Updates on Swanton projects given

By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]

Village leaders discussed upcoming projects during last week’s Swanton Village Council meeting.

In her report to council, new village administrator Rosanna Hoelzle gave brief updates on four projects planned for this year in Swanton.

As part of the Airport Highway and Main Street project slated for this summer, the village plans on restriping the parking spaces on Main Street. Due to state standards, if ODOT did the restriping it would drop the number of parking spots from the current 45 down to 20.

As part of the project Main Street will be repaved from Airport Highway north to the village limits.

Hoelzle said she was told by ODOT that the project is slated to begin in August. That includes the bridge improvement on Main Street near Memorial Park.

The time frame drew some concern as it related to the Corn Festival, which is planned for Aug. 20.

“We have to make that message very loud and clear,” Swanton Mayor Ann Roth said at the meeting. “We cannot have that bridge impassable (during the Corn Festival.)”

The Garfield Avenue bridge replacement will be spearheaded by the Ohio Department of Transportation but the village needs to choose an engineering firm. Swanton received four statements of qualification from firms. They were DGL Consulting, Poggemeyer Design Group, Mannik and Smith Group, and Northwest Consultants.

Hoelzle said a decision on which firm to go with should be presented to council for approval at an upcoming meeting.

The administrator reported that there were discrepancies with the bids for the Clark Street sewer separation project. Council voted to rebid the project on the recommendation of Jones and Henry Engineers.

In general, the work consists of installation of approximately 4,700 lineal feet of storm sewer ranging in size from 8 to 18 inches and replacement of 7 fire hydrants with all appropriate accessories and appurtenances.

Resurfacing of the parking lot and walking paths at Pilliod Park was also discussed. Hoelzle said Mannik and Smith Group plans to solicit bids the week of March 28 with the hope that work could begin around April 15.

Also, at the previous meeting, a new fountain for Pilliod Park was approved by council.

Other business

• Councilman Paul Dzyak reported that some work still needs to be done before the community room in the village building on Chestnut Street is complete. He said bathroom partitions, minor touch-ups and other small items needed to be completed.

• Council approved a three-year agreement to lease farmland near the Swanton Reservoir.

• Mayor Roth informed council she signed a letter of support for the 180th Fighter Wing to house F-35s.

• Fulton County Commissioner candidate Jon Rupp and Fulton County Clerk of Courts candidate Tracy Zuver introduced themselves to council. Each won their primary race on Tuesday.

By Drew Stambaugh

[email protected]

Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise

Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise