Macedonia -- One hour prior to the town hall meeting Sept. 15, Council's Streets and Highways Committee, chaired by Council President Nick Molnar, met to discuss a plan to repair roads if a proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase should be approved by voters Nov. 8. Issue 18 is expected to bring approximately $1.5 million each year to the city for 10 years, beginning in January 2017. The money would be earmarked for roads and stormwater improvements. Voters are also being asked to approve Issue 19, which would renew a 0.25 percent income tax for recreation.
During the committee meeting Engineer Joe Gigliotti proposed the city appropriate $1 million annually to focus on road repair, and implement a preventative maintenance program at cost of roughly $425,000 annually.
Molnar said preventative maintenance is something the city has never had. He said it would help extend the funds the city would receive by allowing some roads to be maintained from becoming worse and adding to the existing problem.
"Right now we have 24 roads rated in poor to very poor condition and that's not a good look to have," Molnar said.
The preventative maintenance would include crack sealing, pavement striping, spot pavement repairs, catch basin repairs, curb repairs, crossover repairs and ditch improvements.
Another portion of the plan includes paving the top 25 worst roads in the city. While, the order could change and bundling some roads together may save the city some money, some of the worst roads according to the engineer's report include Meadowlawn Drive, Valley View Road from Highland Road to Route 82, and Shepard Road from Route 82 to Highland Road, among others.
"We would continue to assess, monitor, prioritize and sometimes re-prioritize the roads as to what order they would be paved in," Gigliotti said. "Sometimes a road deteriorate faster than others for various reasons and sometimes we coordinate geographically or for outside funding."
Additionally, any storm water repairs would be limited strictly to those that affect road conditions.
Catch basins, crossover pipes, ditch improvements, are things Gigliotti said are incidental to maintaining the roads and should be addressed with the funds set aside for roads/stormwater. He said standalone projects such as Our Lady of Guadalupe project, the Indian Creek corridor and even Sioux Lane Culvert should be addressed with the help of funding from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
While the recommendation to budget $1 million annually was made, Council members aren't making any promises just yet on how that money would be spent. Officials expect to use proceeds from the tax increase to pay interest on bonds that would be used to finance projects.
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