City street spring projects move forward

By Danielle Coots - For the News-Current

BEAVERCREEK — Only a few more properties to go until the city has obtained everything needed for completion of the streetscape and Shakertown road widening projects.

Council recently approved appropriations to move meet the deadlines of the Ohio Department of Transportation. The issues move forward for the third and final reading.

As part of the Streetscape Phase II on Dayton-Xenia Road, one resident is hesitating and refusing to speak with the city regarding efforts to improve the street light and placement of decorative flowers in front of her home, as it pertains to the project.

Carrie Clark of 3455 Dayton-Xenia Road, doesn’t want anything to do with the project.

“It’s not about the money the city is offering, she just doesn’t want to talk about it,” City Engineer Jeff Moorman said.

The staff hasn’t even been able to communicate Clark on the details of the project or provide her with the plans.

“One of the projects approved in the capital improvements budget was the expansion of the streetscape improvements in the vicinity of Grange Hall and Dayton-Xenia roads, which was originally built in 2015.” Moorman said. “The extension would include the sections between Ken Klare Drive and West Lynn Drive.”

So far, the city has been successful in acquiring certain parcels or real estate in five out of six cases. City staff has attempted approximately ten times to speak with Clark but she is new to the area and is not a fan of the project.

Councilman Chad Whilding asked Moorman if it was possible to move that part of the project to an area across the street but Moorman said it wouldn’t work because they’re trying to keep the look balanced between the north and south side.

As far as the Shakertown Road Widening Project, the city requested appropriates to allow more time to negotiate time to come to an agreement with Robert and Mary Lucius and to stay in line with the deadlines of the state. The time extension will allow the homeowners and the city to come to an agreement regarding salvaged efforts of two large stone columns at the driveway and the price of mature trees at the side of the home. An appraiser is evaluating the issue and negotiations are continuing at this time.

The engineer’s department also requested appropriations for another property owned by Michael Hammermeister. His property houses a bad drop-off and the plan is to re-profile the road and widen it to three lanes, add a sidewalk and curb along the south side.

“So far, we’ve obtained property from five out of seven properties. Mr. Hammermeister inherited the property but does not live there. We’re trying to purchase it but we need the appropriations to meet the deadlines of the Ohio Department of Transportation,” said Moorman.

The project will move forward.

By Danielle Coots

For the News-Current

Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.

Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.