Broadway

A look at Broadway in Shelby as shown earlier in October. 

In legislative business Oct. 4, Shelby City Council voted for action related to the city’s Broadway sanitary sewer replacement project. 

Specifically, it authorized the mayor as director of public service to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission state capital improvement and/or local transportation improvement program. That is in addition to executing contracts as required.

The resolution, No. 67-2021, was sponsored by Councilman Nathan Martin, chairman of the Utilities and Streets Committee.
 
Prior to the meeting, John Ensman, city of Shelby municipal utilities director and deputy public service director, was contacted by the Daily Globe for further details on the project.
 
"The reason for the resolution is to authorize the mayor to submit the Broadway sanitary sewer project to the Ohio Public Works Commission to see if the project will qualify for financial assistance," Ensman responded via email.
 
Plans called for the project to be submitted on Oct. 27, Ensman reported.   
 
"The engineers' estimated cost is $328,800," he detailed. "The project application submittal will be asking for 50% of the project cost to be covered by financial assistance from the Ohio Public Works Commission."
 
"So if the project is awarded the 50% financial assistance, the city’s financial responsibility portion would be $164,400," Ensman said.  
 
He noted, however, that the project cost figure is an estimate. 
 
"The project will go out for competitive bid and if the bid comes in lower than the estimate, the city’s financial responsibility will be 50% of the lower cost," Ensman  said. "The actual project start date is unknown at this time. The project will start and be completed in 2022."
 
In remarks to City Council, Shelby Project Coordinator Joe Gies provided additional details.
 
"In talking with our administration and Service Department, this section of sewer runs behind the houses on Broadway between Whitney and Smiley, 100 years old very flat," Gies said. "They have to go in there and jet it all of the time. It is very difficult because of its age."
 
"This rose to the top of the ones that the crews felt were the most important to get fixed," Gies said.

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