Rayland walking track undergoes renovation

RAYLAND – Learning of a large cost reduction in walking track upgrading in Rayland, Village Administrator Richard Bibbo said, “The last few years, we’ve been touched by an angel.”

The village was approved for a $3,750 recreational grant from the Jefferson County commissioners, and plans had been made to use it to improve the walking track which, in one section, was hazardous because of tree roots pushing through the asphalt.

Bibbo said in addition to that problem, the walking track in Mazeroski Park had numerous cracks.

The problems had been discussed by Mayor Tammy Morelli and Bibbo with Greg McPherson, owner of Black Diamond Paving, which had submitted a proposal of $7,200 to handle the work.

Bibbo reported the owner said the company wanted to work with the village and decided to do the whole job for $3,750, the amount of the grant. The paving company, located in Rayland, is donating part of the costs of labor and materials to the village.

Noting he thought the paving company deserved recognition for its work, Bibbo said, “Their generosity is greatly appreciated by the village of Rayland.”

In addition to filling the numerous cracks on the track, workers from the company are remedying the problem on the hazardous section. The entire track, which extends for a fifth of a mile through the park named for baseball great Bill Mazeroski, is being sealed by Black Diamond Paving.

After work began on the walking track, McPherson told village officials that the basketball court at the park also needed to be sealed, and that work would be done by Black Diamond Paving at no cost to the village.

Another evidence of the “angelic intervention,” according to Bibbo, is the $700,000 stimulus grant received a few years ago for a waterline replacement project on Main, Church and Highland streets as well as parts of Cleveland and Diamond streets in the village. Bibbo said the village’s grant application for that project was the only one approved in Jefferson County for funding through the federal government stimulus grant.

He also pointed out it was the largest single grant ever received by Rayland.