Reynoldsburg News

City's stormwater outlets due for repairs


Reynoldsburg will be spending money on maintaining the landscaping beds in the Main Street corridor and on repairing stormwater outlets.

City Council approved a motion at its Oct. 22 meeting to authorize Mayor Brad McCloud to advertise for bids for the maintenance of the landscaping beds and plants along the Main Street corridor.

Councilman Cornelius McGrady III said he wanted more information on the landscaping maintenance.

"I would like to see a cross comparison on what it would cost the city to do this maintenance, compared to other companies," he said.

Councilwoman Leslie Kelly said bids would be sought from local companies on the maintenance and then the cross comparison would be done.

Council also approved legislation, requested as an emergency by Street Superintendent Dave Metzger, that authorizes the transfer $2,500 from the repair-maintenance fund and $2,500 from the utility line repair fund to the operating materials fund. The money will be used to purchase supplies for the repair or replacement of stormwater outlets around the city.

Metzger indicated he sought the emergency designation because the "stock supply is running low."

He said he would like to get stormwater outlets repaired or replaced before any freezing occurs in the cold weather.

Council also considered an ordinance Oct. 22 to appropriate funds from several existing accounts to pay $30,000 to AFS WEB (At First Site Inc.) to update the city's website.

The contract with AFS would include monthly support fees of $560 for two years.

AFS has designed websites for area cities, school districts and corporations, including the cities of Gahanna and Delaware.

Council agreed to return the ordinance to committee meetings for more discussion.

Also returned to committee was an ordinance to appropriate funds to pay the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District $15,000 for a working agreement with the city to provide watershed improvement plans.

The agreement calls for the conservation district to work to secure grants to pay for watershed improvement plans for the Blacklick and Rocky Fork watersheds and to work with homeowners to encourage adoption of stream-protection practices to minimize erosion around the city.

Watershed coordinator Kurt Keljo said a group of Ohio State University students, led by OSU Professor Andy Ward, is currently studying areas of Blacklick Creek in Reynoldsburg to look into ways to improve water quality and minimize erosion.

Reynoldsburg City Council committee meetings are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.