Buckeye Lake street repaving contract approved
BUCKEYE LAKE – Relief appears to be around the corner for Buckeye Lake Village drivers tired of dirty, rutted streets.
Monday night, village council members approved a contract with Chemcote, Inc. of Dublin to repair the streets damaged during installation of the village’s firstever water distribution system.
Chemcote was the low bidder when bids were opened July 7. The contractor has 60 days to finish the project after contracts with the village are signed.
Buckeye Lake Service Director Tim Matheny expects Chemcote to get its equipment in place the first week of August with work starting the following week. Paving should take roughly 30 days, weather permitting.
Not all roads in the village will be repaved. Ohio 79 and Ohio 360 are ODOT’s responsibility and the water line contractor repaired the few cuts made into the roadways. Hilton Road will not be repaved because it sustained little damage and was recently resurfaced by Licking County after the wastewater treatment expansion project was completed. The other streets on the no-repair list, according to Matheny, are Hunts Landing Road, the Carlin Addition, Mill Street, Park Avenue and part of Grandstaff Avenue..
Repaving will cost $722,643.10, which is a little more than the village’s estimate of $690,000 to $710,000, so village water tech Toby Miller said there’s no money left over to pave private roads, like those in the Carlin Addition.
Resident Joe Brown asked council members Monday night if Slocum Avenue will be paved.
“Slocum will be repaved all the way to the end,” said Matheny, because the residents who live along it turned the formerly private road over to the village.
In other council news:
• Buckeye Lake Fire Chief Pete Leindecker asked for patience in regard to improving the Buckeye Lake Fire Department’s Insurance Services Office, or ISO, rating and possibly lowering village residents’ insurance premiums. “We’ve had a lot of calls at the fire department,” he said.
Basically, the ISO rates fire departments on a scale of one to 10 as far as effectiveness, and fire insurance rates are based on that number. One is most effective and 10 is not effective at all. “We are a nine,” said Miller. He said rating factors include 40 percent water availability, ten percent communication, and 50 percent the fire facility itself.
“It wasn’t worth being reevaluated without water,” said Leindecker. “The process moves somewhat slowly.” Now that public water is in place, ISO officials are seeking specific information such as a fire hydrant map which Leindecker said is being created. “Once they get the hydrant map, the ball starts rolling,” he said. Once the ISO folks have all the information they need, they’ll begin a re-evaluation, said Leindecker.
• Council member Jeryne Peterson asked if speed bumps could be placed on Third Street when it’s repaved. She said traffic has been speeding along that street in particular.
Matheny said speed bumps couldn’t be placed on village streets. Council President Charlene Hayden asked if police could patrol Third Street more frequently. Peterson said she hoped citizens who are becoming involved with neighborhood crime watches would keep an eye on the street and report anyone they see breaking the law. “Get a license plate and turn them in,” she said.
• Licking County Community Development Manager Warren Weber said Tuesday that the village’s project to remove uninhabitable houses is “still going strong.” He said five more houses will be coming down soon, another one’s out to bid, and eight are awaiting an asbestos inspector’s report.
• Mayor Rick Baker said Jeff Siegler – Heritage Ohio’s director of revitalization – will meet with local officials at 6 p,m. on Monday, July 19 at the village hall to discuss possible ways to develop Buckeye Lake’s downtown area. Heritage Ohio is the Statewide Main Street Coordinating Program in Ohio, as designated by the National Main Street Center. Statewide Main Street coordinating programs assist cities and towns with downtown and neighborhood business district revitalization.