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Columbiana council moves to replace South Main bridge

October 17, 2012
Morning Journal News

COLUMBIANA A century-old bridge on South Main Street is targeted for replacement next summer.

City Manager Keith Chamberlin said the bridge is one of two in need of replacement. The other is located on Camelot Drive.

He explained the South Main Street bridge, while smaller than the other, has more vehicle traffic and would be a detriment to the city should it be put out of service.

He estimated its replacement at $280,000 and said an Ohio Public Works grant will fund $177,000, with the city responsible for the remainder. The money would come out of the capital improvement fund and has already been set aside for the project, he added.

If approved by council the concrete stone bridge will be replaced with a concrete box culvert. The city must be under contract by July 1, 2013.

Chamberlin said he anticipated having the roughly 100-year-old bridge replaced this year but the project was put aside as a result of the million-dollar South Main Street improvement project.

Council approved a first reading of legislation to hire Howells and Baird Inc., to provide engineering services for the replacement project.

In other business, council approved:

- Appointing Patricial LaLonde to the vacant seat on the Civil Service Commission. The commission must consist of three members, with no more than two affiliated with the same political party. There are already two Republican members seated, and LaLonde is a registered Democrat.

- A resolution requesting county distribution of casino revenues.

- An ordinance to contract with KME Fire Apparatus for the new ladder truck for the fire department.

- An ordinance amending two sections of the planning and zoning code. The amendment added language that would bar a liquid waste injection disposal well and support structures from being constructed in the city.

- At the close of the meeting, Councilman Lowell Schloneger thanked Don Brothers, of Century Industries, for refurbishing a building located in the square. Brothers owns the building and recently had it repainted and installed new awning a new retaining wall.



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