North Street paving tops Wednesday’s Council agenda
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting, council member Len Weatherby said he and council member Tom Zalewski drove around the village examining streets to put together a potential 2013 paving list.
That list needs to be complete and approved by council members during September because Village Consulting Engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, must file the village’s 2013 Ohio Public Works Commission Grant Request by October 5.
Sunbury mayor Tommy Hatfield said 2013 might be a good year to finally repair North Street’s brick paving.
“We could do up North Street from Columbus Street to Otis Street as one standalone project,” Hatfield said. “The other streets on the list just do a mill and fill.”
Hall reminded council members that former village engineer Bill Newton’s estimate for a complete North Street repair using existing paver bricks with a full sub-surface utility reconstruction was in the $400,000 to $500,000 range.
“If the street is going to be torn up you should check all of the old sewer and water lines running under the streets,” Hall said.
Hatfield said his only concern with putting the entire 2013 paving budget into North Street is if other streets needing attention could last another year or two.
“North Street would be a great project to pick and do it all,” Hatfield said. “I hate to see the bricks go. I don’t want to wait until we have a complete road failure.”
Weatherby suggested paving North Street with traditional asphalt and, like Johnstown, leave brick pavers showing at the crosswalks.
Other village streets that were deemed possible for repairs are Rainbow, McGill, Crowl, Sedgwick and Burrer.
“The next Services Committee meeting is September 5,” Hall said. “We have to finalize our thoughts if we’re going to meet the OPWC grant request deadline.”
Hall also said that the village’s $24,000 Community Development Block Grant to install 12 curb ramps on the north side of the village goes out to bid on September 11.
“It’s a county project so the county will advertise for bids,” Hall said. “And it’s a prevailing wage job.”
Hall also noted that he is reviewing AutoZone’s revised site plans; and McDonald’s request to install an additional drive-through lane will get an administrative approval without going through zoning.
In other business, council members approved Ordinance 2012-01, a sixth amendment of the 2012 annual appropriations, to appropriate money for the Sewer Fund and to authorize the purchase of a pump for the Sunbury Mills Lift Station; and also to place additional money in the Police Fund, depleted by cruiser repair costs.
Council members then approved a motion to purchase the $14,989 lift station pump, not to exceed $15,000.
It was noted that during the month of July Sunbury Police Department officers issued 52 traffic citations, and went on 295 service calls with 47 offenses issued.
Council members approved a $13,375 purchase order to Reinhart-Walters-Danner, a second installment of the village’s casualty and liability insurance premium.
August is a five-Wednesday month. Typically, council members hold a third monthly meeting if there is a fifth Wednesday, but cancelled the Wednesday, August 29 meeting.
The next Sunbury Village Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5.
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Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All village council and council committee meetings are open to the public.