Ohio Department of Transportation set to begin State Route 97 construction


Council confirms project at Oct. 20 meeting

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin their construction effort along the village’s stretch of State Route 97, where erosion has become a cause for concern.

The project is slated to begin the week of Oct. 26 and will pose a minor traffic issue, as the village is set to re-route car traffic along the state route.

“ODOT will provide the equipment and manpower,” said Village Administrator Larry Weirich. “We are just going to provide a car only detour and some traffic control.”

Trucks heading west out the village will be allowed to continue through the construction zone.

Allocating the funding for the project has been discussed amongst council members since the route’s reconstruction was first mentioned.

“Our new village admin made it easier for ODOT and for us, so won’t have to spend any of our own money aside from traffic control,” confirmed Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks at the Oct. 20 council meeting.

The village initially was going to be forced to fund part of the project.

Weirich also updated council about the proposed Greenbrier Lift Station construction project, which is still in its approval stages.

“The Ohio EPA has approved our PTI (permit to install),” said Weirich. “This should allow OWDA (Ohio Water Development Authority) to approve our loan application this month.”

Additionally Banks, officially set the date and time for the village’s Halloween Parade stating that it will take place following trick-or-treat in Bellville, which is slated for 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. The parade will commence at 7 p.m.

Council also heard from Reed Richmond of Richland Public Health, who informed members of the upcoming November ballot issue that approves the funding for the county organization. Richland Public Health is responsible for numerous community health initiatives such as free immunizations and health screenings, as well as the county’s mosquito maintenance program.

“Our services are available to all Richland County residents,” said Richmond. “The levy on November’s ballot will not increase taxes and will continue to allow us to extend our services to all of our citizens.”

Richmond reiterated that the ballot proposal was to renew the current tax and not to approve a new one.

Zach Jones | The Star

Council discusses the upcoming November ballot issue that would renew Richland Public Health’s tax le

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Council discusses the upcoming November ballot issue that would renew Richland Public Health’s tax le

Council confirms project at Oct. 20 meeting

By Zach Jones

zjones@civitasmedia.com

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