By Joshua Long
The City of Xenia Council were recently briefed at a special meeting, on the plans for the City’s 2017 Street Program. City Manager Brent Merriman stated “It is important to note that this is a very robust year with a lot of large-scale projects underway in 2017. Staff is very excited about all the projects and the ability to leverage grant dollars ” However he also noted that those large-scale projects would impact the paving of residential streets.
Mr. Merriman stated “Staff has known for some time that 2017 would be somewhat limited due to the number of large scale grant projects set for this year. ”
Roadway Projects in 2017 that include local share dollars :
The City will partner again with Greene County for paving projects to achieve better economy of scale. Although the list may change (up or down) depending on final bids from contractors, here is the list of proposed streets for 2017.
The City uses several criteria factors when selecting streets, including:
One member of City Council was very verbal, albeit miss leading, when he stated that many streets could have been paved, if it was not for the new City’s building projects. He was quickly corrected and reminded by City Staff and Council President that the vast majority of the funds set aside to fund the city buildings projects could not legally be used for street repairs.
Below is a colored coded overview of Streets which have been paved since the 2010 levy was passed. Bringing the total in street repairs to over $8 million (from our account) for the last 6 years.
City Engineer Chris Berger was quick to remind those present though, Mr. Berger said “the City is slowly but surely addressing the street condition issues, but there is a long way to go.”
You may read the complete meeting minutes on the 2017 Street Program at http://www.ci.xenia.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_02232017-215