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2013 roadwork includes Beacon subdivision, Davidson bridge

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Hilliard's 2013 street maintenance and repair program includes improvements to several roads in the Beacon subdivision and the Davidson Road bridge over Interstate 270.

An ordinance authorizing Public-Services Director Butch Seidle to enter into a contract not to exceed $1.05 million with Strawser Paving Co. was introduced at the May 13 meeting of Hilliard City Council's City Planning, Projects and Services Committee.

Each year, the city improves a number of roads as the budget allows and sometimes awards alternative bids for additional sets of projects.

This year, the city awarded one alternative bid among the four it solicited.

Roads included in the three alternative bids not awarded will move to the top of the list for next year's program, Seidle said.

Roads that will be crack-sealed, resurfaced or otherwise improved include but are not limited to: the Davidson Road bridge over I-270; Bryant Street; Crandon Drive from Jennydawn Place to Lacon Road; all of Swenson Street; Grant Street from Winterringer Street to Morning Drive; Morning Drive from Winterringer Street to Wayne Street; Winterringer Street from Grant Street to its terminus; and Honeysuckle Lane from Turner Lane to Bohlen Drive.

Roads included in the alternative bid are: parts or all of Brownstone Drive, Burwash Landing, Conklin Drive and Cordoba Street.

The resolution is scheduled for introduction and is expected to be approved June 10 by City Council.

Other legislation introduced at the City Planning, Projects and Services Committee and forwarded to City Council for future consideration included resolutions authorizing contracts for the rehabilitation of a water tower at Alt Field; a contract for an amount not to exceed $190,000 with EMH&T for engineering services; and a contract for an amount not to exceed $105,500 with E.P. Ferris and Associates for additional engineering services for Hilliard Station Park.

In activity at the Economic and Entrepreneurial Development Committee meeting May 13, Development Director David Meeks announced a company with overseas employees will be moving those jobs to Hilliard.

International Engineering Group, also known as IEG, will purchase a 25,000-square-foot building at 3830 Lacon Road, most recently occupied by USA Vinyl Fencing, which three months ago relocated to Grove City.

Meeks told committee members Hilliard is offering a 10-year, 20-percent payroll tax incentive to IEG.

The value of the incentive is $49,200 during the 10-year term. The city would net about $196,800 in withholding taxes during the same term.

IEG currently has two employees, the owner and an associate, administratively operating from an office in Dublin. In the next three years, it would move 27 employees to the site with an average annual salary of $50,000, Meeks said.

IEG manufactures injections automotive, home goods and electronic molds for clients including General Electric, Chrysler and Freightliner.

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