UTICA — Village Administrator Glen Richards informed village council Monday the decorative lighting project on Main Street had begun with the drilling of the holes for the light posts, but they’ve also been informed the poles have been back ordered. It will probably be four weeks before the poles are delivered, he said.

“We are talking to the sales rep about the situation,” he said.

The poles were supposed to be delivered by Monday.

Richards also reported that the Ohio Department of Transportation will not approve opening a 24-foot wide access road off U.S. 62 to property between 62 and Blacksnake Road. They will only approve an 18-foot access, unless the village buys the additional right of way from the state and also pays for an environmental impact statement.
Richards explained that the property owner, Iron Rock, has plans for selling lots, but they need the wider access. The 18-foot access is only the width of an alley and would not be wide enough for access by emergency vehicles.

Richards explained that back in the 1960s, the state bought up the undeveloped accesses off U.S. 62 and to get more than an 18-foot access, the village would have to pay current market value.
He doesn’t know what the environmental study would cost, but it would be ‘expensive,’ he said.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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