BYESVILLE, Ohio -- A planned project to update sewer lines in Byesville has gotten a healthy financial shot in the arm.
During Tuesday night's Byesville Council meeting, it was announced that the village has received an ARC grant of $150,000. The funds are earmarked for a project to refurbish the village's sewer system. The $1.1 million project calls for most of the sewers to be relined, that is place new pipe within the old pipe. Some lines may be replaced outright, but officials say the majority are in good enough shape for the relining process. The project is set to get underway later this year.
In addition, council Tuesday night approved two resolutions, continuing the process of applying for a $500,000 CDBG grant, which will also go towards the sewer line revitalization project. While there are no guarantees, village officials feel confident that Byesville has a good chance of obtaining this grant as well.
Ever considered where all that rain water goes during a storm? Council spent some time Tuesday night discussing numerous rain water drainage issues around the village. Anyone who has lived in the area for a while is familiar with flooding issues that plague the area. Village Administrator Brennan Dudley reported to council that grant funding may be available to pay for a project which would ease the flooding issues in the downtown area including Main St and South 4th Street. Officials are currently working on an engineering study which would funnel storm runoff into two different directions instead of the current single path.
Council also discussed an occasionally heated drainage issue in the area of Sequioa Drive. Officials say part of the problem is correcting the drainage for one (or some), may create problems for another (possibly others).
In other council action, a new village employee, Kendal Weisend, has been hired in the water plant. Village Administrator Brennan Dudley says that this still leaves them a man short in the water plant. However, thanks to hard work by village employees, as reported from the last meeting, the backlog of projects is getting slowly caught up.
In a related note, paving of village streets and alleys should be getting underway soon. Officials say that due to budgetary restrictions, crews will not be laying down as much blacktop as in the past. The exact streets/alleys to be paved should be announced soon.
Also it was reported that the deadline for applications for the village's sidewalk replacement program is July 3. Bids for leasing of the old waste water treatment plant are still being accepted. Deadline for bids is 4 pm on June 18. Bids will be opened around 5 pm that same day.
Byesville Council's next scheduled meeting is Wednesday June 25, at 5:30 in Byesville Village Hall. The public is welcomed to attend.