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Cost estimates for proposed streets projects are expected to be in the hands of members of Genoa Village Council.

“Once we get that we can begin prioritizing them,” said Village Administrator Kevin Gladden.

Rich Hertzfeld of Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green attended a recent council meeting to talk about the spring project’s list.

Some of the key items on the list, according to Gladden, include: a driveway with drainage problems near the Genoa Library;  Superior Street (between 6th and 7th streets); a couple of sections at the northern end of Washington Street, and a section of Ninth Street.

The village sets aside about $135,000 to $140,000 annually for street repair, Gladden said. The engineer’s estimates will help council determine how many sections can be done this year.

However, one of the street upgrades on the minds of council members far exceeds the amount designated in the streets fund.

“The major one we would like to see done is Industrial Drive,” said Gladden of the roadway used to access the industrial park housing several larger businesses in Genoa.

“That’s a separate issue from the streets program,” Gladden explained. “Poggemeyer is working to see if they can help us find some other funding sources.”

The management of at least three businesses at the park has talked possible expansion in the future, the administrator said.

That may give Genoa a chance to latch onto funds through the Jobs Ohio-CDBG program or the Jobs and Commerce Division of the Ohio Department of Transportation, he added.

“The funds go by what is going to be created,” Gladden said. “We just sent letters to the businesses telling them we need them to disclose their financials to help us get the improvements.”

The existing road is pretty rough, Gladden said.

Improvements proposed include a concrete approach for trucks, curbs and proper drainage.

“That’s the problem, it’s going to take about $600,000 to $700,000 to do this thing right,” Gladden said.