Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
St. Marys approves street construction, resurfacing
By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - City council members approved an emergency resolution on Monday calling for the reconstruction of three streets and the resurfacing of five others at an estimated cost of $775,000.
The streets slated for reconstruction include Cheshire Drive between Kingsbury and Oakview drives, Kingsbury Drive between Cheshire and Royal Oak drives and Sturgeon Street from Locust Street to 200 feet south of Locust Street.
The streets slated for resurfacing include South West Street between Oliver Street and the railroad tracks, Yorkshire Drive between McKinley Road and the cul-de-sac, North Vine Street between Spring and Columbia streets, Gas Street from Spring Street to the north end of the road and West North Street between Concord Avenue and Augustus Street.
City officials plan to advertise the project for bids on Wednesday, open sealed bids on Feb. 27 and have the project completed by the end of October.
The resolution passed after council members suspended the rule requiring three readings.
Council members also passed under rule suspension an ordinance authorizing the purchase of $80,000 worth of computer equipment from Dell. According to the ordinance, the contract would include but not be limited to the purchase of a file server, an email file server, CMI servers, an active directory and associated equipment.
Safety service director Greg Foxhoven told council members the purchase had been budgeted in the recently passed 2020 city budget.
In other business, Foxhoven told board members officials are discussing installing a pedestrian bridge over the canal in the High Street area. A footbridge similar to the one beside the St. Marys city hall is located near Wapakoneta. Officials are considering acquiring and relocating the bridge to St. Marys. The possibility is only in the discussion phase, he added.
Council members also,
• heard from David Bambauer, a candidate running for Auglaize County commissioner.
• forwarded a request for the city to vacate an alley between 111 S. Wayne St. and 117 S. Wayne St. to the city planning commission.
• heard second reading of a resolution authorizing participation in OMNIA Partners, a national purchasing cooperative.
• heard first reading of an ordinance that would update language in the city's fire code in relation to the recently approved vacant building legislation.