Council approves 2016 paving grant request

By Lenny C. Lepola -

The village of Sunbury will seek a state grant for a 2016 paving project.

During the Sept. 30 Village Council meeting, council members approved a resolution that allows Sunbury’s consulting engineer, Wes Hall, CT Consultants, to file an Ohio Public Works Commission grant request for the project.

The $515,000 project, if the grant request is approved, would pave Otis Street, Rainbow Avenue and a stretch of East Cherry Street, east of Morning Street.

Hall said the local match would be $180,000, an interest-free OPWC loan would be $85,000, and the remainder of the project cost would be funded by a $250,000 OPWC grant.

“The loan being 25 percent of the grant amount gives us 12 points,” Hall said. “Those streets are in pretty bad shape and are cracking. It would be a full-depth mill, a scratch course, fabric, plus asphalt and a full-depth edge repair.”

Because 2016 OPWC grant requests were due last week, council members approved the resolution during its first reading with a suspension of the rules and emergency language.

In other business, council member Dave Miller, who chairs council’s IT committee, said two existing TVs used in council chambers — one pointed at the audience and one at council members — should both be directed at the audience. He recommended either a 90-inch TV for council members, or iPads.

“We could get seven refurbished iPads for council, and use WebEx,” Miller said.

WebEx, a Cisco company, provides on-demand collaboration, online meeting, web conferencing and videoconferencing applications.

Mayor Tommy Hatfield said the iPad option would not require wiring, and council members could log on with the iPad even when absent from meetings.

Attorney D.J. Young, sitting in for village solicitor David Brehm, said council members could log on and watch meetings if they were not present, but they could not vote unless physically present in chambers.

Wes Hall said he is aware of another problem with using iPads for meeting purposes.

“With tablets and small screens you’re going to have difficulty seeing graphics, especially detailed drawing for zoning purposes,” Hall said. “No matter which option you decide on, you’re never going to have a perfect fit.”

In other business, Village Administrator Alan Rothermel said a resident had asked him about the village’s vicious dog law.

“What we have now was passed in 1991 and it’s breed-specific,” Rothermel said. “A lot of places have gone to breed-neutral laws, stressing owner responsibility. We should discuss that (and) see what other communities are doing.”

Rothermel also said that the village-owned, former Breece property at 102 Rainbow Ave. would be auctioned off at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.

The minimum bid will be $25,000. Chip Carpenter will be the auctioneer. There will be two open houses – Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 28, both from 5 to 6 p.m.

Rothermel also said a full-time maintenance position with the village will be posted until Friday, Oct. 16.

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093