Improvements planned for State Route 256

By Dustin Ensinger
Staff Writer

A major thoroughfare in Reynoldsburg is slated for improvements in 2015.

State Route 256 is scheduled to be resurfaced and restriped this year thanks to a partnership between the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The city’s finance committee sent a measure on to full council at their Feb. 2 meeting to allow Mayor Brad McCloud to enter into a contract with the road agency to partner in the project.

The work will include the area from Farmsbury Road to the municipal boundary. More extensive work will be done on the roadway in the city of Pickerington.

Overall, the project is expected to cost more than $1 million. The city of Reynoldsburg will cover $105,572 for the work, according to Service Director Nathan Burd.

“It’s a pretty significant project and we’re contributing a very small amount,” he said.

Burd said he expects work to begin in March or April. Lane closures are possible, but the roadway should remain open throughout the project.

“It’s been in the preparation stages for about three years now,” Burd said.

Street sweeper purchase

The service committee took a step toward improving the look of Reynoldsburg’s streets.

The committee sent a measure to council to allow for the purchase of a new street sweeper at a cost of just under $280,000.

The city has been without its own street sweeper for more than one year after the machine that the city utilized for 17 years broke down for good in October 2013. Most cities, Burd said, replace street sweepers every five to seven years.

The city had tried to outsource the work through a private contractor.

“That didn’t turn out very favorably for us,” said Burd.

Burd said it costs the city about $40,000 per year to pay a private company to sweep streets, and the purchase an in-house piece of equipment could save money if it lasts nearly as long as its predecessor.

New church

The service committee voted to send a special use permit to council for consideration.

The special use permit, at 6475 E. Main St., will allow for a church to operate in an area zoned for industrial use.

The Simple Church caters to a congregation of largely former church goers or new attendees who do not mind the unconventional location, according to Aaron DeLong, the lead pastor of the church.

“The people that we have are not typical church goers,” he said.

“We were looking for facilities that don’t look like a church,” he added, saying the typical church can be intimidating to some would-be attendees.

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