Projects planned by the city of Kettering and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio this year will impact more than 150 homeowners in the Glaser and Kingswood drives area.
Vectren is scheduled to replace gas service lines in those neighborhoods the first quarter of this year, while the city expects to make sidewalk and curb improvements in the summer.
“(Doing the projects in the same year) will minimize the intrusion on the neighbors,” Kettering city manager Mark Schwieterman said.
Vectren will replace gas mains and services in Kettering as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program. In Kettering, Vectren will replace 1.2 miles of pipeline, impacting 154 customers, according to Natalie Hedde, manager of corporate communciations for Vectren.
The areas of work will be:
- Glaser Drive from E. Stroop Road to Kingswood Drive.
- Kingswood Drive from E. Stroop Road to the end of Kingswood Drive.
- Doris Drive between Kingswood Drive and Glaser Drive.
- Echo Woods Court between Kingswood Drive and Glaser Drive.
The gas main first will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines serving residential and commercial customers will be replaced. Affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored after the project is completed.
A Vectren representative will contact customers to schedule the work, which will involve a short service interruption. A representative also will schedule a time to re-light any natural gas appliances. All work is weather permitting.
The $830,000 project is estimated to start Feb. 17 and be completed by the end of March, Hedde said.
Curb, sidewalk and drive approach construction is expected to begin early to mid June in the same neighborhood, city engineer Steve Bergstresser said. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The streets will be resurfaced in that area in 2015, Bergstresser said.
The concrete work will cost approximately $500,000, while paving work could be another $350,000 but it’s “hard to estimate” at this point, Bergstresser said. The improvements are part of the city’s 20-year program to upgrade neighborhood streets, curbs and sidewalks.
Bergstresser said homeowners will be assessed for work on their respective property, and owners will be notified in early April of what their estimated assessment will be. Assessments will appear on property tax bills in January 2016.
“Most of the time, every house needs some work,” Bergstresser said. “Obviously, the more concrete that’s deteriorated, the assessment will be higher. We use the contractor’s prices. Whatever the low bid is, we’ll pass the costs directly to the property owners.”
Phyllis Foley, who’s lived on Glaser Drive since 1968, said that markings were made on the sidewalks and curbs around her property a few weeks ago. She said the sidewalks’ conditions get worse further north on Glaser Drive.
“I’m not happy with (the assessment) because I’m a senior, and naturally, I’m on a fixed income,” Foley said. “I’m just not ready for it. If I have to do it, I have to do it.”
The remaining funds to finance the project — paving, handicap ramps, intersection work — will come out of the city’s capital improvement fund.
“There’s a considerable amount of work that needs to be done in these neighborhoods,” Bergstresser said.
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