ASHLAND -- The City of Ashland could soon move forward on its plans to extend Wells Road to Route 250 in the area of the industrial park, possibly even completing the $1.1 million project by the end of 2020.
At its regular Tuesday meeting, Ashland City Council unanimously approved legislation to purchase the approximately one-acre property at 1164 U.S. Route 250 in Ashland for $25,640 from the Estate of Timothy S. Pollard.
The project could enhance the visibility and accessibility of the industrial park, according to the legislation.
"Last year, we engaged an engineering firm to put together the design for that road extension, and we were waiting for this property before we’d move forward," said Mayor Matt Miller.
He explained that the property owner had passed away and the property had to go through a legal process before the city of Ashland could acquire it. Conversations had begun about this project shortly after Miller took office in January 2018.
Once the property transfer is finalized, he predicts the road extension project will move quickly. He'd like to see legislation to approve going out for bids as early as the next city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4
Already $650,000 in grants have been secured for the project. One of the grants was awarded by ODOT, then other was a transportation district grant, Miller said.
Property from Pump House Ministries Acquired
The city of Ashland will acquire the property likely best known as the Revivals Thrift Store from the Pump House Ministries.
A group of residents volunteered to cover the costs of the IRS lean on the 345 Orange Street property so that it could be given to the City of Ashland.
A draft agreement was signed in June 2019, and Tuesday evening, city council finalized the decision to acquire the property by unanimously approving an ordinance.
In other news at Tuesday evening's council meetings:
-- Mayor Miller shared hopes to light up the stainless steel "A's" located at Ashland's entryways.
Since 2017, three large stainless steel “A’s” have welcomed residents and visitors alike to Ashland. One is positioned at the intersection of U.S. 250 and U.S. 42, another at the intersection of Ohio 60 and Ohio 511 and the third located along U.S. 42 near the WNCO radio station.
An early estimate from Ohio Edison, Miller said, could cost only $3,500 to run electric to those locations.
-- Council highlighted an ongoing project to improve the facade of 16 West Main Street, which Mayor Miller called the "most visible eyesore" in Ashland's historic downtown.
A portion of Center Street could be closed for one to two weeks as equipment is needed that will take up the street.
"Short term sacrifice for long-term gain," Miller said.
-- City leadership announced its leaf pickup is wrapping up. If anyone has a stack of leaves left in their yard, they can contact the street department at 419-289-9791.
-- Council reminded city residents that on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., Mayor Miller will deliver the State of the City Address at Ashland High School’s Archer Auditorium, 1440 King Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805.
Following introductions of city officials, Miller will highlight the many successes the city experienced this past year and look ahead to the beginning of a new decade.
This is a free event, and the public and media are invited to attend. Doors will open at approximately 6:40 p.m.