UTICA — The steps toward demolition of the Linda Oiler property at 53 S. Central Ave., Utica, are now in the paperwork phase of pre-asbestos abatement. Village administrator Glen Richards announced at Monday’s meeting of Utica Village Council that he is completing paperwork for the asbestos abatement which is planned to take place Friday. A proposed date for demolition will then be contingent on the findings from the abatement.
Richards also announced at Monday’s meeting that other paperwork is being completed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement of expenses following the windstorm of June 29. He expects to be contacted by FEMA within the next three weeks where representatives will perform an on-site inspection. “As long as we have all our paperwork ready,” we will get a reimbursement of the expenses we paid for with cleanup of the storm,” said Richards.
An insurance inspection recently took place within the village, according to Richards. One requirement being handed down is that three pieces of playground equipment at Miller Park be removed, “Because they do not meet specs,” said Richards. These pieces consist of two swingsets and one stagecoach-type climbing apparatus which are no longer considered to be safe. “It’s not that we want to do it ... we have to do it,” said Richards. “Otherwise we wouldn’t be covered under our insurance.” A fourth piece is said to be in need of repair which Richards will look into the necessary costs.
In his monthly police department report, Chief Cliff Bigler announced that Jefferson Place Apartments will have its parking lot and entrance repaved within the next two to three weeks. There will be no parking there for five days, and Bigler is in hopes that residents will use a hillside behind the complex for parking to ease parking congestion on the streets.
Officer Andy Kofod has now assumed duties as Resource Officer at North Fork Local Schools and will be undergoing D.A.R.E. training in London. Bigler said he is still looking for applicants for part-time dispatchers and police officers.
Under monthly committee reports, Jack Raines reported for the street committee who announced that new traffic signs and catch basins have been installed on Mill Street. The committee also heard of a speed limit sign on North Street reportedly cannot be seen because of tree limbs.
Raines said the patching of village streets could not be done because of lack of funds.
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