Groveport to extend bike path; plus other city news

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

There may soon be a new bike trail connection in Groveport.

On April 9, Groveport City Council authorized city officials to apply for an Ohio NatureWorks grant to help fund the construction of an asphalt bicycle/leisure path to connect the Bixford Green subdivision to the nearby Blacklick Trail at Three Creeks Metro Park.

Council appropriated $207,400 in the 2018 budget for the proposed path. Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall said the grant, if received, could fund up to 75 percent of the cost of the project.

Hall said the path’s route has not been determined yet and the estimated cost could be between $142,000 and $180,000. The path could range from approximately 860 to 920 feet in length depending on its location. It could connect through Reserve “A” of Bixford Green between Phillips Run and Three Creeks Park. City officials said the path would enter from the intersection of Phillips Run and Peach Canyon Drive. Reserve “A” is owned by the Bixford Green Association and the city is working on a lease agreement for the path with the association.

According to Hall, if the city receives the grant, engineering for the project would occur in 2018 and the path would be built in the spring of 2019.

When asked if the project would proceed if the grant is not received, Hall said that would depend upon council approval.

Water line project
Council passed legislation to authorize the issuance of $775,000 in bonds to fund the city’s 2018 water line replacement and improvement project.

The project involves new 8 inch diameter water mains along the following streets: Seymour Street, Crescent Drive, Delane Road (north of Elm Street), and Hanstein Place (Crescent Drive to Elm Street).

“Along the streets mentioned in the Hanstein Addition are existing 4 inch water mains. These will be retired and abandoned in place,” said Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst.

Water line improvements will also be made along College Street. It will involve switching many water customers’ water services over to a larger diameter existing 16 inch diameter water main along College Street, from Main Street to Grove Street.

“If bids are good, additional water system connections to that water main will occur and allow the city to retire and abandon in place, an older existing 6 inch diameter water main,” said Farst.

Farst said construction could begin in April and be completed before Aug. 1.

The project does not include any work on sewer lines.

Medical marijuana moratorium
Council is considering extending the medical marijuana moratorium it enacted last year, and which will expire May 24, for an additional year.

“While the program is supposed to be fully operational by Sept. 8, there have been issues setting up the state program,” wrote Hall in a report to council. “The moratorium will allow us time to review the program once it is fully functioning. We will also be reviewing changes to the zoning code this summer and it would be helpful for this to be part of changes made to the code.”

Councilman Scott Lockett said he is not in favor of extending the moratorium, stating he does not want the city to discourage potential medical marijuana businesses from locating in Groveport. He said the city could address each business situation as it arises.

“I don’t want to squelch potential businesses,” said Lockett. “A moratorium prevents us from considering these business proposals.”

Council will discuss the issue further at its April 23 committee meeting.

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