Groveport plans street improvements: plus annual donation to Motts Museum renewed


By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Several streets in Groveport will receive improvements this summer.

According to Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst, the city is contracting with Columbus Asphalt Paving, Inc., for the city’s 2016 Street Program. The $480,000 contract will include the following street and sidewalk improvements:

•Milling and repaving, along with some curb repairs, for College Street from Main Street to Wirt Road;
•Milling and repaving, along with some curb repairs, for Walnut Street from Main Street to Wirt Road;
•Milling and repaving, along with some curb repairs, for Cherry Street from West Street to Wirt Road;
•Crack sealing streets in various subdivisions;
•Striping on Commerce Center Drive and Saltzgaber Road;
•Extending the Main Street sidewalk in front of Groveport Elementary west through the grassy area along the street  to meet the school’s driveway;
•The completion of the sidewalk from Heritage Park to Main Street along the south side of Wirt Road.

“The area residents are excited about the Wirt Road sidewalk project,” said Farst.

As part of that sidewalk project, he said the schoolyard fence at Groveport Elementary along Wirt Road will have to be moved back to accommodate the sidewalk. Farst also noted that concrete aprons will be put in place extending from the street to meet the sidewalk at Wirt Road driveways.

Farst said the street improvement work is expected to begin in mid- to late-May and is estimated to be completed by Labor Day.

Yard waste collection in Groveport

Residential yard waste in the city of Groveport is collected by Local Waste Services, Inc., on Mondays beginning at 7 a.m. Residents should have yard waste in biodegradable brown paper bags or in containers clearly marked, “Yard Waste Only.” Stickers are available at the receptionist desk at the Groveport Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St.  Yard waste should be set a few feet away from other materials to clearly identify it as it will be collected separately from the other trash on the same day.

Mosquito control

The city of Groveport has contracted with Franklin County Public Health for mosquito control in 2016. According to city officials, Franklin County Public Health uses an integrated pest management control approach with a public health focus to reduce and control disease carrying mosquitos. To report an area of concern or for information visit or call the Franklin County Mosquito Bite Line at (614) 525-2483 (BITE).

Motts Military Museum donation

Groveport City Council approved legislation to renew its annual donation to Motts Military Museum.

Ten years ago council pledged to donate $25,000 per year for 10 years to Motts Military Museum in order to ensure the expansion and continued operation of the museum. That agreement has now expired.

Council renewed the donation agreement for five years at $25,000 per year with money from the city’s general fund financed through its budget for community service grants. The annual donation will be made to the museum for the next five years beginning in January 2017.

The agreement states the museum makes “significant historical and cultural contributions” to the city, but it also states the museum must operate within the city corporation limits and that the agreement is “contingent upon the continued purchase of property and/or the expansion of the facility.”

Motts Military Museum, located at 5075 S. Hamilton Road in Groveport, houses artifacts from all of America’s wars. The museum receives visitors from around the world. The museum has 757 members from 30 states as well as 70 volunteers who help maintain the facility, according to Motts. In addition to other events, the museum also participates in area Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and 9-11 ceremonies.

Motts Military Museum Director Warren Motts said the museum also has the largest collection of 9-11 artifacts outside of Ground Zero in New York. He said plans are to build a new $2.5 million building addition for the museum on the vacant lot just north of the existing museum.

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