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Although it has not been finalized, Public Service Director Paul Roman has submitted his list to city council for capital improvement projects for 2013.

Many of the projects next year, said Roman, will be ongoing from this year, such as repaving the rest of Dustin Road at an estimated cost of $982,000.

“A lot of them are large projects I’m still working on, where we were close to bidding them but just didn’t get them out,” said Roman.

Most of the funds in the road program will go toward repaving Dustin near Coy Road, he said.

“Eventually, we’ll replace the intersection of Coy and Dustin,” said Roman.

One of the biggest items on the list is the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, which will be done in two phases and cost over $9 million. The city received a $700,000 loan and $700,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). The local share is $7,612,000. The city, the Northwestern Sewer and Water District, and Lucas County will contribute towards the local share.

“There’s no doubt there eventually will be increases in rates, called a capital improvement rate charge,” said Roman.

Also on the list is the Oregon Flood Relief & Erosion Control project, estimated to cost $5,830,835. Local funding sources include $2,435,418 from BP/Husky, the city’s partner on the project, a $900,000 grant from the OPWC, a $900,000 loan from the OPWC, and $1,595,417 from the city.  “It is something we have to award at some time in early winter,” said Roman.

Other projects include:
• The Navarre Avenue sidewalk improvement project (from Coy to Lallendorf), estimated to cost $112,000;

• Phase II of the Stadium Road Bikeway, from Eagles Landing Plat 4 to Clay High School, estimated to cost $550,000. The project received a TIP grant that will cover $440,000. The city will pay for the $110,000 balance.

• The Wheeling Street Bridge over Otter Creek, at a cost of $735,000. The city will fund $1,595,417, while the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will fund $576,000.

• Safe Routes to School Program at Pickle and Starr, estimated to cost $278,000. The project will be funded by a  $240,000 Safe Routes to School grant from ODOT. The city will pay the $38,000 balance.  

• The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, sewer lining and storm improvements, estimated to cost $88,000

Roman said the list is only preliminary and is expected to go before council for approval on Monday.

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