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STEUBENVILLE — City Council decided on Tuesday to keep its options open when it comes to repairs to the Beatty Park Bridge.

While members made it clear that they plan to fund expensive repairs to the historic sandstone bridge, at this week’s meeting they agreed for now, at least, that they should keep in mind open as to how they fix it.

“We just can’t put all our eggs in one basket” said Tracy McManamon, City Councilwoman for the 2nd Ward. “I am for the reconstruction, but I am concerned about the cost we were given. I would say we need to slow down a bit, let (Municipal Engineer Mike Dolak) do his job, let him get his estimates from his people. Let them do their thing before we commit to a path when we really have two or three different paths (we could) go.

Friends of Beatty lobbied for a rebuild as it would preserve the historic integrity of the bridge and brought in an engineer who has worked on other historic projects to talk about how he would do it. He originally thought it could be done for around $250,000, but with material and labor costs skyrocketing, the latest estimate is in the range of $340,000 plus engineering and utilities. allowed.

Hull and Associates, a Newark-based surveying and engineering firm with which the city has previously worked, prepared a report two years ago outlining options for repairing the bridge. Dolak had grasped what he called “Option 4 — Replacement of the existing arch with a precast concrete arch” with a life expectancy of 70 years”, but the council told him that he would like to obtain an award for the removal and reconstruction of the bridge.

At Dolak’s request, at-large councilor Kimberly Hahn ruled out the legislation announcing proposals for professional engineering design services for the bridge project.

Dolak said the order would only authorize engineering, “no construction or anything else.”

He said that once they had chosen an engineer, “We will bring in the company, get a price to do the preliminary engineering to reduce the cost of rebuilding the bridge as option 1, rebuilding the bridge as option 4 and, if they believe they can rehabilitate the bridge. We will ask them to review all three options (and include) construction and cost estimates, all permits, and bank stabilization shielding. »

Hahn said Parks and Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf applied for a $500,000 stream restoration grant, saying: “If we fix the bridge and don’t fix the problem, we’re going to end up with a similar problem.”

McManamon, meanwhile, suggested collaborating with the Franciscan University Leadership Institute to “bringing these people to the city government on an unpaid basis” and floated the idea of ​​changing the time of the weekly meeting to 7 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, the board urgently passed the second amended consent order with the Ohio EPA.

“The most important thing we have in the agreement is if something unforeseen happens that we have no control over, that affects us financially and prevents us from accomplishing something…. we have a margin of maneuver to extend these dates”, said city manager Jim Mavromatis. “That’s the most important thing. No one has a crystal ball to see where we will be financially.

Council also heard the second reading of an ordinance that would create a community improvement council.

Later, 4th District councilor Royal Mayo gave notice that he was going to table it for further study.

“None of us had a say in (the board),” he said. “I think we need more due diligence on this, more talk if we really want to do this…more talk.”

The mayor was concerned that only one council member had to sit on the city’s CIC and said the council “should have more input (than) that.”

The council also heard the first reading of a resolution that would authorize the city’s participation in ODOT’s road salt contracts in 2022, and returned Gloria Crossland for another term on the Fair Housing Practices Board.

Hahn ignored resolutions proclaiming April Minority Health Month and also Fair Housing Month, while Timmons ignored legislation allowing city officials to get a grant to inventory and map major services and declare an emergency, as well as a resolution proclaiming April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Paul called a meeting of the board’s finance committee for 6 p.m. on April 5.



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