Major paving project starts this spring in West Jeff

(Posted Feb. 20, 2019)

By Michael Williamson, Staff Writer

A major reconstruction and paving project will move forward this spring in West Jefferson.

On Feb. 18, council members awarded the Walnut/Fellows reconstruction project to Columbus Asphalt Paving. The project, which has a projected start time of early April, will cost $808,597.28.

“We’ll send out the notice of award this week, and it usually takes about four to six weeks to get under contract and get started,” said Randy VanTilburg of the engineering consulting firm Mannik & Smith Group. “That lines up with the first of April.”

The reconstruction will encompass large sections of Fellows Avenue and Walnut Street where pavement will be removed and replaced.

“Some of the sections will be ground down. Some will have curb work and replacement,” said Steve Johnston, council president. “There might be stormwater drains put in and adjustments made to piping.”

Although early stages of construction are scheduled for April, the bulk of the construction is planned for June through August to minimize school-related traffic.

“Since that is a major thoroughfare, we have to have it clear for the season,” Johnston said.

Also at the Feb. 18 meeting, council confirmed the appointments of Taylor Patterson as full-time public service water and sewer clerk and Deborah DiLeo as clerk of council. DiLeo replaces Jack Herrel, who will stay on as an assistant.

In other action Monday, council:

  • authorized supplemental appropriations to the general, capital projects, water and sewer funds in the amount of $1.8 million.
  • awarded the Darby Creek water and sewer line extension project to J&J Schlaegel of Urbana. The cost is $1,625,676.50.
  • authorized a contract to lease a printer that will be used to copy blueprints and scan them into digital files. The village will lease the machine for $388 a month.
  • adopted a new credit card policy pursuant to Ohio House Bill 312 which requires all government entities to have a card.
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