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Perrysburg plans to widen Fort Meigs Road, put in sidewalk, change water line use

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
This stretch of Fort Meigs Road, looking south from the west side of the road, is to have its lanes widened and a sidewalk built on the east side of the street. This stretch of Fort Meigs Road, looking south from the west side of the road, is to have its lanes widened and a sidewalk built on the east side of the street.
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Perrysburg officials plan to widen Fort Meigs Road between Roachton and Five Point roads in 2016 for an estimated $1.6 million.

The road would be widened to two 12-foot lanes, adding curbs, gutters, and a sidewalk on the east side. The road in this stretch now is 18 to 22 feet wide and is not curbed. There are two water lines along the road, but the Northwestern Water & Sewer District line would be be abandoned and the Perrysburg city line would remain.

There is a meeting for affected residents from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers. The city engineer and others will explain the plans. There are 19 homes and 49 condominiums that are along this part of Fort Meigs Road.

City Engineer Doug Dariano said additional right of way, up to 20 feet, that will need to be purchased by the city for the widening. That added right of way and diminishing of some homes' front yards has left area residents concerned.

Tom Ashcraft who lives on Fort Meigs Road, said the added right of way, possible devaluation of his property as a result, and how he will be compensated for the right of way are his biggest concerns. The project might remove trees along the road which would harm the neighborhood.

"I'm not happy about it," Mr. Ashcraft said. "Seems like overkill and unnecessary. They are encroaching on our properties." 

Eighty percent of the project will be funded by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, said the city engineer, Mr. Dariano. The rest will come out of the city's road budget. Residents along the road will not receive a property tax assessment for the work.

The Northwestern Water & Sewer District rates are higher than the city's outside rates for customers, said Mark Dunsmoor, the city's commissioner of Public Utilities. He said the district's rate is $54 for 1,000 cubic feet of water use; the city's rate for users outside of the city is $48 for 1,000 cubic feet.

Mr. Dariano said the hope is to begin and complete construction in 2016.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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