Council panel moves ahead on street project

IMAGE SUBMITTED An artist’s rendering, created by Tiffin’s engineer’s office and EMH&T, shows a proposal for the Sarah Street renovation project looking east on Sarah Street at East Perry Street. Construction for the project is to be completed later this year.

A Tiffin City Council committee agreed Thursday morning to send legislation to council that would allow city administration to bid a nearly $1.5 million road renovation project.

Tiffin Engineer Mario Livojevic said the Sarah Street renovation project, which includes widening the road and adding new surfacing, is fully funded by federal earmark money that was received more than 10 years ago. The cost for construction is projected at $1,490,167.45, Livojevic said.

He said the project is expected to bid this spring, pending a final railroad permit and Ohio Department of Transportation authorization. Livojevic said construction then would conclude this year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the project serves multiple purposes.

“The Sarah Street project is both a beautification as well as a project that will alleviate traffic flow on Greenfield Street and make the area safer for (Heidelberg University) students,” he said.

The Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers Committee unanimously approved sending legislation to the full council.

The ordinance is to be read for the first time at Monday’s council meeting.