The second phase of the State Route 163 water line replacement project will get under way this fall.
Motorists can expect some minor traffic delays near between Mike’s Tavern, 8956 Route 163, and the Toussaint North intersection where the concentration of the work will take place.
Oak Harbor Village Council got the project rolling Monday when members heard the first reading of an ordinance directing interim administrator Randy Genzman to prepare specifications, advertise for bids and award contracts relating to the second mile of the line replacement. The second reading will be March 17. Three readings are required unless council chooses to use the emergency clause.
Crews completed the first phase last year.
The work consists of replacing the 10-inch steel line dating back to 1939 with 12-inch PVC pipe.
Funding is being provided through $486,400 of recently approved Ohio Public Works funds, Genzman said. Of that, $325,000 is a grant and the remainder falls under a low-interest loan the village has 20 years to pay off.
The state recently announced its choices for project funding. Officials will not, however, release the money until July 1. Part of the award stipulation is that bidding and actual work cannot begin until after that date.
Village officials, however, can move forward with engineering services – by fronting the initial costs that are expected to be reimbursed.
The engineering contract amounts to $97,600, Genzman explained. The village will break up the engineering component into three installments so the money is not all tied up at once, he explained.
The $38,400 first phase of the engineering services will cover design. The $4,000 second phase covers the bidding process. The largest portion, an estimated $54,400, goes toward the construction workload that begins in September.
Residents and businesses are expected to see little or no interruption in services. Water service will be affected when individual taps are connected to the system intermittently, Genzman said.
AMP Ohio survey
Residents in the village may be receiving a telephone survey from AMP Ohio representatives. The company asked council’s permission to query residents regarding rates, service, customer service and a number of other issues.
Their goal, Genzman told council, is to talk to 1,000 residents and 400 commercial/industry customers split among 77 communities.
The company conducted a similar survey three years ago.