Richwood Council updated on Franklin Street work


Richwood Village Administrator Monte Asher gave an update on Phase 1 of the North Franklin Street project to council on Tuesday.

A sign has been posted to alert travelers that in early September, the street will be closed to traffic for 60 days. The only vehicles that will be permitted to travel through the project will be emergency vehicles and residents who live in that section of North Franklin Street.

Asher said storm laterals are being installed and water lines will be added about the first week of June.

The next step will be digging up the street. A depth of approximately 17 to 18 inches of asphalt and brick will be dug up and removed,  in preparation to install a solid base for the street. Once the base is high enough, curbs will be installed, along with sidewalks and repaving.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be repaving Route 4 this summer and will also include paving through Richwood.

Asher felt that the project is coming along according to the schedule.

Mayor Scott Jerew announced that Doug Matthews of the Union County Health Department submitted a grant proposal to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation. Word was received that the village received the $23,478 grant, which will be used to install a new accessible pedestrian dock at Richwood Lake. The floating dock to replace the once currently installed on the west side of the lake.

The old dock will be removed and the new ADA handicapped compliant dock will be installed. It will be five feet wide and 30 feet long.

In other business, council;

-Witnessed the swearing in of Von Beal as the new council member.

-Heard the new pickup truck was delivered and a new bed is being installed for the service truck.

-Heard that June 15 will be a busy day in the village as the Sports Festival Duathalon will be held in the morning and the Rock the Clock event will be held downtown in the evening.

-Was told that the police department will be holding “Safety Town” for students at North Union Elementary this week.

-Heard positive feedback regarding the new tornado siren that was installed recently. Many residents heard it during Monday evening’s tornado warning.

The next council meeting will be held June 10 at 7 p.m. at the village administration building, at 153 N. Franklin Street. Meetings are open to the public.

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