Salineville council signs off on road project

SALINEVILLE — Village council voted on Monday to sign off on the project with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the slip on Salineville Road West.

While the village has had the funding in place for the project, there had been some concerns about manhole covers and the systems they were connected to possibly increasing the cost of the project.

Monday, it was reported Board of Public Affairs members have signed off on starting the project. Council voted unanimously to get the paperwork turned in so ODOT can start bidding the project, which is estimated to cost $351,888. The paperwork reportedly was to be in by Sept. 15 or as soon as possible after that date.

The project is not scheduled to begin until March, so the red light controlling the one lane enroute to Mudtown will remain in place until at least then.

In other matters:

— Council accepted a PEP Grant the police department received for $475 for safety. Police Chief Matthew Devlin said he will be purchasing fire extinguishers for the police cruisers and village hall, along with some signs needed in the village.

— Devlin, who also serves as street commissioner, reported the village attempted to jet out some storm sewer pipes, but they were completely plugged with dirt which would not budge. So the pipes were dug up and found to need replaced in one section. The homeowner of the property on Foundry Hill Road has agreed to pay for two sections so the plugged pipe can also be replaced under his driveway.

— Council voted to order some catch basins, culvert pipe and limestone before some patching work planned for next month. The matter was brought before them at the meeting two weeks ago but council had asked for an additional price check, but learned the materials were more expensive through that additional vendor.

— Council put on hold for now legislation regarding hiring a police sergeant, but there will be a committee meeting of the personnel and policies committee at 10 a.m. Oct. 1, prior to the next council meeting at 7 that evening.