Major AWM project now near finish

    The city's sign replacement project is officially complete, the major project in Anthony Wayne Meadows is nearly complete, and a long, distinguished career with the city street department also is complete.
    That was just some of the information given city council at its Tuesday night by Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert.
    He said:
    • The sign renovation project, in which all of several hundred signs in the city were replaced or removed — with some signs added — has been officially designated complete by GAI Consults of Fort Wayne, the former Bonar group.
    The city received $261,900 in federal funds, administered through the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), for the required project, and added a $29,100 match. The project came in $15,880 under budget, Gilbert said ... but it won't be money the city will be seeing.
    • The Anthony Wayne Meadows project, which has seen a major overhaul of streets and drainage and been ongoing for months, is "so close" to being finished, Gilbert said. LICA is expected to put on the finishing touch this week: asphalt.
    • A joint effort of the city and North Adams Schools will build a sidewalk along the west side of Piqua Road from E. Monroe St. Extended to the entrance to Bellmont Middle School. Further details will be forthcoming as they are finalized, Gilbert explained.
    • Yard waste collections will end October 26. Leaf collections will start soon after.
    • Jed Kline, a 43-year veteran of the street department, has retired. "A dedicated employee who truly will be missed," Gilbert said.
    "He sure will," Mayor John Schultz added.