New Albany and Plain Township could join forces on some local projects to increase their chances of obtaining grant money.

New Albany and Plain Township could join forces on some local projects to increase their chances of obtaining grant money.

New Albany Village Council on Aug. 17 authorized village administrator Joe Stefanov to apply for money through the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). Village officials would use the funds to complete a fourth phase of street improvements in the village center, including work on East Main Street (U.S. Route 62) between High Street (state Route 605) and Second Street and the resurfacing Second Street with brick pavers and a "green" stormwater drainage system.

Stefanov said the village's application would receive more points if it included partners willing to contribute funding for the $2-million project.

Stefanov said he asked Plain Township trustees to consider funding one percent, or $20,000, of the project.

On Aug. 18, township administrator Ben Collins informed Plain Township trustees about the village's request. New Albany would consider a similar contribution if the township applied for OPWC funds in the future, he said.

Collins said he would prepare legislation for trustees to consider at their Sept. 1 meeting. If the trustees approved the contribution, the village could still meet the OPWC application deadline on Sept. 7.

Trustee Dave Olmstead suggested the township could apply for funds to help resolve issues at Walnut Street and Bevelhymer Road. Collins said the township previously applied to replace culverts and ditches in the area, but the project details likely would need to change to receiving funding. Funds from other jurisdictions would help, he said, along with adding leisure trails and a stormwater management system.

Stormwater management is a component of New Albany's fourth phase of improvements to the village center.

Village officials hope to resurface Second Street in the same manner as Third Street by installing brick pavers atop a gravel and stone bed. The finished street would be a pervious surface, allowing water to filter through the pavers to a perforated drain running into a storm drain at one end of the road. The stormwater drain would catch the water that has filtered through the street - cooling and cleaning it - before returning the water to Rose Run.

The $2-million project also includes replacing pavement on Main Street, installing new curbs, adding curbs and sidewalks where there are none and planting the first street trees in the area. Service director Mark Nemec said the improvements are "primarily a downtown beautification," but would also improve drainage. The area currently does not have a stormwater drainage system.

New Albany officials previously said they hope to fund the village center improvements through a no-interest loan and grants from OPWC. The money would be available next July if the village's application is selected, Stefanov said.

The OPWC has made more than $20-million in funding available in Franklin County for infrastructure improvements through the State Capital Improvements Program and the Local Transportation Improvement Program, according to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.