City awaits bids on road, bridge projects
Mayor John Gore told Marysville City Council at its June 14 meeting that two city projects are currently out for bid.
One, the County Home Road/state Route 4 project, includes installation of a traffic light, turn lanes and a "profile correction" to help with line of sight for drivers.
The estimate for that work is $1.2 million, according to cify Project Engineer Rob Priestas.
The second project, estimated to cost $480,000, is to renovate the Maple Street bridge. The work includes replacing some of the beams, rails and sidewalks and repaving the bridge.
The state's fiscal year ends at the end of June, meaning the grant money the project will not be released from the state until July, Gore said.
"All thought it makes sense to start the construction in May," he said. "You can't do it unless you have the money. It seems like not good planning but we don't have much choice."
In other business, council discussed residents' noncompliance with the city's regulations regarding garage sale signs.
City Zoning Inspector Barb McCoy collected more than 50 illegally placed signs on Thursday.
Council member Tracy Richardson said it's a matter of educating the public.
"It's not that citizens want to violate the law it's that they don't know it," Richardson said.
Members discussed the possibility of putting a copy of the rules for such signs in residents' utility bills.
"We will be putting something together again to make available to the public," Gore said.
Council member Deborah Groat said the public affairs Committee will meet at 6 p.m. June 26 to continue discussions about Internet gaming businesses in Marysville.
Gov. John Kasich signed legislation last week that placed a one- year moratorium on all new Internet cafes.
"We will be discussing how to address the state moratorium," Groat said. "Marysville is going to be very proactive regarding this issue."
The committee meeting will be held in council chambers at City Hall, 125 East Sixth St.
Gore announced that the city's safety services employees will take part in a disaster exercise June 19 at the Union County Services Building. Marysville's police and fire departments, the Union County Emergency Management Agency and the Union County Sheriff's Office are will participate in what Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley said will be a written exercise dealing with a scenario of a tornado in Mill Valley.
Gore also announced a summer playground program is scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 3 for children going into the second grade up to seventh grade.
It will include games and contests from 9a.m. to noon at Mill Valley Central Park and from 1- 4 p.m. at Eljer Park.
The week-long event is an effort to do something for the youth of Marysville and get them involved in the community, he said.
"We built sand volleyball courts that were well-received by young adults but we haven't done much for the younger kids," Gore said.