Richwood Council updated on South Franklin Street project


Richwood Village Administrator Monte Asher will meet Thursday for a Pre-Construction meeting regarding the South Franklin Street project.
Asher told council members at Monday’s meeting that the project will begin with replacing water lines from the village limits heading north toward the uptown, going as far as the grant funds will take the project.
Then the next portion of work will include other infrastructure improvements, such as sewer lines. It was mentioned that the project is projected to begin in late March. The street remain open for Fire and EMT runs, school bus traffic, residents living in the area and trash trucks.
During the snowy weather last week, several residents called the village to thank the police officers and village crews who helped with snow removal. This week the goal is to haul the piles of snow away from the uptown area.
Council waived the three-reading rule for a resolution for an ODNR Park Grant due to time constraints. This gives Mayor Scott Jerew the authority to sign the grant agreement. The motion was passed by council and Jerew will be able to begin pricing equipment that will be purchased for the park through the grant.
Council discussed the problem of vehicles that have been parked on Franklin Street and on some side streets that have not moved for several weeks. Village crews are unable to plow the piles of snow in some areas due to the parked cars. According to village ordinance, all vehicles must have up-to-date tags displayed or they will be towed at owner’s expense. Richwood Police Officers will be contacting residents of the non-moving vehicles.
During a discussion regarding the Richwood Park, it was noted has become necessary to hire a part-time park employee that will work for only five months, during the spring/summer/fall season. Council will be working on a job description and pay scale to work only 30 hours a week or less. Once the description is complete, the job will be posted for the public.
In other business, council:
•Heard that Eric Kincaid, Supervisor of the Water and Sewer Department and Asher have been meeting with Randy Morse of Discount Portable. Morse has two almost new port-a-johns for Richwood Park. In the agreement, the company will service the port-a-johns one time a week and will provide hand sanitizer and toilet paper in return for the availability to dump 1,200 gallons a week of sludge via the fairgrounds trailer dump station. The contract has been drawn up and is waiting for both parties to sign it.
•Heard that new body cameras for the police department are in and that there is no cost upgrade with the equipment purchase;
•Discussed the need to not allow parking on West Bomford Street between 218 W. Bomford to Brookins Street due to school buses coming off Race St. onto W. Bomford St. There are a few vehicles that park in that area, making it nearly impossible for buses to turn onto the street. Council will discuss again at the next meeting;
•Heard that the village is working on setting-up to sell bulk water and needs to work with Village Solicitor Alison Boggs to design an ordinance for council to approve;
The next meeting of village council is scheduled for Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m., held at the village administration building, 154 N. Franklin St.

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