The Press Newspaper
Asphalting of a reconstructed portion of Washington Street in the Village of Genoa has been put off until spring 2014.
Washington Street is being renovated from Sixth Street to Eighth Street. The $220,000 project undertaken by B Hill’z, Wayne, O., includes installation of storm sewers, gutters, curbs and new pavement. Crews are expected to work on the under drainage components along the street beginning next week.
“But they won’t be doing the asphalting until spring. It’s getting a little late in the season and asphalt can be a touchy thing,” said village administrator Kevin Gladden.
Elsewhere, Cash Services crews are wrapping up the sixth – and final phase – of the Northwest Storm Sewer Replacement Project along Buckeye Street.
“They should be out of there by the end of this week,” Gladden said Tuesday.
And as the street projects wind down for the year, village council will turn its attention to the state of property in the village.
“We’ve got a couple of situations regarding downtown abatements – awnings that need fixed and other problems,” Gladden said.
Council members recently reviewed enforcement procedures again after property owners, who adhered to village warnings and fixed their problems and complained about others who were ignoring the edicts. Council is working with village solicitor Brian Ballenger to tighten up loop holes and clarify the language.
“We need a better process. We have some property cases pending in court but that is taking a long time. These things need to be dealt with sooner,” Gladden said.
The police department has helped out when it can by making sure zoning regulations are followed regarding junk vehicles and trash.
“We need to toughen up the policy but it has to be user friendly and easy to understand,” Gladden said.