Richwood Council updated on several village projects


Monday night’s regular meeting of Richwood Village Council was filled with updates of various projects.
Eric Mescher of Access Engineering presented some arial photos of Richwood Lake with a proposed walking trail around the lake. The village has had phase one completed and is hoping to use grant money to complete the second phase of the project.
The plans showed areas where the banks of the lake will need reinforced, an area where a parking lot may need to be adjusted, and other possible needs. There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at the village administration building, 153 N. Franklin St., where more details will be announced as plans develop.
Council members also heard that grant funds were approved for the East Bomford Street project. The project involves removing the street’s pavement, putting down a new base and installing new water lines, storm drainage and a new road surface with curbs and sidewalks.
The project will improve 865 feet of roadway from South Franklin Street to Pearl Street. The project will begin August and be completed by November of 2018.
Grant money from the Ohio Public Works Commission in the amount of $561,000 will fund most of the project, with the village paying $60,000 in matching funds.
Tom Myers, president of the Mid Ohio Antique Farm Machinery Show, approached council regarding a parade through the village on Friday, July 28. Council gave the group approval to line up at the village administration building and travel down South Franklin Street to the fairgrounds. Anyone who would like to bring farm tractors, equipment or any antique vehicles may join the procession. The antique machinery show will be held at the Richwood Fairgrounds July 28-30. The public is invited to attend.
In other business, council:
-Heard from Corey Edwards, an advocate for Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The organization is a statewide advocate for victims of crime.
-Heard a Bike Party will be held at the Richwood-North Union Public Library Thursday, July 20, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be promoting a new project of renting out bicycles to people to ride around the village.
-Heard from Village Solicitor Alison Boggs about a property search within the village of homes that are delinquent on property taxes. Council asked Boggs to begin the procedure of foreclosure on any properties owing more than $1,000 in past-due taxes. The list will be verified and submitted to the Union County Prosecutor.
Mayor Scott Jerew also announced to council that the village now has five residents who are members of the Board of Zoning Appeals. This group will be organizing and setting up guidelines to handle any requests for zoning ordinances are appeals, conditional use permits, variances, or other zoning issues. Those members include Randy Riffle, Jessie Hamilton, Joe Ackerman, Doris Woodsen and Kelly Jerew.
The next council meeting will be held Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

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