2010-05-29 / News

Village now has street repair responsibility

By Scott Rawdon

A track hoe from Garrabrant Excavations of Westerville takes another bite out of a dilapidated home at 138 2nd St. across from Ryan-Braden Park. It was the first dozens of Buckeye Lake Village eyesores that will be removed this year using Community Development Block Grant money administered by the Licking County Planning Commission. Beacon photo by Charles Prince. A track hoe from Garrabrant Excavations of Westerville takes another bite out of a dilapidated home at 138 2nd St. across from Ryan-Braden Park. It was the first dozens of Buckeye Lake Village eyesores that will be removed this year using Community Development Block Grant money administered by the Licking County Planning Commission. Beacon photo by Charles Prince. BUCKEYE LAKE – Cars traveling Union Street are bottoming out from the potholes, said Buckeye Lake Village Council President Charlene Hayden during Monday night’s village council meeting.

Stillion Brothers, the company that installed Buckeye Lake’s new public water distribution system, has one more obligation to fill in potholes with dirt and gravel before its contract with the village ends. Afterward, the village will take over filling the holes until Buckeye Lake’s roads are repaved, most likely beginning in early July. Stillion Brothers did its final temporary resurfacing this week.

Village Service Director Tim Matheny said Stillion was obligated to maintain the streets before paving until its contract with the village expires, which happens this week. Another contractor, whom the village has yet to select, will repave the streets.

Matheny said until the streets are repaved the village will fill potholes and ruts on an as needed basis. Call the Buckeye Lake Village Office at 928-7100 to report potholes or ruts.

Council member Kaye Hartman said the village will also work on some drainage issues on Myers Ave, East 6th Street, Lake Street, and Seymour before the streets are repaved. Currently, some storm water is draining onto private land, which is not permitted. “We want to be ahead of the paving schedule,” she said. Matheny said some of the drainage work may begin next week.

In other village news:

• The Buckeye Lake Fire Department received a $44,200 Assistance to Firefighters grant, which firefighter Toby Miller said funded eight self contained breathing apparatus and a washer/ extractor, which is basically a heavy-duty washing machine that cleans dirt and toxins from the turn-out gear worn by firefighters.

• Resident Charlotte Basnet asked council where, when, and how residents can pay water bills. Matheny said residents can pay with cash, a check (which can be mailed), or a credit card. Payments will be accepted in person at the village office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. An after office hours drop box will soon be available.

• Annetta Macedonia of the Parks and Recreation Commission presented council with $560 worth of donations toward a sign at the village’s entrance as part of the ongoing Buckeye Lake Gateway project. She said the village also received an earlier $100 donation, bringing the commission within $940 of what it needs to purchase the sign. Macedonia hopes to have the sign posted by July 4. Commission members are currently working on the landscaping that will surround the sign.

• Director of Development Valerie Hans told council members that homes at 138 2nd Street, 11144 Hebron Road, and 355 Union Avenue have been demolished under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Additionally, 35 5th Street and 202 Woods Street will be demolished within a week. A total of 78 derelict properties are recommended for demolition.

• There’s plenty to do Memorial Day weekend in Buckeye Lake Village. The fourth annual Memorial Day parade starts 11 a.m., Saturday, May 29 at the First Community Church. It ends at Buckeye Lake State Park’s North Shore Boat Ramp with a ceremony led by Buckeye Lake VFW Post #1388 honoring our veterans. Mayor Rick Baker is the parade’s Grand Marshal. Parade trophies will be awarded from 12:45 to 1 p.m., followed by the Little Miss Buckeye pageant at 1 p.m. Stick around for a Karate demonstration at 1:45 p.m. and Dance Explosion entertains at 2:15 p.m.

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