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Sunbury readying plan to raze 'eyesore' water plant

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Sunbury officials have begun the first steps toward cleaning up the old water-plant site on Sedgwick Avenue on the north side of the village.

Village Engineer Wes Hall was directed at council's meeting Wednesday, July 10, to prepare a preliminary plan, to be presented at the July 24 council meeting, taking a look at what needs to be done regarding tearing down several vacant buildings on the two-acre site and possibly using it for a parking lot.

Mayor Tommy Hatfield said a nearby upground reservoir attracts fishers who would appreciate a parking lot. He also said some walking trails could be installed.

"The old water plant is an eyesore," Councilman Joe Gochenour said. "It would be good to get it cleaned up."

Councilman Tom Zalewski echoed those sentiments, saying, "I'm for it. I think it's a good idea. It has to be done."

While the cost of tearing down the water plant, which closed in 2005, and several out-buildings has not been determined, the village has a revenue source to pay for the project.

Village Administrator David Martin and Fiscal Officer Kathy Belcher said after the meeting that a water fund still exists from when the plant was in operation. That fund has about $460,000 in it, Belcher said. Both said money in that fund could be used for cleanup.

Hall also told council that work is set to begin Monday, July 15, on replacing the leaky metal roof on the historic Town Hall with a copper roof.

The roof installation should be completed, barring any weather delays, by Aug. 9. All related work, including putting in copper gutters and downspouts, should be finished by the end of August.

Last month, the council selected B&T Roofing of Westerville to do the job. B&T had the lowest bid from among several roofing companies at $151,959.

The original timetable had work beginning July 8 with completion by mid-September.

Construction of a new Subway restaurant, including a drive-through, is expected to begin in early August, owner Joann Hingsbergen told council members July 10. Some issues, including concrete curbing for the parking lot and the design of the outside lighting, are still pending.

The Subway will be built at the northwest corner of Cherry Street and Kintner Parkway in a 5,000-square-foot building that has space for two other commercial businesses, Hingsbergen said.

She told council members she would like to have offices or some type of retail operation in the rest of the building. The Subway will take up about 2,000 square feet.

She told village officials last year the site would work well since it is next to an industrial park and would fit in with existing businesses. She owns a smaller Subway in the village but wants to build the larger restaurant because there is room for a drive-through, which is a convenience to customers.

If construction starts in early August, Hingsbergen hopes to have the Subway up and running by between Thanksgiving and Christmas, she said.

Council members, who were scheduled to have two other meetings this month on July 17 and 31, opted to combine them into one meeting July 24. That meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. A finance committee of the whole meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

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