Plans are being prepared for bidding a micro-seal paving project on North Miller Drive and surrounding side streets in the development behind McDonald’s, said Sunbury Consulting Engineer Wes Hall of CT Consultants during last Wednesday’s Village Council meeting.
The project will be completed with Ohio Public Works Commission grant money. Originally, the village had applied for an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant to mill and fill North Miller Drive and micro-seal the side streets in the surrounding development. The estimated $618,000 project, if it had been approved, would have included $331,000 in OPWC grant money, a $170,000 village share, and a $116,000 interest-free OPWC loan.
In mid-December the village received a phone call from the OPWC indicating that the $331,000 grant amount was not available; the village was asked if it would accept a $102,000 grant.
During the December 21 Sunbury Village Council meeting, council members agreed to an adjustment the village’s 2017 paving in the North Miller Drive area. The new plan was to micro-seal all of the streets instead of a complete re-paving of North Miller Drive. The revised $184,712 project is now composed of a $102,000 OPWC Grant, a village match of $52,190, and a $30,612 interest-free OPWC Loan.
Hall told council members on May 3 it’s time to start thinking about a 2018 OPWC Grant application.
“We need to put together a shortlist of potential projects for next year,” Hall said. “Applications are due the first Friday in October. You’ve been doing mostly streets, but you can also apply for OPWC grants to do sewer projects.”
Hall said one possible paving project could be done on Barleycorn Drive, and a potential sewer project could be in the Cheshire Road area.
Hall also noted that to get maximum points grant applications should show a 26 percent local match and a no interest OPWC Loan request.
The Cherry Street/Columbus Street storm sewer project will be underway as soon as semi-tractor-trailer traffic rerouting arrangements are complete, Hall said.
When the new storm sewer is functional it will divert water from an older storm sewer that travels from behind the businesses along Vernon Street, and abandon the old storm sewer west of Columbus Street that is failing. Law General Contracting out of St. Louisville, Ohio, is completing the $183,235 project, also partially funded by the 2017 OPWC grant.
In other business, Sunbury PD Sergeant Alexander presented an update of the department’s aging handheld radios essential for officer use when outside of a cruiser.
During a previous council meeting, council members discussed purchasing all new radios to replace the department’s 16 radios, two of which are non-functional.
Last Wednesday Sgt Alexander said 11 of the radios used by the Sunbury PD were originally purchased by Delaware County 911.
“Delaware County plans to replace radios in the next two years as funds become available,” Alexander said. “When they do, we’ll have to return the 11 radios to the county.”
Alexander said four Sunbury PD radios must be encrypted models; that the 11 radios belonging to the county are not encrypted and would be replaced with non-encrypted models.
“If the county gives us 11 radios we could purchase six more from the police department impact fee, four of them encrypted,” said Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield.
Hatfield explained that monies from the village’s impact fee could not be used for replacing existing equipment; that impact fee funds could only be used for additional assets needed because of village growth.
Council members Tim Gose and Joe Gochenour, both members of council’s Parks & Safety Committee, reported that the recent village fishing derby at the up-ground reservoirs was a success, in spite of inclement weather.
“There were 165 registered kids, about 250 people,” Gose said. “I think Allen (Rothermel), Rhonda (Mourne), and the volunteers from Sunbury Christian Church did an excellent job.”
Gochenour said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources stocked the reservoirs with 750 trout.
He said folks could still fish the reservoirs, but the rules are catch and release except for the trout.
“The reservoirs are not deep enough and cold enough for trout to live through the summer,” Gochenour said.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.