2010-07-03 / News

Street repaving could slip to August

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE – Buckeye Lake Mayor Rick Baker believes the village is still on track to start repaving its streets sometime this month.

Last year’s installation of the village’s first-ever public water distribution system turned most village streets into rutted dirt roads. Most potholes nd ruts are regularly filled with a mix of earth and stones that doesn’t hold up well to moisture – snow during the winter and rain this spring and summer. Wet weather brings more potholes and ruts, while dry weather creates clouds of dust.

“We’re trying to push to get this done as (soon) as we can,” said Baker Wednesday. He said the village repaving project went to bid June 16 and bids will be opened at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7. From there, he expects village council will award a contract during its July 12 meeting. That contractor will then have 30 days after signing the contract to start work.

But, Baker doubts the winning contractor will wait 30 days to begin work. If possible, the contractor’s anticipated start date will weigh into whether or not the company is awarded the bid, but the primary consideration is cost.

Baker emphasized that the village couldn’t approve a bid until its grant and low cost loan funding became effective on July 1. He initially hoped repaving could begin as close to July 2 as possible, but that won’t be the case.

Buckeye Lake Service Director Tim Matheny said streets with trench lines will be milled down one and one-half inches and receive two inches of asphalt. Those without trench lines will be milled down one and onehalf inches but receive one and one-half inches of asphalt.

ME Companies engineer Jack Christy said the milling will not remove all the existing asphalt and base from the streets, which will create a good surface for the new asphalt to adhere. “In asphalt design, it’s good to keep as much there as possible” when laying new asphalt, he said.

Baker is anxious for the paving to begin. “It’ll be good to see,” he said.

In other village news:

• Buckeye Lake Village Council member Jeryne Peterson promoted involvement in neighborhood crime watches – which she is spearheading– during Monday night’s council meeting. “We all need to take a proactive stance,” she said.

In a report to council, Peterson said Cranberry Bay and Leisure Village are participating in crime watches and she hopes others in the village from the North Bank area and Buckeye Lake Estates would participate as well. “We as citizens of the village all have an obligation to participate and become involved,” said Peterson. Anyone wanting to become involved should contact the Buckeye Lake Police Department or the Licking County Sheriff’s Department.

• Resident Kay Allen said people aren’t respecting village orders to mow their lawns. “This is ridiculous,” she said. “We have to put with bugs and animals.”

Baker said the village has tried to be diplomatic with people who aren’t maintaining their lawns, but it may be time to step up enforcement.

“They’re laughing at us,” said Allen, “They think it’s a joke.”

• Resident Ty Rowlenson said her neighborhood wasn’t sprayed for mosquitoes. “They haven’t been down our street,” she said. “You’ll get ate alive.”

Street Supervisor Mark Dymek said Union Township is doing the spraying, but he’d make sure all streets, including Rowlenson’s are sprayed.

• Council member Donna Thompson said she’s heard complaints from several residents about dogs barking all night. She wondered if barking dogs are included in the village’s noise ordinance. Police Chief Ron Small encouraged people to report barking dogs. After several complaints, the dog owners can be charged with disorderly conduct.

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