Assistant Eaton City Manager Joe Ferriell discussed past, current, and upcoming infrastructure projects for the city during a Monday, June 16, regular council meeting.
The projects will give residents and travelers the ease of access and transport throughout the city, as well as an updated water main line.
The Park Avenue project, completed as of May of this year, also featured widening alleyways to optimize service vehicles’ access. The railroad crossing on Maple Street in Eaton was also repaired.
Road crews reduced the impact of the “bump” when crossing over the tracks. “What happened there, I know the railroad came in and put the crossings in backwards,” said Ferriell. The pre-assembly of the parts prior to installation, are the speculated cause of the large bump in the road.
City traffic lights sport new wiring and bulbs to ensure functionality.
Municipal paving, shown in red on the map provided, exhibits paving completed on Sugar Hill Dr. and Lexington Ave., as well as areas near the Eaton Municipal Building, serves to provide better, smoother roads for travelers.
Urban paving on Barron Street, shown in green on the map, serves to replace an existing waterline underground. ProGrade Excavation and Demolition is taking on the project. The projected completion of the project is in 2015.
Council approved a zoning change for a building located on 114 West St. Clair St. from a Central Residential classification to a Community Commercial classification. The owners, Robert and Darlene Koontz, said their business had been located at the address under a conditional use permit for several years. Council approved the permanent commercial zoning designation.
In other business, Eaton City Council bid farewell to Thomas Fitzsimmons. “Know that Eaton will always be your home,” said Mayor Gary Wagner. “It’s always been nice to be welcomed here,” said Father Fitzsimmons. “I pray for the City of Eaton and for all the work you do.”
Father Fitzsimmons will be moving to Cincinnati to live in a rectory by the Ohio River.
The 2015 Tax Budget was adopted by council. Council authorized City Manager Brad Collins to apply for OPWC and/or Local Transportation Improvement Programs.