Garfield bridge sidewalk opens


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



The bridge on W. Garfield Avenue will remain closed to vehicle traffic but a sidewalk is open for pedestrians.

The bridge on W. Garfield Avenue will remain closed to vehicle traffic but a sidewalk is open for pedestrians.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle gave an update on the Garfield Avenue Bridge project at last Monday’s Swanton Village Council meeting. She said it was not an easy decision to keep the street closed until spring.

“We had every intention of paving the road. That’s why it was milled,” said Hoelzle. “The weather just did not cooperate.”

The pedestrian handrail has been installed and the sidewalk on the south side of the bridge can be used.

Hoelzle said that the end of driveways impacted by milling on W. Garfield Avenue will be cold-patched so residents will be able to clear them.

“Once the plants open in spring, the road will be paved, the approaches will be paved,” she said.

Councilman Jeff Pilliod pointed out that delays by Toledo Edison caused the project to start later than anticipated.

“This project was supposed to be done before Halloween,” Hoelzle said. “If we didn’t have that delay then it would have been done before Halloween, and we wouldn’t have this issue.”

Council voted on two annexation related ordinances at a light meeting.

The first ordinance was to accept the annexation of the property located at 2055 County Road H. The third and final reading was approved unanimously by council.

The first reading of an ordinance to accept the annexation of property on Brindley Road was also approved by council. The property is basically the back yard of a West Ridge Drive resident that extends to Brindley Road.

Also at the meeting, council approved an emergency ordinance for solicitor services. This ordinance is approved annually.

Other business

• Courtesy letters will be sent out to Airport Highway businesses related to sign maintenance. The letters will let the property owners know that, over the next year, the village will be looking into sign maintenance, with no specific dates mentioned for improvements.
“We are trying to ascetically change, basically, one of the main drags in town,” said Hoelzle. “So, we’re not asking for new signs, just sign maintenance.”
That could include improvements such as painting poles or replacing lights.
• Remodeling of the administrative offices in the municipal building on Chestnut Street are being considered. A remodel would be done to increase functionality and storage.
• Hoelzle reported that the Swanton Shines event raised approximately $3,500. She said the committee will regroup in January and evaluate the future of the event.

The bridge on W. Garfield Avenue will remain closed to vehicle traffic but a sidewalk is open for pedestrians.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/12/web1_Garfield-Bridge-sidewalk.jpgThe bridge on W. Garfield Avenue will remain closed to vehicle traffic but a sidewalk is open for pedestrians. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise

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