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Published: Thursday, 2/7/2002

Oregon ponders state aid for plan

The city of Oregon could get a little help from its friends at the Ohio Department of Transportation on part of a bikeway project that will eventually connect Maumee Bay State Park with Pearson Metropark.

City council will vote Monday on whether to accept a grant from the state department for 80 percent of construction costs on the bikeway portion that will link the city's municipal complex on Seaman Road to Pearson Metropark and to bike lanes on Starr Avenue.

Estimated construction costs are $307,000 for the .84-mile stretch of path. The city is receiving state funds earlier than expected because Perrysburg delayed plans for a bike path, Councilman James Seaman said.

“This is something I'm very excited about,” he said.

Construction will begin this summer and take about three months to complete, city officials said.

Council is also scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal to assess residents an estimated $50 per frontage foot on Seaman for installation of a 30-inch trunk sanitary sewer line. The pipe will run from 800 feet west of Wynn Road to Wolf Creek. The project would include building connectors for Seaman residents to tap into the line.

Assessments would total about $900,000. Total project costs are $2.2 million, Paul Roman, city service director, said.

“I feel a small portion of that trunk should be paid for by the property owners,” Mr. Roman said. “They're going to have just as much access to it.”

More than 150 property owners would be charged. Estimated assessed costs range from $2,540 for 50 frontage feet to $48,720 for 958 frontage feet.

The city made a joint agreement with Lucas County and Jerusalem Township in 2000 to build the trunk line.

Some Seaman residents petitioned the city to build a sewer line in the area. Allowing residents to tap into the trunk line will be cheaper and easier than building an 8-inch sewer line alongside the larger pipe, Mr. Roman said.

He said the city decided how much to charge residents based on the costs of adding an 8-inch sewer.

Other issues discussed at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday included:

w Purchase of a 2000 model Zodiac rescue boat, motor, and trailer for $23,300 without a competitive bid. The boat, which was on display and has never been in the water, costs about $6,000 less than new models, Ken Filipiak, city administrator, said.

Council will vote on Monday whether to buy the boat from Burgess Hearse and Ambulance Sales, Inc.

w A rezoning request received by the city for a Home Depot on the southwest corner of Navarre Avenue and Lallendorf Road. The request will be considered at a Feb. 19 planning commission meeting.

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