Silver Grove Sidewalk Project May Wait Till Next Year
It may be more realistic for Silver Grove to wait until next year for the second leg of its sidewalk installation project along Four Mile, Senior Design Engineer Justin Verst, of Viox & Viox, told city council on Thursday evening.
“If you’re really hoping to get Four Mile in this year, I think we really need to try to split them. If you’re OK with trying to get Four Mile built in the spring (2017), from my standpoint, a sidewalk at the side of a state road is not good right at the end of fall anyway because they salt that road and you’ll probably end up with a little rougher finish on it,” Verst said.
Verst added that the city could choose the option of issuing bids in the fall, then selecting a contractor the following spring to finish the project at once.
“We want to take our time with the easement deal,” Mayor Neal Bedel said. “It looks like the spring of 2017,” when the project may come together, he told Verst, which the engineer said the city should likely get the OK on.
Susan Doyle presented to council on the possibility of hosting a health fair during the summer. St. Elizabeth Hospital was last in town to conduct such a fair over five years ago, the mayor said, and the community would be highly interested in bringing it back as it garnered a lot of interest the last time it was held. Doyle said it would be centered on a safety theme for children and younger kids, while adults would be able to receive services such as blood pressure screenings.
Bedel discussed the possibility of Silver Grove acquiring land on the south side of Continental and planting a garden on the plot or planting fruit trees. He said a deal would contain the caveat of the city maintaining the land on that side, which it currently does not.
The Campbell County Police report stated that nearly 80% of its traffic stops within Silver Grove originate from out-of-town vehicles, with a few cars coming from Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, and others from surrounding cities Bellevue, Newport, and Dayton.
The Vogel farm property near Lindon Street where property is being purchased is a hot-button topic among council members. The property owners are wondering if the city would give them permission to fill the two parcels of land even though they don’t have an idea yet for what they would like to use it for. Bedel and members of council are concerned because there is no timetable on when the land would have to be filled in and council is afraid the owners could end up using it as a dumping ground for their construction equipment, which the city does not want people seeing as they drive into town.
Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor