STEUBENVILLE — City Council appears ready to approve this year’s street paving list. But the proposed paving list for the next two years remains open for discussion and debate.
Sixth Ward Councilman David Lalich officially introduced the ordinance authorizing the 2008 street paving list Tuesday following a 30-minute debate about streets for the 2009 and 2010 lists by City Engineer Michael Dolak.
“We sit down every year and evaluate a lot of streets based on potholes, cracking and general deterioration. We rate the streets on a scale of one to 100, with 100 being the very best condition,” Dolak explained.
“That’s how we arrived at this year’s list of parts of Iva Way, Jeannette, Girard and Wilma avenues, Rosslyn Boulevard, St. Andrew’s Drive, Spahn’s Alley Way and Aberdeen and Starkdale roads,” said Dolak.
“And we try to plan the work so there is limited movement of the equipment used for the paving. That is another way to get the best bang for the buck,” added Dolak.
Dolak’s proposed 2009 and 2010 street paving lists generated considerable discussion from several councilmen, who said they want Whitehaven Boulevard moved up on the paving schedule.
“We need to see Whitehaven Boulevard paved in 2009. It needs to be done and we can’t wait until 2010,” said 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Perkins.
Fifth Ward Councilman Albert Stasiulewicz agreed. “That street hasn’t been paved in 40 years and it is about 15 years overdue. I definitely want to see it paved next year. Those people pay taxes and they deserve to have their street paved.”
“Why don’t we switch Whitehaven Boulevard and Bryden Road. By 2010, we may be doing the Lovers Lane project and it would make sense to do Bryden Road then, too,” said Councilman at-large Eddie Joe Chanoski.
Fourth Ward Councilman David Fortunato was told parts of North Fifth and Sixth streets probably will be paved in 2009 using Community Development Block Grant funds.
“The funds this year are slated for the Belleview Boulevard paving job. But I am looking at asking for those federal government funds to do Fifth and Sixth streets,” noted Dolak.
“I certainly hope so because North Fifth Street is in very bad shape,” replied Fortunato.
“I kid Mike (Dolak) a lot but I have to tell you, this man sets up these projects so there is less equipment movement and he gets as much as he can out of the paving budget. What he has done the past four years has been the best job we have seen in a long time. He has put together an extended paving plan that is working for the city. I’m fine with the 2008 list. But we have to work on the 2009 street list,” stated Perkins.
Dolak also said he has obtained an Ohio Public Works Commission grant to extend the Lincoln Avenue paving project from the Beatty Park entrance to the city limits at Toson Insurance.
“We already planned on having part of Lincoln Avenue paved after the Permar’s Run Sanitary Relief Sewer project is completed, and the grant will allow us to extend the paving area. And I am talking to the county engineer about sharing costs on county Road 26 where it goes from county road to city street and back to county road. There would be one paving project and we would pay for the city part of the job,” explained Dolak.
In other matters, Fortunato introduced an ordinance that will see seven more dilapidated houses demolished.
The structures are located at 732 N. Fourth St., 1529 State St., 1528 1520-1522 Euclid Ave. and 1522 Rear Euclid Ave., and 410 Madison Ave. during a meeting Tuesday.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf introduced a resolution to approve the draft version of a 15-year operational plan for the Jefferson-Belmont Solid Waste District Authority.
The operational plan is now in the ratification process and requires approval by the legislative bodies representing 60 percent of each county’s population.
Once the draft plan is approved, it will be submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the final OK.
Lalich introduced a measure to advertise for bids for three clarifiers for the wastewater treatment plant.
Also, Stasiulewicz proposed the annual resolution recognizing the Army on its birthday.
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