Reynoldsburg News

Council OKs landscape deal, request for EPA grant


Reynoldsburg City Council members approved two ordinances March 25, one that could lead to installation of a sustainable parking lot at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center and another authorizing a $69,860 contract for Main Street landscaping.

Resident Gary Knapp raised safety concerns about the "green" parking lot at the senior center, 1520 Davidson Drive. He said the surface could be more like cobblestones when it is finished instead of like blacktop or concrete.

"I don't like to spend money we don't have and I think a cobblestone surface would be terrible for senior citizens," he said. "If you are going to resurface a parking lot, it should be the Huber parking lot and not the senior citizen lot. It should be redone in blacktop."

Councilwoman Monica DeBrock said any "trip hazard will always be a priority" for the senior center lot.

"We would have to make sure it is the type of cobblestone that is interlocked, or perhaps there are ways to make the surface more like pavement, but so the water still seeps through," she said.

Councilman Chris Long told Knapp the legislation only allows Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Director Joe Brown to apply for an Ohio EPA grant for the project.

"We will have discussions on this project before we approve any funds for it," Long said.

The legislation authorizes Brown to apply for a $80,171 grant that he said would cover 60 percent of the estimated cost of the parking lot project. The city's share would be $53,447.

Council also approved an ordinance authorizing a two-year contract with Ameriscape Inc. to maintain Main Street landscaping, at $69,860 for 2013-14, or $34,930 each year.

The legislation was approved as an emergency after one reading so the contract can begin April 1. Ameriscape will provide weed control, mulching, fertilization, tree and shrub pruning, irrigation and litter removal for the landscaping along East Main Street in Reynoldsburg.

Public Service Director Nathan Burd said the funds for the contract are included in the streetscape maintenance portion of the 2013 budget.

Only one other company, Brickman, submitted a bid for the work, but it was higher at $115,450 for the same time period.

In other business, council also approved Mayor Brad McCloud's appointment of Burd to the Licking County Tax Incentive Review Council and the appointment of Bonnie Armintrout to serve on the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals, effective immediately, for a term of three years.

Council committee meetings are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Reynoldsburg City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.