Cadiz hopes to secure grant

CADIZ — Cadiz is hoping to secure an up to $400,000 grant in order to install a series of new sidewalks to benefit residents.

Members of the Village Council discussed the matter at Thursday’s evening meeting. Village Administrator Ted Andrzejewski said he had recently met with newly elected Mayor John Migliore and a representative from Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association to discuss the installation of new sidewalks in three areas of the village.

The main path eyed for replacement is along state Route 9 to the new Harrison Hills City School. The installation is part of the Safe Routes to School project, an Ohio Department of Transportation-funded project that aims to provide students with a safe route to school.

“(It will be) where the Sander’s Market is, down Route 9, on the right hand side, and then cross over and meet the sidewalk going to the school,” he said of where the sidewalk would be installed.

The village is applying for a grant that will fund up to $400,000 to install the new sidewalk.

“It will make it better for the kids to walk to school,” he said.

The sidewalk will be 5 feet wide and approximately 1,000 feet in length.

“The other side of Route 9 already has a sidewalk, so we will install a crosswalk. We’ll put the new sidewalk on the right hand side, it’ll cross over and join the side leading to the school,” he explained.

Andrzejewski said the installation will not occur for another two years.

The village is hoping to install two additional sidewalks: One on Main Street near the Bingham Terrance apartments and one on Lincoln Avenue near Dollar General.

Andrzejewski said the installations will benefit the residents of the village.

“The village has been wanting to do this for years,” he said.

Council signed a resolution authorizing the mayor to prepare and submit the application to the Safe Routes to School at Thursday’s meeting. Councilman Terry Capers made the motion to accept the resolution, it was seconded by Councilman Billy Hyde. The resolution passed unanimously.

Village leaders said they are unsure what the official cost will be to perform the installation of the school’s new sidewalk. An engineer’s estimate is necessary to find out the cost, Andrzejewski said.

Officials said they anticipate the cost to be lower than $400,000, however they will not know until the estimate is complete.

In other matters, Andrzejewski also said the village has installed 23 water meters in the past month. He explained some of the meters did not read properly which led to some residents only being charged the minimum instead of the correct amount.

“Each meter being replaced will bring in more money for the water department,” he said.

There are not many remaining to install, he said.

He also announced that the two new streetlights for the high school on Reservoir Road have been installed. The village used remaining grant funds from the Community Improvement Corp., to aid in the funding of the streetlights cost. The total cost of the lights was $3,162.

In other matters, New Athens Mayor Joe Petro announced his candidacy for a seat on the Harrison County Board of Commissioners at the council meeting.