Richwood residents return to council for flooding fix


Residents continue to attend the Richwood Village Council meetings to check on any updates regarding the flooding issues residents have endured after heavy rains.
Mayor Scott Jerew stated that a packet with a price tag was presented to Brenneman Excavating, which is the company working on the North Franklin Street project. Access Engineering has submitted a project that would help replace some broken tiles that runs from Landon Road to East Blagrove Street between Plotner Hardware and Ken Davis and Sons. It then crosses by the Suds and Stow car wash and storage business to Dudley Circle to Edgewood Drive to East Ottawa Street. This area has a history of excessive flooding, to the point of several houses being damaged.
There is some money available from the North Franklin Street project that could be used for this project, but solons are wondering where the remaining $100,000 would come from to complete the project. Council hopes to hear from Brenneman by the next council meeting, on Monday, Aug. 26.
Village Administrator Monte Asher told council that, weather permitting, the company installing the new street lights on South Franklin Street will begin boring this week. The crew will have to know the location of the gas and water lines before installing the electric to the new poles. Because of some of the gas line locations, new street lights may be installed on the back side of the sidewalks. As they progress, new lights should be installed out to Landon Road.
Jerew informed council that the new 40-by-85 foot shelter house is set to be delivered by Sept. 10. He also mentioned that the new floating dock will be delivered sometime in August. Council approved removing the old dock before the new one is delivered to save on labor costs.
Area residents Chuck Magill and David Perkins approached council with an idea of hosting a few concerts in Richwood Park this fall. They really enjoy the park and think it should be used to gather the community in. Council approved unanimously to allow them to host concerts in the park, with the possibility of other events going on at the same time as the concerts.
In other business, council:
-Heard from Councilman Pat Morse, who is the council representative on the Northern Union County Fire District Board, that a new medic should be arriving to the station at the first of 2020 and that a new fire truck has been ordered and should be delivered in later months of 2020.
-Heard a request from Peggy Jamison, a Beatty Avenue resident, that council might consider fixing the street light at the corner of Beatty Avenue and East Blagrove Street that has been out for a few years.
-Heard from councilman Reddy Brown that Cub Scout Pack 109 will be holding a fishing fundraiser at the park on Sept. 7.
-Was informed that Dean Chapman has been hired as the new part-time park worker for the village.
-Was told by Asher that Shelly Co. will be putting the first one and one-half inches of asphalt down in Aug. 22 and on Aug. 26, milling in front of the high school and fire house.
-Was told the ditch from the park to Ash Run was cleared recently of trash and logs.
-Heard that Picken’s has been jetting and vacuumed out the storm line project on Edgewood Drive, Blagrove and Norris streets, Bomford and Fulton, Plummer and Bomford and South Clinton Street.
-Heard that police officer Justin Dick was hired as a part-time officer. The police department is now fully staffed.
-Heard that the police officers will be at the North Union Schools when school begins Aug. 14 for special school duty, paid for by the school district.
The next regular meeting of the village council will be held on Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

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