$22.2 million city budget proposed

$1 million wanted for road work, says mayor

by mike lesko | reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- The city's proposed 2014 permanent budget includes $1 million in its capital improvement fund for the city's road paving program, said Mayor Glenn Broska.

The city's proposed budget is $22.2 million; the general fund budget is $11.127 million; and the capital improvement budget is $2.59 million. The budget, which was discussed at the Feb. 24 Council meeting, must be approved by March 31.

Currently, six roads are scheduled to be paved this year, according to Bruce Terrell, the city's engineering department director. They include: Luke Drive from Page Road to Mt. Vernon Drive; Dorothy Drive from Evergreen Drive to Russell Drive; South Delmonte Boulevard; Shawnee Trail from the cul-de-sac to Cherokee Trail; Cherokee Trail from Route 43 to Apache Pass; and Seasons Road, which will be paid for with a combination of city and state Issue 1 money.

The total cost of the Seasons Road project would be about $800,000. The project will be paid for, in part, with $400,000 in Issue 1 grant money that was awarded to the city in March 2013. The city's share of the project -- about $400,000 -- would be taken from the money that would be budgeted for the 2014 city paving program, Terrell said.

To rank the quality of the roads to determine which ones would be paved, GPD Engineering, the city's engineering firm, drives every road in Streetsboro, according to Broska.

"We've ranked all the roads in the city on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the worst," Broska said. "Once we get a road paved, it goes to the bottom of the list. Sometimes, it may seem like we're concentrating on one ward more than another, but that means there are more roads that need work in a particular ward. Eventually, we'll get there."

Broska said in excess of 15 roads have been repaved in the city in the past two years.

"We want to keep the road program going," he said. "The roads have been ignored for so long."

Broska said it is challenging to put together a budget, which he did with Finance Director Jenny Esarey, because about 80 percent of the money is devoted to the operating funds, including salaries, utilities and day-to-day equipment.

The remainder of the budget, about 20 percent, is divided among the capital improvement and debt categories, he explained.

"That only leaves a small portion [outside the operating budget]," he said. "We have to determine what portion of that we can spread throughout the individual departments. When the directors give us their needs, we have to stay within certain amounts."

A City Council budget workshop has been set for 9 a.m. March 1 at City Hall, 9184 Route 43.

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