BUCYRUS — Polk Township Trustees Glenn Cheesman and Russ Sellmen met with county officials on July 3 to discuss paving in the Westmoor Subdivision.
In 2012, the multi-million dollar sewer project for various houses within the subdivision was completed. At that time, the trustees (and residents) were unsatisfied with the condition that the project left the roadways in. While some spot paving was done, several road surfaces have remained uneven and manholes are sunk into the pavement.
Now the plan is to use $200,000 in OPWC Issue 1 funding to fully repair the township roads affected by the project.
County Engineer Mark Baker reminded everyone that last summer he, along with several other officials, physically looked at the roads in the subdivision. He has created plans and specs for addressing road surfaces based on what both parties agreed upon at that time.
Before the county puts the paving projects up for bid, the commissioners wanted to ensure it would bring the issue to a close.
“If we do this, will that be the end of the Westmoor project for repairs?” County Commissioner Steve Reinhard asked.
Cheesman responded that some roads were repaired, some were partially repaired and other have had no repairs. He said it depends what roads are going to be paved. He reminded those in attendance that the original agreement between Polk Township and the county was that the affected roadways would be returned to a condition “as good or better” than before the final phase of the project began.
The trustees and commissioners agreed to allow the trustees time to review the bid documents. In the meantime, the country prosecutor will draft an agreement. Both parties will meet again and then the paving will be put out for bid.
The grant funding must be spent by June 30,2015, but County Commissioner Doug Weisenauer emphasized he would like to get the project completed by the end of 2014.
Reinhard added that, because the new pavement will last 8-10 years, he wants to include a time element in the agreement. This would prevent people from blaming the sewer project for the road conditions in the future.