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Roadwork bid $90,000 less than estimate

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The cost for Hilliard's 2014 street maintenance and rehabilitation program will be slightly less than the city engineers' estimate.

Service Director Butch Seidle told Hilliard City Council on June 9 that Strawser Paving Co. submitted the lowest and best bid of $1,312,869.

The estimate for the project was $1.4 million.

Council members awarded the contract to Strawser.

The 2014 project includes resurfacing Cemetery Road from Leap Road to Interstate 270, a thoroughfare badly in need of improvement, especially after the past winter, Seidle said.

Other road improvements include:

* Darby Glen Boulevard from Scioto Darby Road to Vintage Woods Drive

* Earman Drive from Darby Glen Boulevard to Swenson Street

* Grandon Drive from Elmwood Drive to Mengel Lane

* Mossrock Drive from Boathouse Drive to Dayspring Drive

* River Run Drive from Pleasantbrook Drive to Davidson Road

* Packard Drive from Dexter Avenue to Winterringer Street

* Mark Twain Drive from Vicksburg Lane to Dublin Road

* Stellar Drive, from Scioto Run Drive to the northern city limits

The city also will take the opportunity to install motion-detector cameras in place of loop detectors at intersections along Cemetery Road.

Loop detectors embedded in the pavement cycle traffic light sequences at programmed times, regardless of whether a vehicle is approaching, Seidle said. Loop detectors are destroyed and must be replaced in repaving projects.

But instead of replacing the loop detectors, motion-sensitive cameras will be mounted on mast arms, Seidle said.

Traffic signals will remain green on Cemetery Road until a camera picks up a vehicle from side streets, trigging a cycle of the traffic signal, Seidle said.

Work on Cemetery Road will be done during nighttime hours, Seidle said.

In other business June 9, City Council formally approved a modification to the planned-unit development for Landmark Lofts at Cemetery Road and Franklin Street.

The action finalized a proposal that has been on the radar for about six months.

Late last year, City Council approved a PUD for Landmark Lofts's 5.8 acres. An agreement later was reached for Sunbelt Rentals to relocate from Cemetery Road to Parkway Lane and council members approved a PUD for its former 0.6 acre.

Council's June 9 action united the PUDs for the combined 6.4-acre site.

As a result, the number of proposed apartments at Landmark Lofts will increase from 181 to 206, City Planner John Talentino said.

Landmark Lofts also will include about 17,000 square feet of retail and commercial uses.

Lastly June 9, City Council members approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with Norwich Township to equally share expenditures associated with the Central Ohio Interoperable Radio System.

The action formalized the agreement as previously proposed.

Last year, Hilliard contracted with the Dublin Division of Police to provide police and EMS dispatching services for Hilliard and Norwich Township and joined COIRS, which owns and operates the Northwest Regional Emergency Communication System.

COIRS members -- which also include Delaware County, Dublin and Worthington -- are responsible for the maintenance and upgrades of their equipment.

Townships cannot join COIRS, according to police Chief Doug Francis ; therefore Hilliard serves as Norwich Township's proxy representative on the COIRS board, and the two governments will share Hilliard's portions of the maintenance costs.

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