City starts engineering process for storm water line project

(Posted Dec. 26, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The city of London plans to install a new main storm water line in Ward 3. The estimated project cost is $3 million. The hope, said Rex Castle, safety-service director, is to have the project shovel ready and started in 2024.

“The existing drains there are semi-failing. We can’t get them physically replaced because they run under homes where they are located. So, we’re going to install a new storm line,” Castle explained. “What happens is our storm water sewers get full and can’t get empty because the flow is restricted. During very heavy rains, it’s causing backups.”

On Dec. 21, city council approved legislation to set aside $200,000 for engineering services from Choice One Engineering

“We need to get the engineering done so we can put the project out to bid,” Castle said.

Funding for the project is coming, in part, from the Ohio Public Works Commission in the form of a $700,000 grant and a zero-percent interest loan for $1.8 million. The city is responsible for the remaining $500,000 of the overall cost, part of which includes the $200,000 for engineering services.

New salt barn
The street department needs a new salt barn to replace one that fell down earlier this year. The project will go out to bid. The cost is not to exceed $375,000. Council has given Castle the go-ahead to enter into contract once the bids are received.
“We will have enough capacity to hold up to two years’ of salt once the new barn is built,” said council member Greg Eades.

Grant application
Council authorized Mayor Patrick Closser to apply to the Ohio Department of Development (ODD) for a water and wastewater infrastructure grant to be used for the east side trunk sewer project. The city hopes to get $5 million in ODD grant funding for the project which is estimated to cost between $13 million and $14 million.

On to 2024
In closing the Dec. 21 meeting, council member Joshua Peters thanked outgoing council member Bryan Robinson for his service. He also said he looks forward to starting the new year as the newly elected council president.

Council members Andy Hitt and Rich Hays thanked Robinson and outgoing council president Henry Comer for their service.

Council member John Stahl said the city has accomplished more in the past year than in any of the 24 years he previously served the city. He said he looks forward to seeing the seeds for improvements planted in 2023 pop up in 2024.

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