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The Suburbanite
  • What's going on? Coventry culverts repaired

  • Repairs made to the Iris and Bender culverts in Coventry Township will help with stormwater when heavy rain strikes.

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  • Repairs made to the Iris and Bender culverts in Coventry Township will help with stormwater when heavy rain strikes.
    The Iris culvert was upgraded from a 30-inch to a 60-inch concrete circular culvert. The Bender culvert was upgraded from a 48-inch steel culvert to a nine-by-four foot box culvert.
    “The Bender culvert increase was as big,” Coventry Township Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer said, “as we could go without putting in a bridge.”
    These repairs were much needed as water was often running over the roadway and the township was often fielding phone calls from residents.
    “There was a lot of erosion occurring around Iris and we were worried about the road because we already repaired sections of the road before,” Stouffer said.
    Total cost for both repairs was $103,009. The township did receive approximately $83,500 from a Community Development Block Grant, which offset some of the cost of the repairs.
    These repairs made are expected to help with heavy rainfall during storms in past problem areas near Iris and Bender.
    Boettler Park restrooms upgraded
    Boettler Park in Green will soon have additional restrooms. The existing restroom facility, near the soccer fields, is being remodeled with two additional restroom stalls being added to both the women's and men’s rooms.
    Also, the city plans to construct another restrooms facility between Heritage Hill Playground and the Freda Hunter-Bates Picnic pavilion. This restroom will have four restroom stalls in the ladies’ room and two stalls and two urinals in the men’s room.
    In total, $371,588 is needed to cover the cost of the new facility and the renovations to the existing facility.
    “The cost, which many may think is significant, is due to a number of reasons including new infrastructure (electricity, and water and sewer pipes need to be installed),” said Valerie Wolford, city of Green communications coordinator. “And the restroom fixtures and material are vandal resistant, which is cost effective in the long run.”
    Renovations to the existing building are expected to be complete by the end of April with the new restroom being completed in late May.