Public works rejuvinates village streets


By Kelsey Leyva - kleyva@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise <p style="text-align: left;">A concrete crew with the public works department prepares to pour on Union Street between Elm and Johns Street.

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

A concrete crew with the public works department prepares to pour on Union Street between Elm and Johns Street.


Ready to do more precise work with a shovel, Kyle Keiffer jumps in the hole he dug with big machinery.


Wellington has seen its fair share of orange cones and workers in hard hats this summer.

Public works superintendent Bob Brasee said the bigger projects he and his crews have been working on are finally starting to wind down.

A water line installation on Johns Street is nearly complete. Once the lines passes a test, village workers will be able to tap residents into it.

Brasee’s concrete crew has also been working hard all summer to smooth some of the rougher streets in the village. A lot of the attention was on Union Street, which Brasee expects to have finished this week.

“Then when they get done I’m going to have my concrete crew and my water crew merge together after the kids go and then I’ll be able to pour the concrete on the water job,” he said.

That involves fixing a few driveways and areas around the fire station. And the “kids” he’s referring to are the nine college students who assisted the public works department this summer.

Brasee lost about half of his summer help last week because college students are preparing to start the fall semester.

Summer employees are essential, especially when it comes to the bigger projects, he said. He still gets a lot done once they head back to school but his crews don’t complete quite as much without the added help.

Brasee’s team of workers also tackled the dirt work on the new baseball field at Wellington Community Park. They started on the field back in June but were set back by rain.

“The baseball field at the rec park’s coming along really well,” he said. “We pretty much have the dirt leveled and we’re actually trying to put in place where we’re going to put the field and hopefully get some stuff ordered.”

Fencing and dugouts are a few of the items Brasee needs to order. He already has unused bleachers that will be added to the field.

Brasee said some other street work is scheduled and he expects it to be completed within the first few weeks of September. South Street, Middle Street, and the parking lot on Depot Street will all be slurry sealed.

About $25,000 is spent on the slurry seal every year in Wellington. If the budget allows, Brasee might also seal part of the rec park’s parking lot.

Despite the near-constant construction, traffic wasn’t impacted too much by the public works department.

“They’re kind of used to us,” Brasee said. “We do this every year somewhere.”

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

A concrete crew with the public works department prepares to pour on Union Street between Elm and Johns Street.

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Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

A concrete crew with the public works department prepares to pour on Union Street between Elm and Johns Street.

Ready to do more precise work with a shovel, Kyle Keiffer jumps in the hole he dug with big machinery.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/08/web1_KyleKeiffer.jpgReady to do more precise work with a shovel, Kyle Keiffer jumps in the hole he dug with big machinery.

By Kelsey Leyva

kleyva@civitasmedia.com