By Dustin Ensinger
An Orange Township road project over a decade in the making received final approval Monday.
The Delaware County commissioners voted unanimously at their meeting Monday to award a nearly $1 million contract to Trucco Construction Company for the long-planned extension of Green Meadows Drive.
The project calls for the roadway to be extended half a mile north and to intersect with Orangepointe Drive.
The project will cost $971,479. The initial estimate was $1.4 million.
“This was well below our estimate,” said Delaware County Chief Deputy Engineer Rob Riley.
The county, however, will not have to foot the bill for the project.
The project was part of an agreement between American Electric Power (AEP) and the Ohio Siting Board, which approved an AEP substation at Orange Point Commerce Park in 2000 on the condition that the road improvements be made.
“All contract costs are being paid by American Electric Power,” said Riley.
Future Courthouse Site
As Delaware City Council continues to explore whether to reverse a Historic Preservation Commission decision to reject an application to allow the demolition of the former Elks Building, Delaware County Commissioner Dennis Stapleton said incorporating the entire existing structure into a courthouse is not feasible.
“There have been several emails from folks suggesting usage for that building, and some of them are even county people,” he said. “From my standpoint, they need to understand the full reconstruction of that building is probably way beyond the dollar value of what it would take to make it useful.”
Stapleton also said the county has grown well past the point of using former residential structures as office space.
“Delaware County is beyond having their offices in houses,” he said. “We are so far beyond that. We’re the 15th largest county, one of the wealthiest, we’re projected to be at 335,000 (population) in 17 years. We cannot have our county offices in houses. The city has to realize that.”
The commissioners are currently exploring the possibility of building a new courthouse, and the Elks location is one site they are interested in.
However, county officials have said repeatedly that if the city does not allow for the demolition of the building, they would look at locations outside of the city for the site of the new courthouse.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.