Reminderville secures funding for $1.4 million Nautilus work

by CONNER HOWARD | REPORTER Published:

Reminderville -- Road conditions and water line quality are expected to improve on Nautilus Trail when a $1.4 million project commences later this year.

The extensive road project set to being this fall will be funded by $644,250 in grant money secured from the Ohio Public Works Commission, $540,000 from Cleveland Water and $226,000 from the village from permissive taxes and road levy funds.

Two resolutions related to the project were passed at Village Council's Aug. 13 meeting, one accepting the grant from the OPWC and a second awarding a contract for $644,250 to Twinsburg-based TriMor Corp.

"We've had a lot of work going on in Aurora Shores," said Councilman Mark Silversten. "Our two biggest thoroughfares are Nautilus and Glenwood. I think everyone's really excited to get the work done, the water lines replaced and the street redone. It's traveled by a lot of Reminderville and it'll be nice to see it when it's all finished."

The project will involve road reconstruction, paid for in part by the OPWC grant, and 3,100 linear feet of water line repair, paid for in part by $540,000 from Cleveland Water, according to Mayor Sam Alonso. The project also will replace around 3,400 square feet of pavement along Nautilus Trail.

"First, we do the water lines," Alonso said. "Cleveland Water is giving us the money to do that. Then the public works money, plus the permissive tax will make up the difference."

Work on the road reconstruction will follow the water line replacement and is likely to be completed in spring 2014, Alonso said.

"They'll probably start doing the digging for the water lines within the next three weeks, maybe sooner," Alonso said. "Before it's completed and paved, it'll probably be spring of next year. The water lines probably will be done by the end of the year, but you don't want to pave until the weather's nice."

Alonso added the permissive tax funds ($170,000) will be used for the back-end road repairs to Nautilus Trail. In the village, only Nautilus Trail and Glenwood Boulevard can be repaired with permissive tax funds.

IN ADDITION, a final 4 percent of the project (about $56,000) will be paid by the village's road levy, according to Fiscal Officer Deborah Wordell.

"There's a small balance that will be paid from the road levy fund, which is used for repair and replacement of roads from a general maintenance standpoint," Wordell said.

The village applied for the OPWC grant in May 2012 and it was OK'd by the commission in November. OPWC grant funds are normally used the year after they are awarded, said Alonso. The resolution accepting the grant was passed as an emergency in order to get the project started as soon as possible.

"I didn't want to wait for three readings for somebody that's trying to give us money," Alonso said.

During the project, Nautilus Trail will be reduced to one lane of traffic as no detour route is available, according to Alonso.

He added he is glad to address the issues on Nautilus Trail, which have been on the village's agenda for several years. If time and funding allow, he said he also hopes to be able to implement minor storm sewer and flood-mitigation improvements during the project.

"The water lines are a problem throughout the village that we've been working on for the past six or seven years, now," Alonso said. "The road repair on Nautilus -- it's been the past couple years we've been trying to get this money situation. In the process, we hope to do a couple little side jobs to help some issues where we have some flooding."

When the road and water line repairs on Nautilus Trail are complete, Alonso expects residents will experience a smoother drive and more reliable water service.

"The road itself will be much nicer," Alonso said. "At the same time, we'll try to work on some other issues to help alleviate the flooding."

"It's a main road and it's good that it's going to be taken care of," Silversten added.

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