2013-03-02 / News

Failing streets get some attention at meeting

By Scott Rawdon

Mayor Rick Baker administers the oath of office to Michelle McComick. She will serve out the rest of Kaye Hartman’s term ending Dec. 31, 2013. Courtesy photo. Mayor Rick Baker administers the oath of office to Michelle McComick. She will serve out the rest of Kaye Hartman’s term ending Dec. 31, 2013. Courtesy photo. BUCKEYE LAKE – Whether the cause is short term or long term, the result is the same: Buckeye Lake Village’s streets are falling into disrepair, just a couple years after being completely resurfaced following the installation of public water distribution system.

“What can we expect to see in terms of street repair,” former Buckeye Lake Village Council member Peggy Wells asked council members Monday night. “The streets were not going to last. That part has come through,” she said.

Roughly six months after the installation of a public water distribution system and subsequent repaving, the village’s streets began crumbling. Contractor ChemCote paved the streets for $756,000, but generally failed to apply a bond or tack coat to the existing surface or clean the roadway in front of the paver. Both steps were specified in the contract and represent industry best practices. They are critical steps to get the new asphalt to stick to the existing surface.

As a result, heavily traveled areas, particularly Cranberry Lane, quickly suffered damage. A ChemCote crew returned to on July 20, 2011, for about a half day of repairs on Cranberry Lane. The crew ground up asphalt in the two areas where the paving had completely broken through to dirt. After a quick sweep, a new layer of asphalt – without a tack or bond coat – was applied to the deficient and in some areas, nonexistent base. Village personnel said ChemCote would not return after completing those repairs.

Street Supervisor Mark Dymek said Monday night that the village’s street problems predate ChemCote. “We have some in-depth problems,” He said. “They started a long time ago. The streets have never been up to par.”

He said when the streets were repaved following waterline installation, the paving company milled one and a half inches from the surface, then applied a two inch layer of asphalt. “The company didn’t do the work below the street,” said Dymek. He said there were large chunks of old surfaces beneath the milled surface and the new overlay simply didn’t have a solid enough base to support it for any length of time. “We may not have done the best we could’ve done,” he said, adding that the new surface may have been better off the old surface wasn’t milled before the asphalt was applied.

Dymek said some sections of village streets were paved wider than the original street. “That fell apart immediately,” he said. Dymek said he has no solution to fix Buckeye Lake’s streets that’s “cheap.” He believes underground springs contribute to street damage. Dymek believes the problems with village streets date back 50 years.

“I understand the roads have been a problem for a long time, but that doesn’t dismiss mismanagement of the paving project,” Wells added. She said Dymek wasn’t allowed to have oversight of the most recent repaving project. Wells said the former village council didn’t authorize money for a few storm water collection basins. “We had guys who were going to do it for free – big mismanagement,” she said.

Council member Arletta Ruton said council members would try to have ideas for solutions at the next council meeting.

Mayor Rick Baker said Wednesday that Buckeye Lake, like any other village, must repair its streets as necessary. “There are going to be problems with some of the streets,” particularly after freezing and thawing weather, he said. “Everything we do is money related,” and Baker is skeptical that a street levy would be approved. “We need revenue to solve these things. It’s a struggle.”

In other village news:

• Baker swore in Beacon Light Lane resident Michelle “Mickey” McCormick to fill the vacancy on council when Kaye Hartman resigned Jan. 31. Her term ran through the rest of the year. According to her application, Mc- Cormick has lived in the village for more than two years and has owned property in the village for over 10 years. She is a member of the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association and the Cranberry Bay Homeowners Association. She’s been president of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church’s Mt. Carmel Lights, and past secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Eagles #2801 Buckeye Lake.

As to why she applied, Mc- Cormick said, “I want to know how the village council operates, how it affects the dynamics of the village, and how I can contribute to making Buckeye Lake and even greater place to live.” She was the only applicant.

• Council member Gerry Neff presented council with the rules committee’s proposal for responding to citizens’ comments at council meetings. Some citizens were frustrated with the council policy of not immediately responding to comments or questions.

According to the new policy approved Monday night, a resident has three minutes to make a comment or pose a question during citizens’ comments. If a question is asked, the council president will refer it to the chair of the most appropriate council committee or to the mayor.

At the end of the meeting during council comments, the assigned council member would either answer the question to the best of his or her ability or prepare an answer for the following council meeting. If the answer is postponed, it will be presented during the “old business” section of the following meeting.

Although a member of the rules committee, council member Barry Herron was the only negative vote on whether to implement the procedure. “I just don’t think we should have the answer right then and there,” he said Wednesday, adding that discussions between council and citizens can become unruly and time consuming. “It’ll cause more havoc,” he said. “I don’t think it’ll solve our problem.” Herron prefers to answer citizens’ questions at the following meeting and avoiding heated exchanges.

• Former council member Brenda Hileman said she applauded Baker, Herron, and council member Clay Carroll for meeting with Hebron officials to discuss the possibility of Buckeye Lake contracting with Hebron for EMS services.

An in-depth study by The Beacon revealed large gaps in the Buckeye Lake Fire Department’s part-time paid staffing schedule that affect response times and patient care. Village administration and department officials have struggled to agree upon solutions.

Baker said Wednesday that Buckeye Lake and Hebron officials are developing cost estimates for EMS service. “What’s the most cost effective for (Buckeye Lake),” said Baker. He said Buckeye Lake’s resources are limited. The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Hebron Municipal Complex.

• Clerk of Council Valerie Hans said beginning March 11, Canal Road would be closed for 30 days for construction and some of its traffic will be diverted through Buckeye Lake Village.

ODOT District 5 spokesperson

Michelle Croom said major improvements for the Canal Road overpass and the I-70 and Ohio 79 interchange are scheduled for this construction season. She said the interchange project will reconfigure the existing cloverleaf interchange at I-70 and Ohio 79 to a parclo (1/2 clover leaf) interchange by eliminating the southeast and the northwest loops. New signals will be installed at the Ohio 79 intersections with the ramps.

Croom said this project is scheduled to sell on April 25 for an estimated cost of $2.6 million, with a completion date of Nov. 30. Occasional roadway and ramp closures will occur, as needed.

Croom said the I-70 overpass over Canal Road will be replaced and widened. Work includes resurfacing of roughly 450 feet of Canal Road. Work is scheduled to start March 4 and to be competed October 31, 2014, weather permitting.

The cost of the project is $10.6 million. Two lanes of traffic on I-70 will be maintained, with occasional nighttime lane closures. Canal Road will be closed for 30 days beginning March 11.

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