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Repairs to streets, sidewalks from Columbia Gas gas-line work being done

Cary Ashby • Nov 7, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Repairs of Norwalk streets and sidewalks have begun after a recent project in the city by Columbia Gas of Ohio.

Columbia Gas had a subcontract with Mid-Ohio Pipeline Services to repair leaky gas lines and wasn’t working for the city. In early September, Mid-Ohio Pipeline crews started working on an area covering about 30 city blocks from Milan Avenue to State Street and from Main to League streets.

“It has made quite a mess of our streets and our sidewalks,” Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan told council Tuesday.

Duncan said Columbia Gas had notified the city it was going to be repairing the gas lines, but didn’t reveal final details “until the last minute.” The mayor said he was the only person to attend a public hearing on the matter and “we didn’t hear any complaints” until afterward.

As of late October, the work was near completion on North Foster Street and nearly 60 percent done overall. Duncan said the street and sidewalk repairs are expected to be completed before the start of winter.

Tuesday was the first council meeting for new Norwalk Safety-Service Director Ellen Heinz. She follows Dan Wendt, who resigned, effective Aug. 24, and accepted an offer to serve as the assistant city manager for Fairfield, near Cincinnati. Heinz told council she was “very honored” to serve the city and looks forward to working with council members and city administrators.

Also, Wade Leimeister started as the Norwalk wastewater treatment superintendent recently. For about the last five years, he supervised both the water and wastewater plants in Plain City. For 23 years prior to that in Lima, Leimeister served as its industrial monitoring and lab chief, water plant chemist and wastewater lab technician.

“We’re happy to have him come aboard,” said Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder, noting it was a great coincidence for Leimeister’s first full day on the job to be during significant rain — about 2.8 inches between Thursday and Friday. “We fared well out of that rain event.”

In addition, Snyder informed council there will be a private “last call” service to signify the formal closing of the original fire station today. The city engineer said the ceremony should be touching and he hopes an audio recording of the call will be available on the city Facebook page.

Firefighters transported the last of the items from the original station to the new facility Tuesday night. 

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