Council approves easement acquisition services for Spangler Road project

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

March 28, 2014

FAIRBORN — City council members recently approved the next step in moving forward on the Spangler Road Improvements Project.

Council voted last week to enter a professional services contract with O.R. Colan Associates (ORC) to perform required easement acquisition at a cost of $21,822. This amount will be taken from the sewer construction fund for the sewer easements and the County Motor Vehicle License fund for the roadway drainage easements.

“There are eight permanent easements and nine work agreements for the construction of this project on 10 different properties,” said Civil Engineer Lee Harris. “These easements are for the installation of a sanitary sewer across the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks and for the re-grading and drainage work required for the improvements to the grade at the railroad crossing.”

The Spangler Road Improvements Project will include widening the two existing 10-foot 5-inch lanes with no shoulders, to two 12-foot lanes with 4-foot shoulders. It also calls for extending a water main north under the railroad tracks on Spangler Road and connecting to the existing water main on State Route 444 near Waste Management, creating a looped line.

The project will also address storm water drainage issues through improving ditch design and construction, and making improvements to the existing sanitary trunk sewer that crosses Spangler Road.

“We’ll be installing a 250-foot gravity sanitary sewer from the existing sanitary manhole located on the west side of Spangler Road, just north of the railroad tracks, to the vacant property located at the southeast quadrant of Spangler road and the railroad tracks,” said Harris.

The roadway will then be resurfaced and the grading improved. The overall cost of the improvements has been estimated at nearly $1.9 million.

“We are anticipating all of these improvements are going to help spur development in this corridor,” Harris said. “We’ll be improving the pavement and providing sanitary and water service to several different properties through there, which are the three critical things that will bring businesses into Fairborn.”

All eight permanent easements will be researched, appraised, negotiated and recorded by ORC. They will also obtain six work agreements for the temporary easements located on the properties that already have permanent easements. ORC anticipates completing the easements and work agreement process by mid-June.

“They will negotiate to get the appraisals and we would then have to pay for the permanent easements. If they’re over $10,000 we’ll come back to council for approval,” Harris said.

The city will obtain the work easements for three properties that do not have any permanent easements.