Whitehall City Council on May 21 was expected to approve a contract to repave all of East Main Street that is within the city limits.

Whitehall City Council on May 21 was expected to approve a contract to repave all of East Main Street that is within the city limits.

The approval would authorize Mayor Kim Maggard to contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation. ODOT would govern the project, but Whitehall would be involved in the process, including participation in pre-construction conferences regarding the project, service director Ray Ogden said.

The project includes milling and resurfacing all 2.25 miles of East Main Street within the city limits.

ODOT will fund 80 percent, with Whitehall providing a local match of 20 percent of the estimated cost, Ogden said.

Whitehall's contribution is $210,360, Ogden said, with the total amount estimated at $1.05 million. Any unexpected costs would be Whitehall's responsibility.

"The project is expected to start at the beginning of July," Ogden said, and should be completed in about seven days. ODOT has yet to bid the project or award a contract.

"Night paving is likely, but those details are yet to be worked out," Ogden said.

The road would remain open for at least one-way traffic at all times.

The ordinance was to be passed as an emergency and after its second reading to allow Ogden ample time to meet the June 14 filing deadline with ODOT. The project is part of the ODOT's Urban Paving Initiative.

East Main Street last was resurfaced in 2002.

No further was action was expected May 21 meeting, but other legislation was to be considered.

In other action, council will consider a rezoning request for a parcel at 50 Maplewood Ave. from A-1 (apartment district) to LCD (limited commercial district) to allow for the opening of a beauty salon: Broadmoor Beauty Salon Inc.

Council also was supposed to approved resolutions regarding city employees.

Grant Long has been named 2013 Employee of the Year of the Division of Fire, John Slosser for the Division of Police, Dawn Williams for support and administration and George Dorsey for labor and maintenance. Each would receive a $250 bonus for being named Employee of the Year for their respective departments.

An ordinance amending the minimum depth of residential swimming pools requiring fencing was scheduled for a second reading. It is scheduled for a third and final reading June 4.

Owners of pools 18 inches or deeper currently must have a 4-foot-tall fence around the pool, but proposed legislation would increase the minimum depth requiring a fence to 24 inches.

The ordinance would apply to all in-ground and above-ground pools, including inflatable pools, and would apply the same standard to all pools, Ogden said.

Also on May 21, council members were expected to hear a presentation from Darlene Scheid, of Rosemore Middle School, concerning a program called VIVA-RAP.

Sponsored by Kids Connect, a program the Educational Council sponsors in Whitehall schools, VIVA-RAP is open to students in sixth through eighth grades. The program is offered for three hours after school Mondays through Thursdays for about 30 weeks during the school year. The program strives to teach children social development skills a nd how to build string relationships among students, staff, parents and the community, organizers have said.