Green light given to Rittman road repairs [Daily Record, The (Wooster, OH)]
"Daily Record, The (Wooster, OH)", 2014-01-30
RITTMAN -- The city manager had designs to have a workshop at the Rittman Fire Department before Monday's council meeting to give people an opportunity to see the new firetruck, but the below- freezing temperature put an end to that.
Instead, council convened at its regular 7 p.m. start time, and quickly moved through a workshop for road repairs and a light agenda.
The roads council agreed to repair are Rufener Street from West Sunset Drive to Eastern Road; Krabill Road from Rufener Street to west of Winkler Drive; Adams Street; and West Ohio Avenue from Main Street to Fourth Street.
The workshop and council's subsequent approval to work on the roads were needed in order to begin the process of assessing property owner's a portion of the cost, City Manager Larry Boggs said.
This past summer, Boggs said he and Service Director George Heater traveled the city and determined these roads to be in the worst shape. However, things could change come spring with the snow and frigid temperatures.
While nothing is official, Boggs said he is confident the city will receive Ohio Public Works Commission funding for the street project. He received a verbal commitment that if the public works programs get funded, the city's project will be among them. He anticipates he will get a "green light" on the street project in June.
Councilman Steve Johnson asked about the work to be done on West Ohio Avenue.
Boggs explained that for some reason, the city has always split the work done on the road. It recently repaved from North Metzger Avenue to Fourth Street. This project will entail repairing the road from the downtown square at Main Street up to Fourth Street.
Mayor Bill Robertson asked if the grant would reduce the assessment to property owners.
"The way I'd like to present it, yes," Boggs said, adding he believes the grant will be about $300,000, the city's share is about half.
Council President Glen Russell said it seemed like the city already had done some work on that stretch of West Ohio Avenue.
Councilman Rick Hanlon and Boggs said there was some patchwork done, but no one was assessed for the repairs.
Boggs will prepare letters to send to the property owners who will be assessed to inform them of council's decision.
In addition to street repair projects, council's agenda featured no items under old business and two ordinances under new business. Both were connected with the Ohio Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School grant. Passage of both items were expedited by suspending the rules requiring three public readings.
The first was to amend appropriations to include the Home Street waterline replacement project. Boggs wanted to do this work in conjunction with the sidewalks being done with the Safe Routes grant. The project will cost more than $295,000.
The second ordinance was to authorize Boggs to enter into a contract with EMHT of Columbus for engineering required by the Safe Routes grant. Boggs is still negotiating with EMHT for the engineering services, and he expects the contract will be more than $80,000 because of ODOT's grant requirements.
Reporter Bobby Warren can be reached at 330-287-1639 or email@example.com. He is @BobbyWarrenTDR on Twitter.
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