The long-anticipated sidewalk in Cardington is ready for use.
Th walkway runs from East Main Street along Gilead Street (US Highway 42) and continues north to the village corporation limits, and is now complete.
The 2,560 linear foot walkway includes new ramps and driveway entrance replacements along the route.
The project began when the village submitted the grant application completed by OHM advisors (Village Engineers). This application was reviewed and accepted by Ike Hickman, grant specialist with the Morrow County Development and Shane Farnsworth, Morrow County Economic Development Director and resulted in the awarding of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $78,000.
In order, three bids were submitted and the final bid was awarded to D.L. Smith Concrete, LLC from Norwalk, Ohio in the amount of $99,342.60. An estimated additional amount for change orders approved
by the village totals $10,000.
The groundbreaking took place Aug. 4 and the project was completed Sept. 14.
Mayor Susie Peyton thanked village council for the foresight in “knowing we needed a sidewalk. The safety of residents is a priority.”
She thanked OHM advisors for writing the grant, the Morrow County Economic Development office, Ike Hickman, grant specialist with the Morrow County Development Office and Shane Farnsworth, Morrow County Economic
Development Director; the county commissioners for approving the project and Deb Fry, village fiscal officer and village manager. “One of the continued concerns of the village council is to address the issue regarding the lack of sidewalks in our village.
The goal, first and foremost, is the safety of all residents as well as making our village a walkable community. We hope this is the first of many projects of this kind,” concluded Peyton.
Others attending the groundbreaking in addition to those named in this story were village council president John Nippert, Commissioners Dennis Leader, Tom Whiston and Richard Miller; Ohio legislative representative Wes Goodman; Lea Ann Maceyko, president of the Cardington Improvement Corporation and Robbie Scheeler, OHM Advisor representative.