Council updated on Spring Street project

By Susan Hartley

July 24, 2014

By Gary Gregory

For the Daily Call

COVINGTON — Controlling floodwater in Covington has been a longtime concern of the Covington Village Council.

In the wake of the flooding caused by the May 21 storm, the council discussed ways to answer those concerns during its Monday meeting. Larger piping along Spring Street was discussed.

Known as the Spring Street project planned for completion by the fall of 2015, it has been the point of discussion for many months. The project should solve the bulk of the village flooding issues, according to Mayor Ed McCord and Village Administrator Mike Busse.

McCord characterized the project of sewers and piping as a “great challenge” and Busse said it would be a “great improvement” for the village. Distributing the rain water with better piping would help the flooding concerns, especially near the school district.

Brice D. Schmitmeyer, president of Access Engineering Solutions, said upgrading part of Spring Street to a 36-inch pipe and adding another 24-inch pipe in the area near the schools is one recommendation.

Schmimeyer said he would meet this week with the Miami County Engineers to discuss other details of the project. Bids for the project are scheduled Aug. 7 and 14. Bid openings are slated Aug. 28. Council contract awarding is set for Sept. 2.

In other business, council voted to discontinue the Employee Health Compass Program. Basically, the 5-year program generated little participation and the cost was too high, according to Busse.

Council also authorized Busse to enter into a 5-year contract for lighting services with Miami Valley Lighting. Council approved the payment of $56,199 to Wagner Paving for its milling project on High Street.

Quarterly reports were presented by the Covington fire, police and EMS.

In a sidebar note from McCord, he said the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is slated Saturday, July 26 at the Covington Middle School.

Council will convene its next meeting on Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m.