During a joint meeting of Williamsburg Village Council and Williamsburg Township Trustees Thursday, Jan. 28, several issues were discussed.
The Hike Bike Trail from Williamsburg to Batavia was one of the topics.
“I just came from a meeting today in Batavia,” said Mayor Mary Ann Lefker. “We were able to get Phase I done, but Phase II is more important than Phase I because it will connect us to the campground in East Fork State Park. When we secured the funds years ago, ODOT became the boss. We have finally got approval to move forward, but we could be potentially short of having enough funds.”
Lefker also asked the trustees if they would be able to help with maintaining the trail by offering to mow the edge along the trail about three times during the summer months.
"The township would be glad to mow the edges of the trail to the bridge," said trustee Bari Henning.
Bainum asked council about reconstruction plans for the bridge in the village.
"They will be closing the bridge sometime in July. We were first told by ODOT that it would be closed for 45 days," said administrator Patti Bates. "I told them that was not acceptable. Basically they will raise it and replace the rollers, then they will resurface the street and put in new sidewalks."
Bates said that the closure of the bridge will literally cut the village in half with motorists having to drive onto State Route 32 and back down Dela Palma to get to the other side of town.
"Ohio Department of Transportation told me that they could possibly have the work done with 14 days," said Bates. "Even if it takes them 30 days, the bridge should be complete by the time school begins."
Bates said that the bridge is on schedule for a complete rehab in 10 years.
Trustees remarked that they had noticed several new businesses within the village.
"Growth in the village has been steady last year," said Lefker. "We have had seven new businesses. There are good things happening in the village."
"I have been working really hard with Subway to find a spot in the village," said Bates. "The owner has the Subway in Owensville and is trying to find a spot in the village with adequate parking."