Port Clinton officials seek input on massive infrastructure plan

Sep 11, 2019 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Mayor Mike Snider and Port Clinton City Council will host a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in a bid to solicit much-needed input from the citizenry on a massive $19.25 million public infrastructure plan proposed by Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green.

The public meeting will be held at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. Port Clinton and Poggemeyer Design Group officials will be in attendance to answer questions and offer opinions.

Snider is concerned about a lack of input from the citizenry on the huge spending issue, which could range from $12.976 million to $19.25 million, since the proposal was announced in July. Poggemeyer’s Jack A. Jones said his company’s “concept plan” could beautify the city, separate antiquated sanitary and stormwater lines, fix the city’s beleaguered streets and, in the long run, be affordable.

Grants and loans are available, said Jones, to help fund the project.

The plan would include replacing some of the water lines in Port Clinton that predate World War II, reported Safety-Service Director Olen Martin. Bypassing combined sewer lines in Port Clinton’s core areas would eliminate unnecessary flow and increase capacity of the Jackson Street Waste Water Treatment Facility, as well as repave every road in the city that has been neglected for decades.

“I’m somewhat surprised at the lack of comments on the plan from the community in general,” said Snider, at a recent Coffee with the Editor session in Port Clinton. Snider said at a Port Clinton City Council meeting in July ago that the city and the citizenry need to be in agreement before the huge infrastructure plan is put to a citywide vote.

The poor condition of Port Clinton’s downtown streets has been a problem for a long time, said Jones. “About 85% of the city roads technically should be rebuilt. There are actually some wooden water lines in use, which were mostly likely installed after the city was founded 191 years ago.”

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