Approximately $840,000 in loans for replacement of pavement, water lines, and sewer amenities on Adams Street have been approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Village trucks began removing curbside trees on Adams this past week, but the bulk of the project will not start until at least July 24 as Columbia Gas finishes installation of a new service line, said Wellington village manager Steve Dupee.
“The work on Adams may need moved back one week to allow Columbia to finish its work,” he said. “All the trees removed this week would have been impacted by the project’s construction and would not have survived.”
Construction was awarded to Fechko Excavating of Media this spring after the company placed a $851,000 bid. The project was originally projected to cost around $1.3 million.
“We’re not necessarily going to borrow every dollar the EPA has approved,” Dupee said. “Unless project costs end up increasing over the original bid for some reason, the amount we end up borrowing could come down because we did receive the (Ohio Public Works Commission) money.”
In April, the village notified Adams Street residents of their share of the cost for the pavement portion of the project, which ranges between $4,500 and $13,000 depending on curb length. Officials say $219,000 in public money is expected to be brought in.
The state has contributed $350,000, half-grant and half-loan, to both the Adams Street project and the replacement of Wellington’s 50-year-old Erie Street ground water storage tank.
Like original projections for Adams Street, a new tank is slated to cost $1.3 million. The village has requested nearly $1 million in additional EPA loans for that initiative.
“We won’t submit final approval to the EPA until project engineering is further along and we go out and bid the project,” Dupee said. “The situation is very similar to Adams Street. It’s a matter of having to submit final project costs to the EPA before they give loan approval.”
Drive units on four raw water pumps would also be replaced at the Erie Street plant, he said. Any planning for construction, however, won’t begin until 2018.
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