CONNEAUT — Work on the city’s paving program started on Tuesday, with crews working on Middle Road.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, City Manager Jim Hockaday said that work could start as early as Tuesday. On Tuesday, Hockaday confirmed that grinding had started on Middle Road.

The city’s paving program this year consists of Middle Road, from Route 20 to the Interstate 90 overpass, and Chestnut Street, from Lake Road to Sixteenth Street. Council approved a bid from Koski Construction for the work, with a cost not to exceed $549,000.

Work on another project on Chestnut Street, from the railroad tracks, north to near Sixteenth Street, is expected to start later this year. The project will include replacing water lines, storm water lines, sewer lines and the roadway, Hockaday said at a recent meeting.

The city may be able to request bids for that project in August, Hockaday said.

Elsewhere in Conneaut, the Ohio Department of Transportation is in the process of paving Broad Street, from Jackson Street to Lake Road, and Lake Road, from Broad Street to Whitney Street.

“We are on schedule with that project,” said Ray Marsch, a spokesperson for ODOT District 4.

The surface layer of asphalt has been laid, and permanent lining is being done later this week, he said. The project is scheduled to be finished in early October.

In other

business

• Council passed a resolution calling on ACMC to find a way to keep the OB and skilled-nursing units open. ACMC announced the closure of both units in late June. The OB ward is scheduled to be closed on Aug. 1.

The resolution recognizes ACMC and other area hospitals for providing quality medical care, then expresses the city’s concern about closing the skilled nursing and OB units.

The resolution suggests working with local, state and federal entities and insurance providers to find a way to keep the skilled-nursing and OB units open.

The city of Ashtabula recently sent a letter to ACMC, encouraging the hospital to keep the OB unit open.

• Conneaut is considering opting into a program that will replace street lights with new LED models as they fail.

An ordinance was introduced on Monday night to participate in an agreement with the Cleveland Illuminating Company, but it was moved into a second reading instead of passed, while Council awaits additional information.

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