Johnstown village manager Sarah Phillips said the Sept. 14 windstorm is expected to cost the village funds it hasn't budgeted.

Johnstown village manager Sarah Phillips said the Sept. 14 windstorm is expected to cost the village funds it hasn't budgeted.

During Tuesday's council meeting, Phillips said additional expenses are expected as a result of personnel overtime, as well as the cost of diesel fuel to run generators that have been operating Johnstown's water and sewer plants.

The village's water and sewer plants lost power as a result of Sunday's wind storm, and power hadn't been restored as of Thursday. Thousands of dollars have been spent to operate the generators continually, Phillips said.

Sludge had to be pumped out manually at two lift stations and taken to the sewer plant. Some overflow got into the creek, creating an environmental hazard, Phillips said.

She called AEP in an effort to expedite the return of power to the village's water and sewer plants.

As of Thursday morning, parts of Rolling Meadows also remained without power in Johnstown.

"We also have the issue of what to do with debris," Phillips said. "I've called Waste Management to see what we can do. During the ice storm, we contracted it out."

The pick-up of additional debris is another item not in the village's budget, she said.

Monroe Township Fire Chief Dudley Wright told The Independent that the fire department responded to more than 50 storm-related emergencies.

"We had quite a few EMS issues (Wednesday)," he said. "It was quite busy with medical issues. The storm responses were medical emergencies; I don't know if it's because people have been without electric. We have senior citizens in town without electric."

Wright said the fire department has been filling water buckets for people to have drinking water or to flush toilets. "We have had that spike the last two days," he said Thursday.

The Northridge Local School District canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday because of downed trees and a power outage at the primary in Alexandria.

The Johnstown schools operated on a two-hour delay on Monday.

After delivering the bad news concerning storm-related expenses to council, Phillips announced a potential Safety Grant to improve the intersection of U.S. Route 62 and state Route 37.

Funding is available from a Safety Grant Program through the Federal Highway Act, administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"We asked for a complete redo of the intersection," Phillips said. "The nice thing about federal highway funds is they're not matching."

She said an application for the safety grant is due Sept. 30.

If approved, Phillips said, the project would cost more than $1-million.

It would include increased turn lanes on Main and Coshocton streets, replacement of overhead utilities underground, streetscape improvements and consolidated parking, among other improvements.

She said the project would eliminate nine parking spots along Main Street.

"The problem now is the turning radius," she said.

The project would involve redevelopment of parking on Phalen Place to create more green space around the Opera House.

Phillips estimated that the light at Pratt Street would be removed.

"It's a one-way street and that really hampers (the light) being warranted," she said.

Council member Carol Van Deest sees the safety grant as "a golden opportunity" to show council's commitment in revitalizing the downtown.

"I think we should get the ball going," said council president Joyce Evans.