LAFAYETTE TWP. — Medina County commissioners have authorized the Medina County Department of Planning Services to submit a 2019 Critical Infrastructure Grant application to the Ohio Development Services Agency.
The grant is needed to fund a $400,000 project that would replace the roadway and the bridge leading to the homes located on Euclid Avenue, Lakeview Court, Lakeside Drive and Shady Slope Drives in the township.
In order to demonstrate a community buy-in, the Department of Planning Services requests that Lafayette Township trustees and commissioners each contribute $1,000 toward the project. The Medina County Park District will contribute $40,000.
“It’s in the area near the entrance of the old Chippewa Lake Amusement Park,” Planning Services Director Rob Henwood said. “The park district is in the process of purchasing some property and there is a bridge that serves 49 households. What we are planning to do is replace the bridge and reconstruct a new public road that would provide access to those residences.”
Henwood told commissioners that the $1,000 would show there is a community buy-in to the project.
He said the bridge is in dire need of repair.
“The Lafayette Township Fire Department and township road department will not cross the current failing single lane bridge,” Henwood said.
The fire department carries an extra 300 feet of hose to service the area for fire suppression.
He said a new bridge and roadway will dramatically improve the health and safety of the service area. The improvements will provide safe access to residents, safety services and other area public service providers.
Currently, residents are using the bridge and it is open.
Henwood said the new roadway would be asphalt, 20 feet in width and approximately 0.3 miles long. The design of the bridge will be a 14-foot, 4-inch, four-sided box culvert.
The sanitary engineer’s department has a pump station immediately adjacent to this bridge, which helped sway the commissioners’ approval.
“Hopefully, everything works for the grant funding,” Henwood said.
The $1,000 would come out of the commissioners’ general fund, County Administration Scott Miller said.
Henwood said his office would administer the grant and select contractors.
“For the critical infrastructure — a piece of infrastructure that is of imminent failure — the county can apply for up to $600,000,” he said.
“We hope that once we’re successful with this, it’s something we can replicate. There is a significant amount of money available for these types of projects.”