The culvert behind the Colony Square Mall has been a nuisance since it collapsed in March, but a plan has been put into place to change that.
On Monday, Zanesville City Council passed an ordinance allowing City Service Director Mike Sims to apply for a loan that would help pay for repairs. Sims said the city received a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, but an additional $350,000 is needed to cover the entire cost of the project. He said an application for a low interest loan will be considered by the Ohio Water Department Authority.
"The OWDA loan won't be approved until the end of February," said Sims. "As soon as we have that approval, we'll fire off our application submittal to public works to make sure that we can secure the funds. It will take about 30 days to bid and advertise, and then we'll award the contracts, so we're probably looking at the first part of April before we'll actually be under construction."
Sims said Brandywine Boulevard would be closed for about 30 days during the construction phase. He said that steps are being taken to ensure that the repair work would hold up for at least 30 years.
"Part of the project is to put a concrete liner in the bottom of the pipe that would take the normal daily flow, which would eliminate the potential for scour or further corrosion of the metal pipe," said Sims.
In other news, council tabled an ordinance affecting the licensing and operation of taxicabs in the city, and Fred Buck was introduced as the new Public Safety Director.