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Oregon City Council last week approved a $25,528,234 budget for capital improvements this year.

Among the improvements is the $3 million Otter Creek Road project, a three mile stretch that will get repaved.

Paul Roman, acting administrator and public service director, said at a council meeting on Jan. 25 that costs of the project came in under estimate.

“We received bids last Wednesday, and that came in close to $400,000 less than what we had estimated, so we did reduce the budget by $400,000 for that particular project,” said Roman.

“Our hope is to bring legislation for the first committee of the whole in February,” Roman said of the project. “It’s likely work would not begin until April. We’re hoping Otter Creek will be constructed in one construction season, start sometime in April, and end sometime in November.”

The road will be repaved from Corduroy Road to Wynn Road.

“Even Bayshore will be repaved with asphalt. It’s a big project,” said Roman.

He also added a $200,000 line item in the capital improvement budget for detail design of a proposed senior center, a topic that has been discussed for the last several years.

“I know there will likely be more discussion on that item before the city would move forward with that, but at least that item is being established,” said Roman.

“Everyone worked together really well and I think the administration did a tremendous job in presenting the information in an easily understandable manner,” said Councilman James Seaman, chairman of the Finance Committee, where meetings were held on the budget.

The total cost of road improvements, including Otter Creek Road, is $13,316,080. Road projects include: Wheeling Street widening construction, at $8,921,080; Coy and Star intersection improvement construction, $800,000; annual road resurfacing/improvements program, $500,000; Navarre Avenue pavement marking, $20,000; Coy Road improvement preliminary design, from Navarre Avenue to Dustin Road, $25,000; Woodville and Pickle signal replacement preliminary design, $25,000; and the Woodville and Sunshine pedestrian signal, $25,000.

The total cost of bridges and drains projects is $5,869,915, including: The Big Ditch improvement right-of-way and construction, $4,720,000; Lallendorf Road Bridge over Amolsch Ditch Easements, construction and engineering, $293,915; Wolf Creek relief ditch design and easements, $150,000, Pickle Road storm relief project design and easement, $141,000; miscellaneous storm drainage improvements, $50,000, Wheeling Street Bridge over Otter Creek design, $50,000; Wolf Creek improvements Phase 1 design, $50,000; Taylor Road Bridge over Otter Creek Easements and services, $12,000; and transfer to Fund 350 storm projects, $353,000.

Bikeways, totaling $467,000, include: Pearson Park connector railroad coordination and construction, $417,000; and Stadium Road bikeway Phase II design, $50,000.

Water system projects, totaling $3,040,500, include: 2 million gallon elevated water storage tank contracts, construction, engineering, $1,552,500; Water treatment plant high service pump generator, $1,070,000; South Shore waterline replacement program Phase 3 professional services and construction, $228,000; and water treatment plant filter media replacement, $190,000;

Wastewater system projects, totaling $464,000, include: sanitary sewer system inspection and removal program, Phase 1 (smoke testing, flow monitoring, cleaning, videotaping), $246,000; miscellaneous sanitary sewer repairs in right-of-way, $200,000; sanitary sewer system rehabilitation Phase 2 design, $18,000.

The total cost of other projects in the capital improvements budget, including the $200,000 senior center detail design, totals $1,002,613. Projects include: One Call Now – public notification system, $6,613; fuel dispensing station upgrade, $150,000; annual sidewalk program, $75,000; Phase 2 electrical upgrade South Coontz Complex, $65,000; sidewalk installation along Pickle Road/Grasser Paving, $62,500; administration building wall, roof and gutter repair, $50,000; municipal complex/Cedar Point Development Park external signage, $25,000; replacement sidewalk around municipal complex, $22,000; administration complex electrical feeds to parking lighting, $8,000; municipal building asbestos pipe insulation removal, $5,000; and the Safe Routes to School program – Pickle Road project, $280,000.

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