Beverly officials review village projects

BEVERLY – The Village of Beverly Council was presented with an overview of some potential village projects at its monthly meeting Wednesday evening.

Richard Waugh, a funding specialist with ADR & Associates, Ltd., presented those in attendance with a sheet that outlined the stages the projects are currently in.

Among the list of upcoming projects is a sidewalk project close to where Fort Frye High School and Beverly-Center Elementary School are located.

“The project would be going from the library west towards Ferry Street,” said Waugh. “The purpose of the project is to encourage kids to walk and bike safely to school.”

The project, which would be administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation, is estimated to cost $277,657.60.

A federal grant was applied for March 1 that would completely cover the costs of the project, according to Waugh.

“We should know if we will receive the grant by mid-May, then planning could begin,” he said. “The plan would be to repair the sidewalk because it’s old and has all kinds of infrastructure issues.”

Also on the list of potential projects was the application for a Community Development Block Grant.

The Washington County Commissioners select several projects a year to receive funding from the CDBG grant, according to Waugh.

“Right now it seems like we are going to submit the proposal for a 150 KW portable generator for the water system,” he said. “The generator would be for the utility department for the Village of Beverly.”

The initial cost estimate for only a generator was $45,180 and the grant could fund between $30,000 and the full amount, according to Waugh.

The submission deadline for the CDBG grant is April 12.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Beverly Council also came to a resolution that allowed the Chatterbox II to purchase a liquor license from a business in Westerville.

The Chatterbox II is a restaurant owned by Steve Roberts and John Wells, who also own The Chatterbox Tavern in McConnelsville. Chatterbox II is located at 415 5th Street in Beverly.

“Once they have purchased the A1 and A2 license they will be allowed to serve beer and wine,” said Beth Kenyon, council member. “I believe they will be restricted to only beer on Sundays however.”

Kenyon said this is something the business has been pursing for a while.

“It was a matter of finding a license that they were able to purchase,” she said. “The business is relatively new to the area and this should help them with sales.”

John Hammat, a representative of the establishment, was on hand and thanked the council for the resolution.

“The goal of obtaining this license was to generate more funds for both the community and the establishment,” he said.