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Pataskala City Council

MORPC, OPWC to pay more than half the cost of road project


Pataskala City Council has scheduled a special meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 to consider legislation related to Mink Street improvements.

The city has received a $3.6 million grant from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and is in line to receive a $375,000 grant and a $125,000 interest-free loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The funds would be used to reconstruct 2.5 miles of Mink Street from Broad Street to Morse Road.

The two grants are on different timelines -- the OPWC funding will be received in 2013-14 and the MORPC funding will be in 2016-17 -- which means the project will be completed in two phases.

With both funding sources, the city expects the $4.25 million in grants and loans to fund more than half of the $8 million project.

Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher said during the special meeting that City Council will consider legislation authorizing City Administrator Tim Boland to enter into contracts for the project.

City Council already agreed Dec. 10 to issue $2.4 million in debt to complete the first phase of the project.