"This is excellent news for the city since East Auglaize Street was in our planning for streets to be reconstructed and to know that we have received a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation is even more exciting news," 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf, who chairs the Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks Committee, said.
"Since it is a major thoroughfare into the downtown business district it falls into line with the city's comprehensive plan to create a more viable downtown district and to do that you have to have more attractive and viable ways to travel to downtown Wapakoneta."
said reconstruction of a street typically is followed by residents along that street improving their properties as they take further advantage of their property values increasing.
Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr., a member of the Streets
, Alleys and Sidewalks Committee
, said he
is encouraged by the announcement because it continues the city's work to separate sanitary sewer from stormwater sewer lines.
"This should help alleviate pressure on our CSOs (combined sewer overflows) and the strain on the Wapakoneta Wastewater Treatment Plant which should help us hit our numbers on the long-term control plan," said Finkelmeier Jr., who also serves on council's Utilities Committee.
"This may help us avoid a phase in the plan and reduce the size of the equilization basin which may reduce the amount needed to be collected through sanitary sewer and stormwater sewer fees on residents' utility bills.
"Anytime we can get state dollars to separate sanitary sewer and stormwater sewer lines then we welcome those funds," he