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Construction to begin on Reynoldsburg path
Construction will begin next spring on a one-mile-long, multi-use path at Civic Park.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) informed Reynoldsburg in April that the city would receive $425,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the path.
At that time, the project entailed a "C"-shaped path, 10 feet wide that pedestrians, cyclists and skaters could share.
After council expressed disappointment that the path would not form a complete circle, city staff redesigned the project to create a loop, Parks Director Jason Shamblin said.
On Oct. 5, Shamblin and City Engineer Jim Miller approached the council with the new design and a request to spend $2,000 from the engineering fund to advertise for bids.
Council President William Hills said he was displeased that the final design differed from the path council originally approved.
"We're always the last to know," Hills said.
Shamblin said that council approved the plan in a preliminary stage open to changes.
Along with Miller, Shamblin changed the design because of council's concern that the path was a "trail to nowhere," Shamblin said.
Hills said he had no problem with the new design, but council should have been informed of the change.
He continued to chastise Shamblin and Miller until Mayor Brad McCloud interrupted.
"I can't stand this," McCloud said. "You wanted to see (the finished plan) and here it is."
Councilman Mel Clemens criticized the mayor for his outburst.
"You don't interrupt the president of council when he is speaking," Clemens said. "(The project) is going out to bid. He has the right to ask the question."
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