Planners review streets set for repairs

STEUBENVILLE – The city’s planning and zoning commission on Monday reviewed and approved a list of streets to be resurfaced this year through the Community Development Block Grant funds program.

The commission members agreed to ask City Council to sunshine emergency legislation to authorize advertising for bids.

Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said the deadline for completing the CDBG funded street improvement project is July 15.

“The streets recommended by City Engineer Michael Dolak include finishing the remainder of Oak Grove Avenue from Pittsburgh Street to the west terminus, Darlington Road from Oakland Way to the north terminus, Edgewood Place from Oakland Way to Maple Way, Oakland Way from Darlington Road to Edgewood Place, Superior Street from Edgewood Place to North Seventh Street and Maple Way from Darlington Road to Edgewood Place. We are also looking at resurfacing Highland Avenue from North Street to its north terminus and Dock Street from Highland Avenue to North Seventh Street,” explained Petrossi.

“If funds are available, the alternate streets to be considered are Logan Street from North Seventh Street to the railroad tracks and Ross Street from North Seventh Street to the railroad tracks,” added Petrossi.

During his planning and community development report to the commission, Petrossi said bids were opened on Jan. 9 for fire damaged structures and were awarded to Pusateri Excavating for 1409 State St. and 235 N. Eighth St.

Bids for the demolition of 711 N. Seventh St. and 523 Maxwell Ave. were awarded to X-Treme Demolition, said Petrossi.

In other business, the commission requested City Council introduce legislation to advertise for bids on an emergency basis for the park safety and security lighting project.

“McKinley and Associates of Wheeling is currently working on the plans and specifications for the lighting project. The deadline for the completion of the project is July 15,” noted Petrossi.

Petrossi also announced a public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. on March 8 in the City Council chambers for a Clean Ohio Assistance Fund program application for $1 million.

The city is seeking the grant for asbestos abatement and demolition at the former RG Steel blast furnace in Steubenville.