Buckeye Lake adding more water lines with stimulus funds
BUCKEYE LAKE – Some 1,700 feet of water lines should be extended along Hunts Landing Road early next year.
“To put this material in now is beneficial to the village,” ME Companies designer Jack Christy told Buckeye Lake Village Council Monday night. Before Buckeye Lake Village installed a public water distribution system last year, the Licking County Water and Waste Water Department planned to install enough water lines to serve 100 sites at the Landings at Maple Bay development – which is now on indefinite hold due to its bankruptcy filing – near Hunts Landing Road. However, now that the village has its own public water supply, the county will not provide water to the Hunts Landing Road area. Christy told council that the village has the means to extend service to that area as long as the job is under contract by the end of this year.
Council President Charlene Hayden said installing the Hunts Landing Road water line is important to complete a water line loop.
Mayor Rick Baker explained that the existing water lines dead ends The Hunts Landing Road water line would connect the dead ends to allow the village to turn the water off at one end and still have uninterrupted water access from the other direction if there is a break in the line sometime in the future or repairs are needed.
Christy explained the village has access to roughly $479,000 of federal stimulus money remaining from the $5 million allocated for Buckeye Lake’s public water distribution system. However, Ohio Governor-Elect John Kasich has said stimulus money left over from completed projects may be diverted to other projects once he takes office Jan. 1. Christy said the 1,700 feet of water line along Hunts Landing Road would cost approximately $123,000 and stimulus money could pay for most of it as long as the job is contracted by the end of this year. Once it’s under contract, the state can’t divert its funding.
Water Tech Toby Miller said the entire process would only affect one customer’s water service.
In other village news: • Parks and Recreation Commission member Annetta Macedonia told council members in an email that a four-person steering committee has been formed to put together the Main Street USA program for Buckeye Lake. The program addresses downtown development and how community members would like the downtown to look in the future.
In August, some community members met with Frank Quinn, associate director of revitalization for Heritage Ohio, the Statewide Main Street Coordinating Program in Ohio, to discuss the program and the village’s future. Creating the steering committee was an important early step.
According to Macedonia’s email, the steering committee includes Macedonia, Buckeye Lake Museum Director J-me Braig, village council member A. Kaye Hartman, and PetPlex owner Dr. Doug Poorman.
Macedonia said several conditions must be met before a community can designate itself as a Main Street USA program. With that in mind, the committee will contact the Main Street organiza tion and ask about the application process and cost, setting goals, establishing an organization, fund raising to hire a parttime staff if necessary, creating volunteer committees (which is partially complete), and establishing a board of directors to carry out the work.
Macedonia said she contacted Jenny Barger, the executive director of the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Main Street USA program to learn more about how it got started. Barger said she would send information.
Macedonia said that during the next several weeks, steering committee members would familiarize themselves with the vast amounts of information available about the Main Street USA program. “It’s our hope that others who are interested in getting involved will do the same,” she said.
The committee’s next meeting is Jan. 13, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Lake Museum.