Village committee looks at needed 2017 projects

BELLVILLE — Village council members in charge of upkeep of streets and sidewalks are going to have to consider improvements in several areas in 2017, members of the Streets and Sidewalks committee were told Wednesday.

A section of Hamilton Drive is in need of repair and an engineer’s estimate says that project could cost $90,000, village administraton Larry Weirich told committee members.

The village is also going to have to come up with an ordinance which deals with a request from the Clear Fork School District to reconfigure certain sections of School Street. The school board has asked if parts of the street, which abuts school property, can be cut down so that access to and exit from the new building can be accomplished.

The school board has been told that setting up the area to insure safety requires cutting on several sections of the street so that an exit lane from the building can be properly built.

A new elementary school building is planned for the site where the old structure sits. To come up with a plan so that a new building sits properly, a number of measures have had to take place. The building needs to sit far enough off the flood plain, which runs along the Clear Fork River.

Weirich told committee members parts of Hamilton Drive are in “really bad shape.” Trenching needs to be done under drains, and all catch basins need to be replaced, Weirich said. After all that work is done two inches of new asphalt needs to be put in place.

Weirich told the committee the Ohio Department of Transportation is planning on paving State Route 97 this summer, going all through the village. A specific date for the construction project has not been given, he said.

The village is looking at getting a new dump truck, plus a second stand-up mower.

A beautification project is in the works for the area around the intersection State Route 97 and State Route 13, Mayor Teri Brenkus told committee members. Village officials have put together a plan with Liberty Gardens to build a large flower bed outside Fred’s Garage, which sits at the intersection.

Brenkus said an application is being done for a grant to do the work.