Village and city move forward with roadwork


By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

The village of Urbancrest and the city of Grove City have come to an agreement to repair Urbancrest Industrial Drive.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will cover the cost of the $389,000 resurfacing and repair project as a reimbursement of improperly allocated tax dollars.

According to the village, one of the businesses located within the village boundary had mistakenly been paying taxes to the city for nearly a decade before the error was discovered by fiscal officer Kathy Thimmes last year.

Village Major Joseph Barnes Sr. said that when they presented this financial error to the city administration, they were accommodating and willing to do what was necessary to correct the mishap.

“They wanted to make it right,” said Barnes.

As reimbursement discussions were under way, the two entities began to talk about the state of Urbancrest Industrial Drive.

Though the village owns much of the land on which Urbancrest Industrial Drive is located, the city also has businesses located on or near the major thoroughfare. The deteriorating conditions of the heavily travelled road has long been talked about in both communities so the two entities decided repairing the road would be mutually beneficial.

At the May 1 meeting, the city council unanimously approved to fund the resurfacing and repair project, and the village council accepted the city’s proposal at their May 9 meeting.
Council member S. Henry Warr called the agreement a great thing for both of the neighboring communities.

“It’s a real win-win situation,” he said.

The resurfacing and repair project is slated to begin on May 22 and will be finished in three weeks, weather permitting. Lane closures are not expected, but there will be restrictions during the duration of the construction project.


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