Delaware News

Sunbury readies for '14 roadwork, hopes for grant


Sunbury officials expect to have plans for the village's 2014 road improvement project completed before Village Council's next regular meeting Sept. 18.

Village Engineer Wes Hall said at council's meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4, that a plan needs to be in place so he can submit a proposal to the Ohio Public Works Commission for grant money to help pay the cost.

No cost estimate was available Sept. 4, but Hall said he would present a list of streets that need improvements, along with an estimated cost, at the Sept. 18 meeting. He said during a break in the meeting that he anticipates several streets on the north side of the village will need resurfacing and other repair work.

Shelly & Sands was hired to handle this year's roadwork and will begin later this month or in early October, Hall said.

The company submitted a low bid to resurface and repair sections of six streets. The cost of the project is $330,605; the state will pay the bulk of that through OPWC grants and loans. Sunbury will pay up to $75,000.

Grant proposals for next year must be in to the commission by Oct. 4.


Tornado sirens

Village Administrator David Martin told council members he has had discussions with Delaware County about getting federal grants to help pay for new tornado warning sirens.

The village has three, but only one is operational.

If council decides to go forward with the assistance of the county Emergency Management Agency, it could get grants that would pay for half the cost of new sirens. New sirens cost about $25,000 each.

The plan would be to replace old sirens at the BST&G Fire District station and at the village's wastewater treatment plant. Only the siren at the fire station works. An old, broken siren at the closed village water plant would not be replaced.

Mayor Tommy Hatfield told Martin to move quickly in his discussions with the county to get the federal funding, because the village needs to have sirens in place before the start of tornado season next spring. Council members seemed to be in agreement that new sirens are needed.


Hunting exemption

The six-member council unanimously approved a change to the village ordinance prohibiting hunting within the municipality.

An exemption will permit hunting on any agricultural land of 50 acres or more within village boundaries. There is a 360-acre farm within village limits and another parcel of more than 50 acres.

All Ohio Department of Natural Resources' hunting regulations must be followed, according to the exemption approved by council.


Big Nut Strut

Council members also approved a motion supporting the fourth annual Big Nut Strut, to be held at noon Sept. 29. The event features a 5K walk/run and a fun run for children.

Proceeds from registration fees from the Big Nut Strut help support PTO programs at Big Walnut's three elementary schools.

This year's run will begin at Rosecrans Elementary School, 301 S. Miller Drive, and loop through area neighborhoods before returning to the school.