Village hopes road can be resurfaced before fair

LISBON – The village is hoping the Columbiana County Engineer’s Office can help them resurface the street in front of the fairgrounds before the county fair begins on July 28.

Mayor Dan Bing said he met earlier this week with county Engineer Bert Dawson, who offered use of his equipment and possibly some of his workers to resurface Jerome Street before the fair kicks off.

“I talked to Bert, who offered to do the work if we buy” the blacktop, he said. “Bert’s concerned, too. He’s all about the fair.”

Jerome Street had so many potholes following the harsh winter that the village, as a temporary solution, used a milling machine to grind the entire road down to its original brick base. That was in April, and the plan was to place a 2-inch base of blacktop over the bricks to get Jerome Street through until next year, when the Ohio Department of Transportation is scheduled to resurface state Route 164, which traverses Jerome and Lee streets in front of the fairgrounds.

The village only has so much money and the pothole problem is so widespread that the four-person street department could only focus on the worst problem areas, such as state Route 154, North Beaver Street and, more recently, East Washington Street.

This week, the street department began cutting out the bad sections of Race Road in preparation for resurfacing those sections. Bing is hoping this work will be completed next week.

Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner said the village has spent $20,513 so far to purchase more than 200 tons of blacktop to patch potholes. This leaves $22,275 remaining in the account used to pay for street material, equipment and other non-personnel expenses.

To resurface Jerome Street would cost $15,700 to $18,500, based on bids received from two local paving companies. “That’s a lot of money to spend on a temporary patch,” Wonner noted.

It would cost an estimated $10,000 for the blacktop to temporarily resurface Jerome Street. “Working with the county, we can do the work ourselves and save ourselves about $5,000,” Bing said.

He intends to seek council’s approval at the July 15 meeting to work with the engineer’s office to make this happen.

“It’s just get us through the winter because it’s scheduled for the fall of 2015” to be resurfaced, Bing said of Jerome Street.