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ODOT project requires additional funds

Estimate of cost now $1.8M

January 12, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the first Canfield City Council meeting of 2017, members learned the next phase of the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade Project requires additional funds than forecasted.

The project, which initially included the widening of state Route 46 and 62 from Skyline Drive north to Darmouth Drive, would continue with a center turn lane, sidewalks, curbs and street lighting on North Broad Street from St. Michael Church towards the bridge over the Ohio Turnpike.

The project construction cost was estimated at $900,000, of which 69 percent was funded with a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. However, Ohio Department of Transportation requested an additional $230,000-plus for the project.

Originally, the project application was for $1.6 million, which was changed in a notice received by city Manager Joe Warino.

"The estimate from the ODOT office in Columbus upped the project to $1.8 million," Warino said. "And they are not offering additional assistance."

He told council the city was approved for the Ohio Public Works Commission funds, which would have covered the city's share of the project. Now the city must be willing to put up $231,464.

Warino said the amount ODOT is requiring is almost equal to what the city pays for its annual paving program. Warino said the ideal program is to spend that much on paving city streets. He said it is on a rotation where all Canfield streets are paved in rotation over a 10-year period. Skipping a year would put the program behind.

Another concern is the city has to use general funds to pay for the police department in 2017 because the recent levy doesn't kick in until 2018.

"I'm in favor of foregoing the paving to do this project," Mayor Bernie Kosar said.

Warino said the issue will be on the next agenda for council. He said ODOT is holding their share of the project and is giving the city time to decide on the increased local share. Should council turn it down, the state funds will be withdrawn and will go to the next project on ODOT's list. The city could then reapply the following year.

On a different matter, several Barnstone Lane property owners were in attendance to express a concern over the Barnstone developer's drainage systems and whether or not they were conforming.

Warino said one drain was found to be plugged and not moving any water. He said the city attempted to contact the developer, but the phone is not accepting any messages.

Another concern was over the street. At recent, Barnstone Lane is a private street and according to residents, it is developing pot holes.

City Attorney Mark Fortunato said the developer is still under a commitment to finish the street. He said the city will continue to try to make contact over the issues of streets and drainage.

In other business:

Police Chief Chuck Colucci said his department handled 19,602 calls for 2016. He will submit the stats at the next council meeting;

Kosar reported the gross proceeds from Canfield Mayor's Court for December was $7,503.13 and after paying into required funds, the city was left with net proceeds of $6,703.13;

Council approved Don Dragish Jr. to serve as council president for 2017;

Approval was given for the appointment of Chuck Tieche to the Park, Recreation and Cemetery Board.



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