountered during tomorrow's excavation work.
As an update to the Flow Equalization (EQ)
Basin Project. Design work continues on
this EPA mandated project that is scheduled for
completion during the fourth quarter of 2015. I
had conversations today with the OEPA's Division of
Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) to confirm
our funding of this $2,650,000.00 project. DEFA's
Draft Priority List has us well within the funding range
so we will be meeting with numerous OEPA representatives
in January to keep this project on its critical path to
completion. The funding mechanism for this project
are the DEFA low-interest low term loan and the Ohio
Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant of $325,000.00.
Confirmation of the OPWC grant should be coming before
Closing on the PPP, LLC 76-acre
purchase is progressing on schedule.
Solicitor Bova has been working with the title company
and I do not believe he has any major issues to discuss
at this time. I have been in contact with the
company performing the Environmental Phase 1 study and
should be in possession of that document tomorrow.
In speaking with them today, no issues were discovered.
We have tentatively schedule closing for December 2nd.
Survey work on the US RT 20 Culvert
should be completed at this time. The
Environmental Services Department worked with Richland
Engineering to accurately locate two (2) of our force
mains (sewer lines) and one (1) twelve inch (12") water
line in the area. ODOT has scheduled preliminary
plan completion for March 2015.
Winter has come early for the
General Services Department (unfortunately) but all
trucks were ready to roll for their first round.
As mentioned at our last meeting and noted on the PD's
Nixle Alerts, salt usage will be a bit more
conservative this year as salt prices have tripled
throughout the state. Please drive according to
the weather but be assured that snow and ice control is
still one of our highest priorities. Just prior to
the meeting, I spoke with Superintendent Hamilton and he
was out checking roads to see what was needed at this
Winesburg Christmas - Finally,
due to the Fliers Tournament game on Friday Night, all
Winesburg Christmas Festivities have been moved to
Saturday including the parade, tree lighting and
fireworks by Pyrotecnico.