By Pat Maurer
The Safe Routes to School pathway project is finally underway, said Department of Public Works Superintendent John Koch said Tuesday evening.
The project will construct a walkway from the school and village to Surrey Road along Superior Street, a route used regularly by students going to the athletic complex. Plans have been ongoing for the past three years and the project has been altered from the original ten foot path to a six foot walkway.
Koch said the project should be completed in mid-October if it stays on schedule.
The walkway is only one of the recent improvements to the Village.
Koch outlined some needs at the Village Park, saying new benches donated by the County Parks and Recreation Committee had been put in place. Earlier he recommended and got approval for Stop signs on three intersections, and last spring the Council approved the implementation of a Farmer’s Market this summer. The market will be ongoing through October 13, Koch said.
Koch asked the Council to consider a walkway from the rail trail to the Farmer’s Market. After considerable discussion, both Council member Gina Hamilton and Deloris Knipper said they would like to look into materials that would work best. Mayor Steve Grim said access from the rail trail should be able to be used for everybody. “We need to think about ADA,” he said.
Council Member Elton Marshall said the Village hydrants also needed to be painted. “They are looking kinda sad,” he said.
The Council also discussed the way the pavement on the road beside the Fairgrounds (South Water Street) is deteriorating. “I am looking for guidance from the council on what we should be doing,” Koch said.
Grim said the Council needed to see what is available with grants, “like what we did on Superior Street.”
At the Committee of the Whole Meeting, Zoning Administrator Rod Williams said the old swimming hold at the end of South Hayes is being reviewed for development as a recreation area.
In another matter, Committee of the Whole motions including approval of a $1 per hour raise for Williams and the payment of monthly bills totaling $36,014.99.
The Council also heard a brief report from Circuit Court Judge Roy Mienk, who is running for re-election.
During her Office Report Clerk Janet Conlay said 57 percent of taxes were collected with two weeks left to go.
County Commissioner Lynn Grim reported on county activities, saying the new budget will be adopted by the end of the month. She said a recent letter to the editor about the county considering combining 911 services was incorrect. “It was not a decision we made. All we did was listen to a report and presentation,” she said. “We were looking at ways to comply with State Revenue Sharing requirements.” She also reported that the County had approved amending the ordinance to allow ORVs on all county roads.