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Delay in moving utility lines holds up Concord project

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Friday June 19, 2015 2:50 PM

Repairs to Concord Road could be delayed up to six weeks because of delays with a utility company moving service lines and poles, according to Johnstown Village Manager Jim Lenner in his report to Village Council during its June 16 meeting.
Lenner said Century Link — a company that provides internet, telephone and TV services — was notified about the Concord Road construction in February, but has not yet moved the necessary poles, underground lines and cables.
Johnstown Service Director Jack Liggett said the utility lines need to be moved because a new storm sewer, water line and ditch configuration will be put in place on Concord Road.”We are working hard to figure out why this is still a problem and relocate those utilities as soon as possible,” Liggett said.
The project originally was supposed to start June 15 and had an expected deadline of Oct. 31, if there were no delays.
Lenner expressed his frustration at the council meeting.
“We should have been moving dirt already,” he said.
“Now, the proper people have been made aware of this issue. It is frustrating that we did our best to notify them that this needed to be done and progress was not made sooner.”
He said the road project is now expected to be completed in November.
The preconstruction meeting for the project was held May 28.
Other matters
Within the next two weeks, a new sidewalk will be poured near Whit’s Frozen Custard at 551 W. Coshocton St.
The work will be done by Holbrook Construction, the same company that recently repaired some resident’s street curbs and will be repairing the bricks in the historic clock tower.
Also, bids were opened for the Raccoon Creek Pedestrian Bridge.
Opening bids were approximately $60,000 lower than estimated. A final cost is not known yet.
Additionally, there was a first reading of a proposed ordinance to establish new wage and salary ranges for various village positions.
Some positions could see up to a 5-percent increase in the maximum wage or salary range.
Lenner said the changes are being proposed so the village can offer employees competitive wages and increase retention of employees.
The last change to the wage and salary structure was passed Jan. 8, 2013.

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