By Leigh Ann Rutledge
CARROLLTON – Mayor Bill Stoneman reported to village council members on a public hearing he attended Nov. 21 for annexation of the Industrial Park and Carrollton Schools property on SR 332 into the village of Carrollton.
Stoneman said the meeting went well with no opposition to the annexation of 180.099 acres. Carroll County Commissioners, who must approve the annexation request for it to move forward, will render a decision Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Council discussed the issue of upkeep of Industrial Park Dr.
Administrator Mark Wells told council Superior Paving provided an estimate of $342,893.50 to redo the road. That figure does not include storm sewer repair and/or replacement.
Carrollton Street Superintendent Tom Ferrell said the road needs torn up and replaced.
In order to meet the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) industrial highway codes, the road base has to be 18-inches deep. Ferrell said he was told the road varies from two inches in places to 6-8 inches in other areas.
Ferrell also explained nothing has been done to the storm sewer system, such as jetting or sucking it out, in the past 15 years. A camera would have to be run through the system to check on its condition. Wells has contacted Miller Pipeline for an estimate to camera the system.
Wells made initial contact with the Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) regarding grants for the project and contacted Shook Construction, the general contractor, for the school project regarding preliminary labor costs.
The Industrial Park has fire hydrants and there is no work needed on water or sewer lines at this time. Wells told council he will “keep them up to speed” as he gathers figures for the project.
In other business, council:
-HEARD reports from department supervisors.
-APPROVED a donation of $1,500 to the Senior Friendship Center.
-LEARNED from Solicitor Clark Battista the yearly update fee for the three-volume set of books for local government is $252. The cost is shared by Carrollton and Minerva, who each pay every other year. He asked council to think about the possibility of joining the Ohio Municipal League Attorney Association. Membership is $600 per year and would be on an every other year basis with Minerva if both villages approve. Battista stated the league is under new leadership he feels will be very involved with electronic and digital information.
-ACCEPTED a bid from Finley Fire Equipment for fire hoses for Carrollton Village Fire Department not to exceed $45,267.60. Only one bid was submitted.
-HEARD first reading of an ordinance amending the zoning designation of certain property on 2nd St. SE.
-LEARNED all downtown crosswalk signal activation buttons have been serviced or replaced and the village has spare buttons in stock.
-REMINDED residents this is the last week for leaf pick-up in the village. Bags are available at the Municipal Building.
-SCHEDULED the next council meeting for Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.