Washingtonville Council hears culvert report

WASHINGTONVILLE -Council heard a report on fixing the Boston Street culvert by Jon Vollnogle, president of Howells and Baird Inc., on Monday.

Before the last meeting was postponed because of a lack of a quorum, council was prepared to hear two OPWC grant/loan application proposals to repair the culvert by W.E. Quicksall & Associates.

After the meeting Mayor Will Jones said Vollnogle appeared as a “second opinion.”

The sidewalk was the major problem and Vollnogle went into a point-by-point description of the problems he saw after inspecting it.

He said the sidewalk showed the most distress underneath where stones have dislodged and backfill slipped into the stream. He noted the gap in the sidewalk that council members were concerned explaining that concrete had fallen out exposing the reinforcing steel.

A sounding test was performed, Vollnogle said, and it indicated more material could fall on the pedestrian side. Two options were presented and Vollnogle said replacing the sidewalk portion and removing the deck and delamination could make it eligible for Ohio Public Work Commission emergency funds.

He estimated the cost at $23,498 including engineering, adding, “I think this would be a very good project The damage is done, it would be a good one for an emergency application.”

The OPWC could provided between 85 to 90 percent of the money, Vollnogle said pointing out that it was not a huge amount for them.

“It would be a good candidate for option one,” Vollnogle said before laying out the second option that included removing the culvert and replacing it with a box concrete culvert for an estimated cost of $110,417.

He suggested there could be an emergency application for that option with up to an 89 percent grant or zero-interest loan. Jones asked about how long the “quick fix” of the first option provided and Vollnogle said 10 years plus. “The sidewalk portion is really bad … 10 plus, maybe longer,” he said and, in response to a question by Council President Ramona Custer, said option two would last from 50 to 60 years.

Solicitor Michele McBride Simonelli asked if he recommended they close the sidewalk and Vollnogle said, “yes.”

Street Department Supervisor Ed Garrett asked about wing walls and Vollnogle said for another $4,000 to $5,000 that “wouldn’t hurt.”

Simonelli asked if that would increase the longevity.

“Probably wouldn’t increase the longevity a lot,” he said.

No action was taken on the issue.

In other business, council discussed a clothing allowance for police officers after Assistant Chief Mark Husk made the request by listing officer’s expenses such as uniforms, boots, leather gear, weapon and badges, all of which come out of their own pockets.

Councilwoman Laura Trummer wondered about other employees.

“The street department, do you give them an allowance too?” she asked.

A lengthy discussion led to council tentatively agreeing to stipulations, most prominently a requirement that officers work at least 24 hours per month for one year to be eligible for the allowance. Trummer said she wasn’t sure what the specific requirement should be, “but it should be something.”

The request will be attached to pay increase ordinance for street employees when council hears the third reading on it. Council heard the second reading on it Monday.

Also, Husk said the police department is still looking for new officers; the village picnic was set for 3 to 7 p.m., Sept. 21 and will have two bounce houses and a dunk tank; and a “keeping Washingtonville beautiful” cleanup day was set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Council’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16.