Walbridge traffic issues to be eased PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:09
WALBRIDGE - Driving in and out of the village should get much easier this week.
At last week's council meeting, a Columbia Gas representative said work is wrapping up on a gas line that has closed Union Street at the railroad tracks since July 29.
Jason Copsey, external affairs specialist in communications, said the planned repair is on schedule.
He added that a flagger has been working the crossing, trying to let as many vehicles through as safely as possible.
The traffic situation in the village has been compounded due to the Wales Road closure. That road, between Oram and East Broadway roads, is closed through next month as the Ohio Department of Transportation constructs two overpasses. The $12.3 million project brings together Drouillard and Wales roads.
In other road business at the Aug. 21 meeting, council also agreed to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for Union Street improvements, from Dixon to Martindale streets. This is a $500,000 project with a 50-percent match from the village.
The village received an OPWC State Capital Improvement Grant for $209,000 earlier this year for work on Union Street, from Main to Dixon streets. The funding is also known as Issue 1.
This is also a 50-percent matching grant, with Walbridge paying another $209,000 for the work, which will be done next year.
After the meeting, Mayor Ed Kolanko was asked if the Ohio Attorney General's Office had responded to the village's request for an opinion on whether Police Chief Kenneth Frost can also be the village's administrator.
Kolanko said he received a call from the office with some general questions. When he asked about a time frame for getting an opinion, the representative said there was none.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Approved spending $31,515 to complete curb improvements on Parkview Drive. Bowers Asphalt and Paving, Walbridge, will do the work.
• Heard the third and final reading of an ordinance leasing two copiers for the office and police station for $251 a month for 60 months with MT Business Technologies Inc., Holland. Kolanko has said the copiers will allow employees to store records electronically, making the offices more efficient. The motion to approve the ordinance was unanimous.
• Heard late-night mosquito spraying will continue in the village, after the issue was discussed by the Infrastructure, Buildings and Lands Committee. Larry Boday, who is running for council in November, complained at the last meeting about the noise in the evening.
• Heard the Infrastructure Committee also report it is discussing possibly vacating or blocking the east-west alley between the library and the former coffee shop because it is a safety hazard.
• Heard brush pickup will be Oct. 7 to 11.
• Set committee meetings at the village hall for Personnel and Human Resources, Wednesday at 6 p.m., and Parks, Recreation and Community Events, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

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