Mingo receives repaving funding

MINGO JUNCTION — Village Council was informed Tuesday the last piece of funding has been received to repave about a one-half mile stretch of Commercial Avenue in front of the steel mill.

Village Administrator Bob Smith said the work is part of an economic development incentive for the mill.

The Ohio Public Works Commission is contributing $279,000 and the Ohio Department of Transportation is kicking in $150,000. Smith said he was concerned about the village’s share of the $645,000 project. Smith said JobsOhio stepped up and agreed to provide $215,551.

Smith said the village will only have to contribute about $12,000 for the work, mainly in the design phase.

Smith said the road will be rebuilt and paved from the entrance to the water plant to the entrance to the mill.

He said JobsOhio came forward with the money after the announced sale of the steel mill to JSW Steel of India.

“I’m convinced the project is moving forward because of the new proposed owners of the mill,” Smith said. “I had a lot of help. These (funding agencies) really helped us out.”

JSW Steel announced in March the $80.85 million purchase of the mill from ACERO Junction.

Smith said he hopes to have the work done this summer or fall.

Councilman Jack Brettell made a motion for the finance committee to consider a pay bonus for Smith for securing the funding for the project. Council members agreed for the finance committee to consider the bonus, with Councilman Jeffrey Schuetz voting against it.

Council agreed to advertise for bids to repave a section of McLister Avenue from Logan to Carlisle avenues. Smith said a two-inch overlay of asphalt will be applied.

Smith said a study on storm water flow to the sewage treatment plant will be completed at the end of May. The village is under a state Environmental Protection Agency mandate to prevent overflows of storm water and sewerage at the plant during heavy rains.

Smith said the village wants to build holding tank to collect the overflow and slowly send it through the plant.

The flow study will determine the size of the holding tank. Smith said building a holding tank will cost about $4 million as opposed to a $12 million price for separating sanitary and storm water sewers.

Smith said the heater is almost done being installed at the swimming pool at Aracoma Park.

Fire Chief John Wright said inspectors have been going around the village looking for violations of the property maintenance codes. He said letters will be sent giving property owners 10 days to rectify the problems or they will be cited into court.

Concerns were raised during the meeting about a group home on Longview Avenue for people with developmental disabilities. Village Solicitor Ernest Wilson said the village can’t stop the home if the number of people living there doesn’t exceed village requirements.

Councilman Adam Peeler said he wants more information on the group home.

“There is a lack of transparency of what is going on in the home,” he said.

One nearby resident expressed concern about a decrease in property values in the neighborhood.