Haskins teams up to get road repaired PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:44
HASKINS - The village has voted to enter into a grant application with other local towns to make improvements to Liberty Hi Road.
The measure was passed unanimously at a special meeting held Tuesday evening.
"We've been trying for years to get Liberty Hi done, and we don't rank high enough on the point system to get it," said Councilwoman Ashley Brooks of the plan, noting that the collective effort might be more fruitful.
The application to the State Capital Improvement Program and Local Transportation Improvement Program is to be submitted by the Wood County Engineer's Office on behalf of Haskins and at least five other area villages, including Weston. Liberty Hi Road borders Haskins on its western edge.
Estimates by Maumee civil engineering firm Feller & Finch presented at the meeting said that the cost of pavement improvements on Liberty Hi between Mary Street and King Road, and between Mary Street and Greenwood Drive, could total more than $296,000.
In the application, the villages are to match a portion of the funds being asked for. The council voted to seek funding only for the stretch between Mary and Greenwood at this time - costing $117,900 - and further agreed that they would commit, if approved, to matching 40 percent of the cost, or just over $47,000.
Councilwoman Nancy Perry said that, even with a $75,000 emergency fund set aside in the budget, the village would still be able to put $56,000 towards the project.
"In theory and on paper, it looks like a great plan," said Village Administrator Colby Carroll.
The application must be submitted by Sept. 6, but the next regular council meeting was not slated until Sept. 9, necessitating the special meeting.
In other village business, the council heard an update from Carroll regarding the progress of plans for a new village hall, which is to be built on the site of the former Haskins Elementary School.
Carroll noted that contact is being made with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the project, and there are plans to do necessary soil testing for the site. Feller & Finch is additionally working with the village to see what funding options may be available from varying governmental agencies and entities.
"It's just going to move very slow," said Treasurer Lisa Heft.

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