City of Geneva has plenty on tap for 2020

Improvements are underway at the Geneva Wastewater Treatment Plant on North Avenue.

GENEVA — The city has a variety of projects slated for 2020.

The city recently broke ground on a new headworks facility at the Geneva Wastewater Treatment Plant, City Manager Doug Starkey said.

The project is expected to be complete in the first half of 2021, Brandon Averill, plant superintendent, said.

Last year, the city started construction on a new secondary sludge tank after receiving a loan from the Ohio EPA. Work on the new tank is nearly complete, Averill said.

The city hopes to use the old tank as a holding tank, Starkey said. Having that holding tank will fulfill an aspect of the city’s no feasible alternatives study, which is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The new headworks plant will be capable of processing disposable wipes, which the wastewater treatment plant is not designed to process.

The combined price of the new sludge tank and the headworks plant is more than $6 million, Averill said.

The city is also working on meeting promises made during last year’s successful police levy campaign. The city is in the process of purchasing four new vehicles.

Another facet of the campaign, a school resource officer, has been fulfilled as well.

The campaign also promised a dedicated officer for narcotics investigations and K-9 officers.

The return of the police department’s K-9 program will likely be the last of the campaign promises fulfilled, Starkey said.

The city is looking to move up the reconstruction of West Main Street, which is scheduled to be paved in 2023 by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The city is close to securing easements from the hospital, Starkey said.

The city has received a $2 million grant for the project.

“Our goal is to get the drawings done, everything shovel ready, then do a formal request to move the project up,” Starkey said. “In talking to the state, if funds are available, they would consider moving the project up, so no guarantee, but we’re working with the state on that.”

Replacing the sewer line beneath West Main will cost $3 million, $2 million of which will be covered by the grant. The city has been planning ways to pay for the project, Starkey said.

The work on West Main would be a full reconstruction, Starkey said.

The city plans to use money from last year’s gas tax increase to help pay for the road.

Work continues on improving Memorial Field, with plans to seek out a grant to make the bathrooms Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

The city will repave North Cedar Street this year, thanks to a grant from the Appalachian Region Commission.

Paving the last of the dirt roads in Geneva is also a desire for this year, Starkey said. Two of the three remaining dirt roads in the city are extensions that have yet to be paved. The third, North Street, has a longer section that needs to be paved, Starkey said.

Beach Street and South Nearing streets will both have water lines replaced and be repaved, Starkey said. 

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