1-25-23 Mayor Gives Update on the Ohio Street Project
On January 23rd, work began at the intersection of Garfield and Ohio Street to construct a roundabout. This involved the closures of Ohio, Garfield, Mahalasville, and Circle Streets. Construction will take approximately four (4) months with completion near the end of May. However, due to the pending snowstorm, construction was paused beginning on January 25th but should resume on January 30th.
Once School is out for the summer break, construction will begin at the intersection of Ohio Street and Poston Road. The work will progress to the north to the intersection of Ohio and South Streets, effectively shutting down that area until late summer.
The final construction phase will be just north of the intersection of Ohio and South Streets to Gray Street. Those five (5) blocks will hopefully be completed by the end of the year but could extend into early 2024 depending on supply chain and labor issues.
Please be cautious when driving in this area. Our construction and street workers’ families thank you!
SPECIAL SNOW ANNOUNCEMENT
Snow is expected to accumulate overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday. Residents are asked not to park on city streets, if possible, to allow crews to clear the streets. This will also help avoid vehicles from being blocked in by the snow.
Mayor Kenny Costin stated, “Crews will be out beginning this evening and remain out until the hills, bridges, major intersections, and primary streets have been cleared. Residential streets will be plowed after the primary thoroughfares have been cleared. It may take a day or so before all the residential streets get plowed.”
The mayor also encourages residents to visit the city’s website for additional information regarding winter weather tips and information on snow removal responsibilities.
Watch City of Martinsville Common Council & Board of Public Works meetings and mayoral updates
Did you know? There’s a great way to keep up with all that is happening with the City of Martinsville administration and projects that are impacting our community. If you can’t make it to the twice-a-month meetings of the common council and the board of public works, you are now able to watch them live on YouTube or catch the recording later, all on the City of Martinsville YouTube channel. Periodic updates from the mayor can also be found there.
Board of Public Works meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays at 6:30 pm, followed immediately by common council meetings at 7:00 pm.
Some City offices have relocated temporarily
MARTINSVILLE – In preparation for a new Police Headquarters and other new office space, some city offices will be temporarily relocating to other city-owned locations.
On Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office was closed for in-person transactions to make the move to their temporary location at the Wastewater Treatment Plant building at 995 Rogers Road. During these two days, the staff may be reached via telephone, at 765-342-6012. The Clerk-Treasurer’s Office will reopen for normal business starting Monday, May 2nd. While at the temporary location, the hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
The Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Office will be relocating to space in City Hall at 59 S. Jefferson Street, by mid-May. The entrance to their temporary office location will be through a marked door on the east (back) side of the building. There will not be access to the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Office from within City Hall. Visitors to the office are therefore encouraged to park in the lot on the east side of City Hall. Office hours for the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement office will be 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. The telephone number will remain 765-349-4923.
Once both the Clerk-Treasurer and Building Inspector/Code Enforcement offices move, the building will be set for demolition. This is to be the site of the future Police Headquarters. No dates have been set for the demolition or the start of construction of the headquarters; however, it is hoped that work will begin in 2022.
A timeline for when the temporarily relocated offices will have permanent locations has not yet been determined. According to Martinsville Mayor Kenny Costin, this is a multi-layer, multi-year project. “Once the Public Safety Building has been razed and the new Police Headquarters has been built, work will begin on creating permanent office space for the relocated offices,” said Costin. Plans for where these offices will be located are still under review.
The mayor went on to say, “We recognize that the relocation of these offices may be an inconvenience; however, the long-range improvements will allow us to better serve our residents.” He pointed out that the offices being relocated are going into space already owned by the city and therefore, not costing the taxpayers any additional dollars for the rent of the space.
Architectural designs for the Police Headquarters and future office space are being prepared for presentation to the Common Council for their review sometime in the coming weeks.