HUBBARD City council OKs pact for sidewalk project

The mayor sought a delay in new-project proposals till his plan is done.
HUBBARD -- City council has approved a $181,313 contract for the city downtown sidewalk project.
Lawmakers authorized the board of control to enter into an agreement with the lowest bidder, Joe Lofaro Concrete Co. of Youngstown.
Mayor Arthur U. Magee said the company can begin work immediately.
The project calls for the construction of new sidewalks and curbs on the south side of West Liberty Street, from Hall Avenue to the square.
Magee told lawmakers Monday that the work will be coordinated with the resurfacing of East and West Liberty Streets and North Main Street.
This project is slated to tentatively begin March 29 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the mayor added.
Mayor's request
In another matter, Magee asked lawmakers during a caucus session before the regular meeting to hold off proposing any new projects until he puts together his five-year plan.
The mayor cautioned council after a sewer project was proposed by Councilman Edward Palestro Sr., D-4th.
The mayor told lawmakers during the caucus that he would have the plan completed by early April.
Council President John Darko pointed out that council has final approval on any plan presented by the administration or lawmakers can change it.
He said the plans should address the problem of storm water getting into the sanitary-sewer system.
Measure passed
Also, lawmakers passed a measure that gives the controlling board permission to seek bids for storm sewers along Saul and Hillview drives.
Kenneth Graben, superintendent of water and wastewater, said the bids are needed to get an idea of how much the project will cost.
The area's storm sewers have collapsed in some areas and filled with tree roots in others.
In other business, council:
UMoved to a second reading an ordinance increasing the marker fees at city-owned Maple Grove Cemetery.
UApproved legislation authorizing the controlling board to advertise for bids for tree trimming this year. The city has budgeted $50,000 for the service.

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