A new roundabout could be installed by Columbus to ease traffic in New Albany.

A new roundabout could be installed by Columbus to ease traffic in New Albany.

New Albany Village Council last week gave approval to have administrator Joe Stefanov work with Columbus on a possible roundabout at the intersection of Fodor Road and New Albany Road East.

"The city of Columbus has interest in doing a roundabout at Fodor Road," he told council last week. "There are some TIFs in place… Columbus would like to use some of those dollars to fix that intersection."

New Albany Company's director of development Tom Rubey said the tax increment financing, or TIF, districts that would fund the project are in residential areas. Stefanov said the village would pay only for maintenance.

"Several years ago when we started talking about the Morse Road and (state Route) 62 roundabout, we agreed to maintain it," Stefanov said. "We'd have to do that here …"

Currently, the village takes care of landscaping and snow removal at the intersection, which would be included in the maintenance agreement.

Although Stefanov has approval to work with Columbus on the project, a timeline has not yet been established.

In other council news:

Council members approved a fiber-sharing agreement with Gahanna, community development director Jennifer Chrysler said.

The fiber swap agreement will allow the village to access village files from other communities that have fiber, work with other communities.

It also will allow them to connect to data centers and other networks that business park companies, such as the New Albany Surgical Hospital, have been waiting for.

Rob Pike of the state auditor Mary Taylor's office was also present at last week's meeting to present the "making tax dollars count" award to village finance director Jamie Nicholson.

"Fewer than 5 percent of agencies audited are even eligible for this award," Pike said.

According to a release from the auditor's office, entities receiving the award must submit a comprehensive annual financial report listing "no findings or issues present" and "no other financial concerns."

"Commitment to financial accountability is something to be proud of," Pike said.

Council also moved meetings in January and February up to a 6 p.m. start time.

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