ELYRIA — The city’s road resurfacing program started with a meager $24,000, but Finance Director Ted Pileski announced Monday that thousands more can be repurposed for road work.
The city can use about $358,000 more for street resurfacing, City Council decided. The breakdown includes $100,000 from the urban paving program, $158,000 from postponing the Second and Third street projects for a year and using the bond retirement fund to make a $100,000 payment on the state Route 57 construction bond.
The budget is less than the $738,000 that was available last year but more than the 2012 budget of $240,000.
“We were pretty worried about that $24,000, but we’re happy about this figure,” said Councilwoman Donna Mitchell, D-6th Ward, head of the Utilities Committee. “It gives us something to work with.”
The committee will discuss which streets to pave with the money at 6 p.m. today.
Mitchell said each Council member earlier submitted to the Engineering Department a list of the streets they would like to see paved in their ward and neighborhoods. The Engineering Department ranked those streets based on need and priority.
However, it’s Council that decides how to spend the dollars.