Council maps paving work

BARNESVILLE – Barnesville’s main downtown arteries will be noticeably improved after a paving project this spring.

At Monday night’s meeting Village Administrator Roger Deal told council members that the Ohio Department of Transportation is beginning their paving project on East Main, South Chestnut to West Pike and Leatherwood. ODOT has given Deal July 31st as a completion date.

Council voted to move forward on the proposed waterline replacements project, also, by authorizing a permit to install at $1,725. Deal says the replacements should be done before any paving can begin, and some of the roads slated are in need of paving now. The waterline replacement project has an estimated cost of just over $450,000.

Deal and council discussed the waterline extension project on Ohio 800 and possibilities for expanding the Joint Economic Development District there. There are two businesses in that area who have requested water service since the taps have been installed. Council approved hooking both businesses into the service.

Regarding the JEDD district, the engineering firm ADR has prepared some ideas as part of the industrial park sewer project feasibility study. Members scheduled a work session for Monday, April 28 at 5 p.m. in the village administrator’s office.

Council members also decided to review two other possible future projects. Residents on Roosevelt Rd. have asked about street lighting. Deal noted that only part of the road lies within corporate limits. Councilman John Jefferis asked members if they could revisit sanitary sewer installation on Bethesda St. Councilman Tim McKelvey responded that he didn’t want to force people to take sewer service if they don’t want it, but added that it would be great for the residents if they did choose to add the service.

Other agenda items dealt with the fire department. Council approved an annual emergency medical services contract with the Belmont County Board of Commissioners pursuant to Ohio Revised Code. Barnesville Fire Department and Emergency Squad receives $6,500 with this contract.

Chief Bob Smith told council that he is enlisting the assistance of Ohio Mid-East Governments Association (OMEGA) in applying for a 50/50 matching grant for an emergency generator. The natural gas generator would cover both the fire department and e-squad buildings at a cost of $20,641.

Members authorized Chief Smith to research and purchase a replacement vehicle for the department’s Ford Expedition after the engine blew.

Council also gave the go-ahead to Police Chief Dave Norris to proceed with ordering a Chevrolet Tahoe for the police department. The vehicle was previously appropriated in the budget.

Deal informed council that the present arrangement of purchasing gasoline through a State contract is not working out. The new supplier is having difficulty delivering the gas to the Village in a timely manner, and the town has run out of gas several times. Council authorized Deal to put a local supplier bid package together and advertise a request for quotes. Last year the town’s fuel cost for all departments was $97, 560.

Organizers of the recent Rotary Lake Park trail run donated $500 from race proceeds to the Village for park trail improvements and maintenance. The race is the first of three Ohio Valley Grand Prix races held annually in Barnesville. Deal noted that a new trail, the Park Lake Trail, is under construction, and approximately one-third of it should be complete this week.

Also at Memorial Park, wall repairs at the youth center are underway, and BARK at the Park will be held Saturday, April 26 beginning at 10 a.m. Volunteers will be planting replacement trees and doing general spring clean-up. There will also be family activities throughout the day.

In accordance with new Ohio Revised Code, council approved Ordinance #3660 creating a new fund from traffic violation fees to assist those who cannot pay for drivers’ interlock and alcohol monitoring systems for their vehicles.

Three building permits were approved for 137 Bethesda St., 390 Dewey and 626 S. Gardner. Pay Ordinance #8 was also approved in the amount of $96,638.85.

The Barnesville village council meets every other Monday at 7 p.m.

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