SHADYSIDE - The good news for village residents is the ongoing sewage and water line project is nearing completion.
Todd Schau with the Board of Public Affairs told council members during Monday's regular meeting that Ohio/W.Va. Excavating, the contractor tasked with line installation and cleanup, has a rough target end date of July 23 to have the majority of cleanup work completed.
One possible hangup with meeting that date will be the reseeding of grass torn up during installation.
SHADYSIDE VILLAGE Councilman John Tipton, left, and Councilwoman Connie Gross look over the proposed guidelines for residential handicapped parking during Monday’s bi-monthly village council meeting.
The recent rash of balmy weather and dry conditions have played havoc with planting.
"We had a meeting with the contractor and project engineers (recently) and we brought up the concerns of the residents," Schau said. "They residents have been extremely patient and they know in the long term, this will be beneficial to the village.
"But in the short term, there is dust and gravel and things are still torn up.
"They said most of the concrete work is done and they are looking to get started with blacktop."
Schau was also tasked with explaining the reasoning behind and ordinance requesting a supplemental loan, up to $300,000, to add to the current loan with the Ohio Water Develop Authority.
The additional funding would go toward three 10-inch valves. Originally, the board was looking at three insertion valves, but the cost was approximately $20,000 apiece.
These valves can be installed for $4,800 apiece.
Fellow board member Dave Stewart said the valves would be installed at night and the water will need to be shut off during installation. However, Stewart noted residents and businesses will be notified beforehand.
The major portion of the supplemental loan would go toward a new main line to be installed on Prospect St.
"These are items and issues that you have to get into the project in order to discover that they are needed," Schau said. "The good news is, when we first started planning for this project a few years ago, the (water) rates were adjusted accordingly and they were already set and won't need to be changed."
Schau noted because of contingency funds built into the original project, the additional work may not require all $300,000.
The three-reading rule on the ordinance was suspended after a motion from Councilman Tim Merryman and the legislation eventually passed by a 5-0 vote. Councilman Bud Melanko was absent.
The members voted 5-0 to give Mayor Bob Newhart and Police Chief Rusty Patt the ability to issue the spots utilizing the guidelines council members came up with:
1) The requester must have a qualifying medical condition.
2) There must be no access to off-street parking. Or, if off-street parking is available, it must be demonstrated that access to the requester's home is made easier from the front of the residence. Also, the space will be removed if the requester passes away, moves or forgets to complete the renewal.
3) There will be two types of spaces; a temporary space that runs for eight weeks and can be renewed once and a long-term space that must be renewed annually.
4) Finally, if the requester receives the space it is with the understanding that it is a public space and any driver with a proper handicapped placard is allowed to use it. These will not be personal parking spaces.
The next meeting of village council is slated for Monday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. inside the municipal building.
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