Summer street paving list announced

Summer street paving list announced
Teri Stein

The Crimson Tornadoes wind break completes the improvements to field seven at Dover City Park.


In a promising sign that summer will soon be here, Service Director Dave Douglas announced the list of streets to be paved in 2024 at the April 15 meeting of Dover City Council.

Streets slated to be paved are West 23rd Street, West 22nd Street between Wooster and Walnut, West 22nd Street between Walnut and the dead end, West 21st Street from Wooster to Walnut, West 21st Street from Walnut to dead end, West 20th Street, West 19th Street, Dover Avenue from 16th to dead end, West 11th Street from Wooster to Dover Avenue, West 11th Street from Dover Avenue to Walnut, West 11th Street from Walnut to Elm, West 10th Street from Wooster to Dover Avenue, West 10th Street from Dover Avenue to Walnut, Chestnut from 11th Street to 13th Street, Oak Street from 11th Street to 13th Street, Elm Street, Dover Avenue from Slingluff to 12th Street, Angel Drive, Wade Drive, Stucky Drive, Karns Drive, Calico Drive, Brookside Drive, and Progress Street from Guy Smith Way to Suburban Propane.

Council passed legislation to prepare the way for the new Schaeffler building that will be constructed off Crown Road. Emergency Ordinance 13-24 authorizes the mayor to enter into a development agreement. The City of Dover, the Economic Development and Financial Alliance of Tuscarawas County, and Schaeffler Transmissions Systems LLC all require a development agreement to further facilitate the economic development project.

Emergency Ordinance 15-24 authorizes the service director to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the reconstruction of Crown Road from Wooster Avenue to the RJ Corman railroad tracks for an approximate distance of 1,525 feet in an amount not to exceed $1,000,312 including engineering.

Emergency Ordinance 16-24 authorizes the service director to advertise for bids and enter into contracts for the construction of an additional power line from the north substation to Crown Road in an amount not to exceed $1,412,615. It also authorizes the city to seek reimbursements of eligible expenses from the proposed TIF fund.

Emergency Ordinance 17-24 authorizes the mayor or his designee to enter into grant agreements with the Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Department of Transportation for reimbursement of eligible costs related to the improvement of Crown Road and related stormwater or drainage improvements.

The mayor announced Jobs Ohio has increased its contribution to the Crown Road improvement project by an additional $120,000.

“In total between ODOT and Jobs Ohio, the city now expects to receive grant reimbursement of nearly $1,090,000 toward the Crown Road upgrade costs,” Mayor Shane Gunnoe said. “Later this month the city hopes to file an additional grant request with the Governor's Office of Appalachia to help further fund this infrastructure project.”

The Dover Parks Department is accepting registrations for the youth and adult summer camps. Information is available on the city’s website or Facebook page or by contacting the park department.

In partnership with the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, new open base power changing tables were installed in the park restrooms.

Work will soon begin in another area of the park.

“The parks department expects the repair and resurfacing project to begin on the park’s basketball courts next week,” Gunnoe said. “This project is anticipated to take about a month to complete.”

Demolition work at the former Midway Lumber building will begin soon. Asbestos remediation on the structure is anticipated to start April 22, and demolition will occur after the completion of that process. This project is one of two demolitions funded this year in Dover through the ODOD housing demolition program.

The water department will conduct fire hydrant flushing throughout the city beginning Monday, April 22 at midnight and will continue through Friday, May 3 at 7 a.m. Hydrants will be flushed between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.

Dover Light and Power recently had its annual power supply update from American Municipal Power. This year, despite higher transmission and inflation cost headwinds, the light plant’s residential rates remain level.

“In my mind this year's analysis continues to show that the policy changes put in place over the last several years by council and administration are working for residents and that Dover Light and Power remains a reliable, efficient and affordable asset to our community,” Gunnoe said.

In the public participation part of the meeting, Kirk Haglock, who lives near the planned Crimson Cove development, reported he and others who live in the area are having a problem with flooding.

“I'm adjacent to the Dublin Drive phase one and phase two developments. The last couple of rains, I’ve had a lot of water in my backyard, and it was never there before,” Haglock said. “We were told that it just wasn't going to happen, and here we are. It has.”

Douglas asked city consulting engineer Don Dummermuth to look into the problem, find out what needs to be done and get it corrected.

Gunnoe then asked for a committee assignment to create an ordinance that would authorize him to designate the flood plain administrator for the City of Dover. It’s currently designated as the building and zoning administrator, and at the last meeting of the planning commission, it was recommended the mayor have the authority to appoint a different group or entity.

Council went into executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss pending and potential litigation. No action was taken.

The next Dover Council meeting will be held Monday, May 6 in council chambers, 121 E. Second St., Dover.

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