Walbridge gets street work grant
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 09 February 2013 09:07
WALBRIDGE - Persistence has paid off in the form of $209,000 for the village.
Mayor Ed Kolanko announced at Wednesday's council meeting that the village has received an Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement Grant, also known as Issue 1, to redo Union Street.
The village had tried several times to get this grant, which entails repaving, updating sewers and installing new curbs on Union Street from Main to Dixon streets. The village's share of the $418,000 project would be half, or $209,000.
Walbridge narrowly missed out on the grant last year.
The work will be done in 2014.
After the meeting, Kolanko said village reserves should cover its portion of the costs.
Kolanko also said at the meeting that the village is being fined $1,000 by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for not filing storm water management reports in 2010 and 2011.
Council unanimously approved paying the fine.
After the meeting, Kolanko said the village was notified through certified mail that the reports had not been filed. Kolanko said the filing should have been taken care of by former mayor Dan Wilczynski.
He said he was disappointed and "we're going to move forward and get some things tidied up."
Wilczynski forfeited the mayor's position last month. He had missed too many meetings over a two-year period.
At Kolanko's recommendation, council also hired Feller, Finch and Assoc., Maumee, to do the studies and submit the reports. Kolanko said he did not know their fee yet.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Heard the first reading on an ordinance that would raise speed limits in the village on some streets from 25 mph to 35 mph. The effected areas are from the CSX railroad tracks on South Main Street, south to the jurisdiction limits, and from the intersection of North Main and Elm streets, north to the jurisdiction limits. The change in speed limits from 35 mph in some areas to 25 mph throughout all of town was made last year after some residents asked about increasing them. The Ohio Department of Transportation said that the speed limits in the whole village had to be 25 mph.
• Officially approved 3 percent raises for all village employees. The ordinance had been on the agenda for two meetings, but could not be approved as an emergency measure without a full council.
• Will ask Feller, Finch and Assoc. to draw up specifications for street repairs on East Perry Street from Main to Dixon streets.
• Heard the parks, recreation and community events committee will meet Monday at 5 p.m. to discuss pool repairs.
• Heard the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments will do a free traffic count in the village which will allow Walbridge to collect a $5,000 safety grant from CSX Transportation. The grant will pay for high visibility tape on crossing guards, signage and other safety devices.
• Heard resident Larry Boday ask council to reconsider voting on a resolution that would require elected officials to be current on their taxes. The ordinance was proposed by Wilczynski, but tabled at the last meeting. Council president Jan Sawaya said if the ordinance passed, it would affect too many in the Senate and Congress, plus it is not illegal to owe the government money. Kolanko said now that the village has a full council, the resolution could go to the finance committee for discussion. New councilman Ron Liwo is the chairman of that committee.
• Read a thank-you letter from a woman who lives on the south side of the village and had a break-in last month. She praised Ptl. Matt Moreland for his courtesy and hard work in solving the case and returning her belongings.