The City budgeted $650,000 of local funds for this year’s road program. This represents the largest amount ever budgeted from local (non-debt) funds for road improvements. This was accomplished through conservative budgeting and superior financial management. Roads scheduled for repair this year include:


Repaving– Applewood Street, a portion of Corylus Drive, portion of Oxford Drive North, Township Road from Willow Street to Mill Street, Willow Street, and Wood Street.


Chip seal – Charles Road, Daley Drive, Helen Road, Christy Lee Drive, and Saddle Path Drive.


The bridge on Columbia Road, just north of Broad Street, is scheduled for replacement this summer. The City is coordinating with ODOT on this grant funded project. The construction schedule has not been yet set, but the public will be notified when the road closure will occur for this project. A detour route will be implemented during construction. The cost of this bridge replacement project is in excess of $500,000 –  80% of which will be covered by grant funding.


Last year, the City was awarded an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant to replace a culvert on Columbia Road, south of Mill Street. This project is estimated to cost $230,023. Of this amount, the OPWC grant will cover $218,522 and the City is responsible for the remaining $11,501. The project includes the replacement of a deteriorated culvert and some road widening and guardrail installation to improve motorists’ safety near the culvert. I anticipate that this project will begin in the 3rd quarter of this year and be completed early 4th quarter. A detour route will be installed during the project.


The City is also in the process of accepting bids for the construction of a new Police Station building. The Police Department is currently located in the 101 year old Town Hall on Main Street. The demands on the department and the increase in personnel has driven the need to construct a a new facility that will provide proper equipment and safety precautions for the department. The new station will be constructed behind the City Administration Building on Broad Street. We anticipate breaking ground on the building construction in late July/early August.


The City’s Utilities Department recently completed an upgrade of a sewer lift station located in the River Forest subdivision. This improvement provides increased pumping capabilities.


This is going to be a busy and exciting year of improvements in the City. We appreciate your patience during these projects, as several will result in traffic interruptions.


If you have questions about any of these projects, please contact me at 740-964-2416 or


BJ King

City Administrator

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