UNION — City council authorized Monday an application to be filed with the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement / Local Transportation Improvement programs to receive Issue II funding for Phase II of the W. Martindale Road water main replacement project.
Phase II of the project is estimated at $393,801 which would involve a grant to fund 25 percent of the project at $98,450 and a 30-year loan for 75 percent at $295,351. The interest on the loan would total $9,845 which would be paid out of the city’s water fund.
The water main would run from the intersection of Jodean and Draper up to McCraw Drive. The last phase of the project would extend from McCraw up to Shaw Road, according to City Manager John Applegate.
“It took us two years to get funding for Phase I,” Applegate noted.
The city is also taking efforts to clear brush around Union Pond, mainly honeysuckle.
“We have been looking for how to clean and do something with the pond area during several discussions at the budget committee level,” Applegate said.
The city was trying to find a way to improve the pond area without destroying the nature area with a huge backhoe. A brush cutter was used to clear out the honeysuckle, some of which had grown to a tremendous size. The city also found a company named ‘Mud Suckers’ to dredge silt from the pond. The company began extracting muck and silt from the pond on Tuesday, Aug. 2 but the project was not progressing fast enough to suit Applegate. He offered use of the city’s 6-inch pump that once pumped 15 million gallons out of the city’s lagoon years ago.
“I took the pump down and what they accomplished on Tuesday they probably tripled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” Applegate stated. “They probably have a third of the pond cleaned and it is averaging 10 to 12 feet deep now instead of four to six feet.”
The project will continue when the company returns in another 45 days or so.
The brush cutting has drastically changed the appearance of the land around the pond and the city still has more work to do. According to Applegate many people have stopped to look and have given the ‘thumbs up’ sign. A path has been opened up to allow access via truck to the lower pond.
“We are not done yet,” Applegate added. “It will probably be a two or three year project.”
The city received a grant to purchase six picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles for the pond area as well as a sign. Those items will be put in place this fall.