ANDOVER — Village council brainstormed a variety of potential projects on Tuesday afternoon during a monthly work session highlighted by discussion of progress on the Greenway Trail.

Council president Curt Williams gave a report on the progress of the trail project that is scheduled to start this summer and go from the village hall area to Marvin Road. He said the project is nearing completion in funding. It is part of a three-segment trail that is estimated to cost $2.9 million and will eventually proceed to the Pennsylvania line, to connect with Pennsylvania trails and south to Kinsman.

“I think it will bring a lot of visitors to the area,” Williams said. 

Several potential projects were discussed relating to a village welcoming center and a pavilion near village hall for people to rest after biking on the trail.

Andover Village Administrator Richard Mead also discussed the idea of putting public restrooms and bike racks in the village square area. He said the improvements might be an investment for the village, but could be a good investment for the community.

He also brought up the idea of a possible charging station for electric vehicles in the village.

“I’ve seen a couple of Teslas around town,” he said.

Council also discussed several properties that could be used for a visitors center.

Council members also discussed the need for a new generator by 2022.

“If we are going to implement this in 2022 then we will have to start working on it now,” Williams said.

Mead and a representative of Smolen Engineering provided a report on a new lift station that is scheduled for construction at Rustic Drive. He said the funding is in place for the $189,000 project that could be started in mid-March.

Councilman Randy Gentry also reported on a $430,000 pumper the Andover Fire Department recently ordered. He said the department was able to pay $100,000 for the truck from fundraising.

He said the truck will take about a year to be completed.

“We will probably sell the other truck,” he said.

Chris Brook, director of communications for Community Care Ambulance, and several crew members from CCA attended the work session to thank council for the CARES Act funds that made the purchase of a respirator.

“I just wanted to show you what we got. It really does help save lives,” Brook said.

He said the unit cost between to $11,000 to $12,000.


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