Lithopolis hopeful about Columbus Street grant

The village of Lithopolis has submitted its Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant request for the proposed Columbus Street reconstruction project.

"Hopefully we have a pretty good shot at it," said Lithopolis Mayor Eric Sandine.

Officials hope to obtain the funding to reconstruct Columbus Street from Walnut Street to Delaware Street in the summer or fall of 2009.

Funding for the proposed approximately $1.6 million project could include the $1.1 million OPWC grant and a $382,435 OPWC loan with Lithopolis kicking in the remaining $80,500.

The project would include road bed reconstruction, new curbs, new sidewalks, new storm sewer, water line relocation, and utility relocation.

The original plan was to reconstruct Columbus Street from Elder Road to Cedar Hall Road, but Sandine said the OPWC thought that project would be too large for the available funding. The mayor said Lithopolis would look at applying for OPWC monies in the next funding round to get the revenue to complete the other half of Columbus Street in the future.

Sandine said the OPWC should announce its funding award decisions by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

Other Lithopolis news

•The village is looking for a source of road salt for the coming winter.

Village Administrator Ed Van Vickle said Bloom Township seems hesitant to share salt this winter due to costs and supply. Other road salt sources being considered are Canal Winchester and Violet Township. Lithopolis does not have its own salt barn to store salt.

•At its Sept. 9 meeting Lithopolis Village Council approved the annexation of the Tri-County medical complex property on Lithopolis Road.

•Van Vickle was honored Sept. 9 for his work in making timely repairs in the village’s water plant that kept the water flowing.

"This job never ceases to amaze me," said Van Vickle. "There’s always more to learn."

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