The Barnesville Trail and Tunnel project has been selected for funding by the Ohio Department of Transportation through the Transportation Alternative Program. The project is paving a rail trail through town, as well as repairs to the railroad tunnel.

Village Administrator Roger Deal made the announcement at the Village Council meeting on Sept. 4.

In the past, ODOT has provided 80 percent of the eligible costs in Federal funds through the Transportation Alternatives Program. This year, ODOT is utilizing Toll Revenue Credit (TRC) and will provide 95 percent of the eligible costs in Federal funds, up to a maximum of $950,000 in Federal funds through the Transportation Alternative Programs, in State Fiscal Year 2021.

Deal said Rich Sidwell as being instrumental in receiving this funding project over the last 13 years. 

Meanwhile, council approved ordering a new K9 police cruiser for the department’s dog. 

It was also announced:

* The swimming pool’s last day open was Sept. 3.

* A cost of repairs was given to council for the brick damage on the Water Department’s exterior. An estimate from Angelina Stone and Marble for $23,460 was approved by council.

* Council will be hiring the law firm of Graham and Graham to assist in the OPWC lawsuit. 

Council will meet again on Monday, Sept. 17 in council chambers.