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Streets will be open during stormwater project

BUCKEYE LAKE – Jobes Henderson & Associates, Inc. engineers assured Buckeye Lake Village Council members that most streets would maintain at least one lane of traffic during a storm water project, with one exception.

Engineer Scott Haines told council members Monday night that 6th Avenue would experience “rolling closure,” meaning that residents could still reach their homes, but the part of the street would be closed to through traffic because the new drainage lines would be installed right down the middle. The project is scheduled to begin in April.

The storm water drainage project extends south along Hebron Road from the village limit to Highland Avenue and then from Hebron Road east along 6th Avenue and then south on North Street. The system will continue to discharge into Waste Weir Run near the Buckeye Lake Fire Station.

To fund the project, the village will receive about $358,000 from an Ohio Public Works Commission grant, a roughly $119,000 no interest loan, and the village would contribute around $25,000 toward the project, which will replace 3,688 feet of storm water tile and 22 existing storm water structures with 26 new catch basins.

“The storm sewer improvement project will go out to bid February 23 with bids opening in March. We anticipate construction starting the beginning of April,” said Jobes Henderson engineer Susan Derwacter.

She said the storm sewer would be placed down the center of 6th Avenue because the existing water and sanitary sewer lines are along the pavement edges. Derwacter said that to construct, the contractor will close a portion of the street, construct inside the closed area, and once backfilled the contractor will move to the next section – rolling closure. The contractor is to maintain driveway access at all times.

Haines said 6th Avenue will “get a whole new street,” after the work is completed down its centerline.

Derwacter said a sidewalk project on Hebron Road would begin in June. On the east side of Hebron Road the curb and sidewalk will extend from Myers to Highland and on the west side from 4th to 5th avenues. The engineers are also going to add an alternate bid along the west side from 5th to 6th avenues just in case the bids come in low enough for that to be included. “(Ohio 79) may be a bit of a bear this spring and summer,” said Derwacter.

Council member Kaye Hartman said the project needs to cleaned up by July 3, when Ohio 79 will be packed with people heading to the BLASST fireworks display, or begin construction afterward. “That’s the biggest weekend of the year,” said Hartman.

In other council news:

• Buckeye Lake Museum Director J-me Braig asked council members if the museum could have $2,000 from the village’s bed tax for tourism – specifically advertising. “It’s strictly for the purchase of ads,” she said.

Braig also gave council member Clay Carroll a petition signed by people who support installing crosswalks within the village.

• Council members passed an ordinance authorizing the village to enter into a lease agreement with LEADS Community Action Agency for a one year lease on the property at 41 First Street, the Buckeye Lake Library’s former location, to become a food pantry operation.

“I think that’s a really good use of that space,” said Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Marianne Perine. But, she faulted the village for not contacting the Buckeye Lake Humane Society, which wanted to use the space for a spay and neuter clinic.

“My apologies about the humane society,” said Hartman. She said the library was still a tenant at the time of the request. “I’m sorry we didn’t get back to (you).” She said the village didn’t mean to snub the humane society.

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