Roadway Projects Wrapping Up
According to Town of Plainfield Director of Transportation Don McGillem, some major Town roadway projects are being completed as the year winds down:
The Metropolis Parkway extension from Perry Road east to Airtech Parkway was finished in late November, including new three-lane pavement with curbs and gutters, and a new sidewalk along each side. A new water line also brings water service to that area. Total cost for the project was $1,191,294.56.
Shady Lane North from US 40 to Township Line Road is now open to traffic. This new connection includes a three-lane curb and gutter section with a continuous center left-turn lane. A sidewalk along the west side connects pedestrian traffic from the apartments on Gladden Road to the pathway along the old railroad corridor just south of Township Line Road. This $1,085,400.00 project completes Shady Lane from Township Line Road (CR 300S) to Gladden Road south of US 40.
The US 40 Downtown Streetscape project from Carr Road west to the White Lick Creek bridge should be completed and fully open to traffic in mid-December. In addition to a modular wall constructed through the hillside area near the project's eastern boundary, the project upgraded lighting, signals, signage and landscaping. Final landscaping in new streetside planters will be installed next spring.
The $6,743,907.42 project also replaced the combined sewer system with a new separate sanitary sewer and larger storm sewer; and completely replaced street pavement originally constructed in 1941.
For more information, contact McGillem at 839-2561, ext. 250 or Town Engineer Tim Belcher at 839-2561, ext. 218.
Holiday Decorating Contest and Silent Auction Underway
The Plainfield Friends of the Library's sixth annual holiday decorating contest and silent auction is underway at the Plainfield Guilford Township Public Library. Area businesses, organizations and individuals were given 18-inch tabletop trees to decorate. Mark Todisco and Beth Groninger judged the entries with Metropolis gift certificates going to winners in the “Most Beautiful,” “Most Original,” and “Best Christmas Theme” decoration categories.
According to Norma Ebert, Past President of the organization, the decorated trees will remain on display at the library through December 12. Visitors can vote for the People's Choice award (whose decorator will win a $100 gift certificate from Mason's Jewelers) and place silent auction bids on displays they would like to own. Funds raised support library needs, including programs and equipment. For more information, contact Ebert, event chairperson Cindy Whicker or group president Pam Alford at 839-6602, ext. 2198.
Food Drive to Help Families in Need
It's easy to help a family in need this holiday season. Simply participate in the Town of Plainfield's Food Drive by placing non-perishable food and personal care products in donation boxes at the Municipal Building at 206 W. Main Street, or at the Plainfield Parks and Recreation Center at 651 Vestal Road. Donation boxes will be available through the end of the year. For more information, contact Alli Marlar at 839-2561, ext. 213.
Athletic Complex Ready for First Full Season
The 58-acre Plainfield Youth Athletic Complex is now complete. JDH Construction and its subcontractors recently finished the football field press box as well as grading and seeding for the North Fields, an area that contains two football fields and four soccer fields. More than 700 parking spaces have also been completed.
Parks and Recreation Director Clay Chafin noted that more than 100 baseball games were played at the Complex during the summer of 2010, and a season-ending soccer tournament was held in October. The 2011 activities will include spring and summer baseball and soccer, and fall season soccer, football and cheerleading for children, as well as an adult soccer league. “We're planning a formal grand opening celebration in April of 2011,” said Chafin. He added that “the town has dedicated significant time and resources to this project and we are proud of what this state-of-the-art facility adds to our community.”
For more information, contact Chafin at email@example.com or at 839-7665, ext. 523.