Council approved paving part of U.S. 20 and agreed to try to take advantage of a good deal for new playground equipment for Bishman Park Tuesday night.
Norwalk City Council agreed Tuesday to spend up to $8,800 to resurface .14 mile of Ohio 20 in city limits as part of an Ohio Department of Transportation project.
Ralph Seward, who came out of retirement to direct projects for the city after Engineer James Sawyer resigned unexpectedly recently, told council members that it would cost the city about $22,000 to repave that portion of the road if they didn't agree to the ODOT project.
He said Norwalk's 20 percent match to the ODOT funding would be about $4,800. Engineering costs add almost $800 to Norwalk's share. If the state has to complete full-depth repairs to the roadway, Norwalk could be charged another $2,800. ODOT also will charge the city another $400 to cover the costs of inflation.
Seward said the project will go out to bid next January and the work will be completed in 2008.
Council member Skip Wilde questioned the cost of the project at last week's meeting.
Council member Chris Mushett said Tuesday night he initially wasn't sure of the project either. "I had some concerns about the high cost of this," he said, but as he studied the project he said he discovered the cost was not out of line.
Council unanimously passed the ordinance approving the work.
In other business at Tuesday's work session, Mayor Sue Lesch told council members that a study was underway to plan for traffic flow on the north side of town with the new development underway in Norwalk Commons.
"We want long-term recommendations," she said, to handle the expected surge of traffic to new restaurants and other businesses expected to locate on the north side of the city off of U.S. 250.