Hilliard City Council members unanimously approved the construction of a bridge at the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center during their March 28 meeting.

Hilliard City Council members unanimously approved the construction of a bridge at the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center during their March 28 meeting.

The pedestrian bridge would go over a stream behind the HFAC, providing a secondary entrance. The Franklin County Engineer's Office would design and construct the bridge for an estimated $130,000. Funds for the project were appropriated from the city's capital improvement fund, which was passed on Jan. 11.

"The benefit is we anticipate we're going to save some money," said director of public service Butch Seidle, "but mostly importantly, what we'll do is save a tremendous amount of time. With this agreement, we'll actually have this bridge operational over at the HFAC so we can take advantage of some of our back lot parking. Members then can actually enter into the back gate and won't have to walk all the way around. We also believe that will help some of our senior center parking."

"It's going to be a two-fold benefit," said director of recreation and parks Steve Mazer. "We have the ability to open that back gate, and on really busy crowded dates, it'll be easier access for members to use. It's (also) going to be a real benefit to seniors they'll be able to park real close to their entrance."

The bridge would be completed by May 26.

Council also approved two resolutions permitting the city to use Internet auction firms to sell municipally-owned property and property held by the Hilliard Police Department. The city will use GovDeals, Inc., to sell its municipally-owned property; and PropertyRoom.com for disposing of unclaimed items the HPD possesses.

Director of law and safety Pam Fox said GovDeals "is an organization we've contracted with several years ago that has been able to serve our needs very well in being able to get rid of some of this property."

Fox said "property that has been confiscated or abandoned" and held in the HPD's property room would be sold by PropertyRoom.com, which also picks up the items. "It has been a big time-saver ... and a money-saver for us."

Council also approved nine ordinances authorizing the issuance of bonds totaling $8,465,000; and an ordinance that would consolidate them.