Edgerton Village Council

From left, Mayor Lance Bowsher, Village Administrator Zach Dohner and Fiscal Officer Denise Knecht discussed a myriad of issues during Monday’s Edgerton Village Council meeting. JOSH EWERS/Staff

Edgerton is kicking off yet another street project to improve its infrastructure, with the work on the latest to begin once work on east and west Hull Street and drainage work on Laubach Drive is wrapped up sometime next year.

Similar to the process that eventually brought in Ohio Public Works Commission grant money for the village to do work on Business Alley East last year and funds that are contributing to those aforementioned projects as well, the village held a second reading Monday to allow village Administrator Zach Dohner to apply for funds for planned work on Business Alley West, when the time arrives.

No cost estimate is yet available through the village’s frequently utilized Poggemeyer Design Group, but the Business Alley West project will entail new road surface as well as new water line and storm sewer infrastructure. The Business Alley East project originally cost the village $191,923.15, with 50 percent of that cost covered by an OPWC grant.

“This will benefit the post office, as well as other businesses and a few residents,” said Dohner “I’m looking to go from (U.S.) 6 to West Hull Street. It will be three blocks total.”

He also indicated the road improvement will help usher in a new coffee shop, A Cup of Joy, that is tentatively slated to come to the village in that area.

“With the coffee shop going in, we’re also removing some dilapidated buildings there, just to kind of give a new surface to get in there to Cup of Joy,” said Dohner.

The road also acts as a backup if the railroad crossing is blocked.

“It’s to try to match what we did on the other side to help businesses and residents,” Dohner said.

But before work there gets underway, the Laubach Drive project, which will entail installation of catch basins allowing more water to escape Miller Park and be guided by drainage tiles to alleviate flooding issues, will get underway sometime in the next year. A roughly 50-50 matching grant for the more than $250,000 project from OPWC was awarded July 1.

During that time, the previously reported Hull Street projects, which entail reconstruction of the road, replacement of 1970s-installed sanitary sewer lines and 1930s-installed water lines, as well as work on gutters, catch basins, manholes and underdrains, will also be active. East and west side Hull Street projects will utilize grant money from the OPWC, which is slated to cover 42 percent of the cost, at $322,000 and $349,000 respectively.

Council also heard that Habitat for Humanity is interested in utilizing a lot on Oak Street behind village hall to build a 1,400-square-foot, three-bedroom house, if the idea is of interest to council. Several Edgerton residents are said to be in consideration for ownership of the house, according to Dohner.

Council members unanimously supported the idea informally, but no motion was made, as the village’s legal team will have to explore whether donation is the appropriate move or whether a sale of the village-owned property, which would essentially be a formality in this case, would be required by law.

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