Council members picked from a list of the roads that were considered the most deplorable during a professional street evaluation. Council President John Gabriel said repairs will begin as soon as possible, which should please residents who voted on a levy specified for road repairs.
The levy, which passed with 1,279 residents voting for it and 422 voting against it, allowed Council members to choose five roads to begin repairing. Council voted to resurface Ohio Street and Edgewater Drive from Rowland Road to Woodside Avenue, and tear out and replace the concrete curb and asphalt on Sanford Street from Larchmont Drive to South End, as well as work on Yorktown Place and Sunnyside Road from North Ridge Road to Jerusalem Road.
The cost of the projects was projected at $2.04 million, but Gabriel said he hopes costs will be less.
“There’s a good chance that these construction costs will come in lower, so that’s what I’m hoping, that we’ll have some extra money,” he said.
City Engineer Lynn Miggins said there could be some cost-savings in grouping the projects together.
During the meeting, Council also discussed applying for a grant to repair Essex Road and Devonshire Road. Gabriel said if the city does not receive the grant, Council could revisit voting to repair those roads at a later date.
The money for the road repairs will come from a $2 million loan, which will be paid back with money collected from the levy. Gabriel said the city is borrowing less than what they will receive in levy funds.
The city is also working to repair $1 million worth of sidewalks in the city, unrelated to the street repairs, Gabriel said.
Most Council members were in agreement Monday, but Councilman Craig Fortner said he disagreed with some of the roads that were chosen for the project. He was the only person to vote against the list.
Councilman Steve Herron commented on Fortner’s opinion, saying that there was no way to fairly distribute the funds among wards — an issue Fortner discussed.
“I don’t think there’s a way to make it equal,” Herron said.
Councilwoman Barb Brady asked that members create a five-year plan for residents, but Herron said it was important to target the worst roads first.
“Getting it done is important,” he said. “Let’s look at a street and get it done. Let’s look at the worst roads now and accomplish them now.”
Council discussed repairing Brownhelm Station Road but decided to focus on other areas first.
“Absolutely no one lives there,” Miggins said during the meeting. “I would put that way down on the list.”
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