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Kenton was originally the site of Fort McArthur, erected 1812 by Colonel Duncan McArthur as one of the forts along the line of General William Hull’s march against the British headquarters at Fort Detroit during the War of 1812.
In 1845, Kenton was incorporated as a village; it became a city in 1886. The city was named after frontiersman Simon Kenton.
Kenton is the Hardin County seat, and is at the hub of five state routes - providing easy access from almost anywhere. For many years, the City of Kenton has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with our Township Trustees and County Commissioners.
Kenton has a lot to offer if you are looking for a community with small town values, and a vision for the future. Nestled in northwest Ohio, with a population of 8,300, Kenton has the look and feel of a rural community.
While surrounded and supported by agricultural businesses, Kenton also has a diverse group of manufacturing businesses with local, national and international influence.
Located in the west central part of Ohio approximately 57 miles NW of Columbus and 70 miles south of Toledo.
Physically located almost an equal distance from the larger communities of Findlay, Lima, and Marion. Major highways connect Kenton with all parts of the state and considerable Fort Wayne to Columbus and Toledo to Springfield truck traffic passes through the city.
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Downtown Kenton is the cultural center of our community. It is the place where residents and visitors gather for shopping, entertainment, business, and to get together. However, like many downtowns across the country, Downtown Kenton is built upon infrastructure that is nearing the end of it’s life cycle. This infrastructure is critical for serving Downtown and also the larger network that serves the rest of the Kenton community. The Kenton Downtown capital improvements project is a project to repair the water and sewer lines within the downtown in order to support a thriving, economically successful center of our City.
Why this project? Why now?
The purpose of this project is two-fold. First, this project will upgrade aging and failing infrastructure. Much of the infrastructure in the nine-block area is original and dates back more than 100 years. Recent video surveying has illustrated major failures in the system. These failures are also witnessed through a series of recent water main breaks and other disruptions in service in the downtown area. Another important element is infiltration. The City is experiencing major inflows of groundwater into the system which results in unnecessary strain on the water treatment plant.
The second major factor for why this project is important is the City’s compliance with EPA standards and regulations. Over the past decade, the City has been working with the EPA to correct a series of important upgrades that will bring the City into alignment with current requirements. Without these improvements, the City could face legal challenges from the EPA and jeopardize the City’s ability to secure future funding through various grant and loan programs.
What is the timeline for these upgrades?
Construction for Phase 1, which includes S. Detroit Street and S. Main Street from the Scioto River to just north of E. Ohio Street, has begun and scheduled to conclude in late summer of 2020. Phase 2 will include the area north around the Hardin County Courthouse. government
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