Groveport residents will see an emphasis on infrastructure improvements in the new year, and will decide four city council seats next November.

Groveport residents will see an emphasis on infrastructure improvements in the new year, and will decide four city council seats next November.

City Administrator Marsha Hall said the city doesn't plan to launch any major initiatives in 2017, but will use the time to prepare for things to come.

"For the coming year, we cut back on some of our projects to give ourselves a break, because we've done so many large projects in the past five years," she said. "Council agreed that we would keep money back in a rainy day fund and keep things on an even keel; in the case of any recession or change in economic condition, that we make sure we're in good shape going into that."

2017 will include, however, at least two significant roadway projects -- improvements to Hendron Road, along with the first phase of a reconstruction of West Bixby Road. Both will be partially funded by Ohio Public Works Commission dollars, Hall said. Road rehabilitation also will be performed on East Bixby Road.

Bids for the Hendron Road improvements will be advertised in the beginning of 2017, Hall said, with construction starting in late spring. Most of the work will be planned to be completed in the summer, to have the least impact on nearby schools, she said.

"This project will include a total reconstruction of the street, adding sidewalks and lighting, replacing an older water line, and the project will run from Main Street north to the senior citizen development north of the school," Hall said.

For the second project, about 2,360 feet of West Bixby Road will be repaved, drainage improved, and shoulders reconditioned between Bixby Ridge Drive East and a point in front of the Madison-Christian School.

This project also is slated for the summer to avoid disruption for the schools, and will install a pedestrian path along one side of the road.

Hall said Groveport voters will not see any levies from the city on the 2017 fall ballot, but four seats on the city council will be up for election. Seats held by council members Ed Rarey, Becky Hutson, Edward Dildine and Scott Lockett all will be up for a vote. Lockett was appointed to council in January 2016 by Mayor Lance Westcamp to fill a vacancy left by Donna Drury, who resigned mid-term.

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