Dover Council aims to improve parks and recreation

Dover Council aims to improve parks and recreation

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At the Dover City Council meeting on Monday, July. 18, council discussed ways to advance the Towpath Trail through Dover.

Interim Mayor Shane Gunnoe reported he, Dave Douglas and Chief Russ Volkert recently met with representatives from New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County and OMEGA about exploring the possibility of submitting a joint grant application for Ohio BUILDS funds. The grant would be used to advance the towpath trail through Dover and New Philadelphia.

Gunnoe also requested a resolution authorizing the application of Clean Ohio Funds for the purchase of a parcel of approximately 8 acres of land advancing the towpath trail to the Canal Dover Park.

“Essentially, this would be the next step in getting public land available for the towpath,” Gunnoe said during the parks and recreation committee meeting.

A Clean Ohio grant would pay for 75% of the land. “So we would have 25% of $70,000 for 8 acres of land, which is really a pretty good deal. And again, it gets us that much closer to the north toward the towpath working its way down into the park. And it came together relatively quickly,” Gunnoe said.

The 8 acres adjoins land that has an ODOT right-of-way and then adjoins Canal Dover Park from the north.

Emergency Resolution 15-22 was then passed. The resolution authorizes the city to apply for funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission through District 14, Natural Resources Assistance Council for Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation program for access to the Dover canal lands, the Tuscarawas riverfront and extending up to state Route 800 for open spaces, riparian ways, pedestrian and bike paths, to enhance the quality of natural areas, access and other purposes.

“The Tuscarawas County Canoe and Kayak race returned to Canal Dover Park on Saturday, July 16 after several years off. The last race was in 2017,” Gunnoe said. “Approximately 42 participants raced and enjoyed good weather for such an event.”

Emergency Resolution 36-22 also was passed. The resolution authorizes city auditor Nicole Stoldt to apply for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works grant for the construction of two new soccer fields at the old Krantz Berry Farm.

Another resolution approved was Emergency Ordinance 35-22, authorizing the service director to enter into a contract for the best bidder in an additional amount of $9,548.15 for a total expenditure of $40,908.15 on the extension of the sanitary sewer line approved in ordinance 26-21 and 44-21 to extend the existing 8-inch diameter sanitary sewer 150 linear feet on 28th Street to Cross Street. The bids for this project including engineering were $9,548.15 higher than previously estimated.

Gunnoe said paving is expected to begin July 25 beginning on Walnut Street between 23rd and 15th streets. The paving and profiling will move downtown beginning Aug. 8. The project is expected to take about 1 ½ weeks, weather permitting.

“During the profiling and paving process, we will close down one half of each street during the work,” Gunnoe said. “We apologize that there may be some delays and inconveniences. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.”

The city hopes to complete the project as quickly as possible and asks residents park all vehicles off the roadway if paving is being done in their neighborhood.

Gunnoe said the city has accepted a proposal from Evo Gov for the update and redesign of the City of Dover website.

“I hope that the new website will increase communication and our residents' accessibility to city services,” Gunnoe said.

A committee assignment was given to planning and zoning for review on Dublin Drive housing phase one. The project was presented to the planning commission in mid-June, and a public hearing was held. The planning commission approved the project on July 12.

Other items discussed include the following:

Utility office manager Beth Jones will retire, effective Sept. 2. The city is accepting applications for the position.

Applications for full-time — 10 hours per week — crossing guards and substitutes are being accepted. The city is still accepting applications for seasonal lifeguards. Applications are available at city hall or online at www.doverohio.com.

Following council’s approval, the city has signed a five-year agreement for fire and EMS services with Dover Township. Volkert was in attendance and recommended the city use some of the funds to be received from the agreement to order a new ambulance for the city. The city currently has two ambulances in service, one from 2010 and another from 2014. While those vehicles are still in good condition, the two-year wait to get a new unit is another consideration in ordering a new ambulance now. An exact cost on a new ambulance has yet to be determined.

Before adjourning for the evening, council went into executive session to discuss contractual negotiations.

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1 at 7:15 p.m. for ordinances 27-22 and 28-22.

Ordinance 27-22 will dedicate a portion of Ohio Avenue and Cross Street as city streets. Ordinance 28-22 concerns rezoning a .33-acre tract of land, PPN 15-03752-000, from M-1 to R-3. The property is located along West Seventh Street near Depot Street.

A Committee of the Whole meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. before the next regularly scheduled council meeting on Aug. 1.