The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 14, 2012

Other projects will replace resurfacing for Public Works

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

CONNEAUT —  Plenty of other projects will take the place of resurfacing work for Conneaut’s Public Works Department next year, according to City Manager Tim Eggleston.

Based on an advance copy of the report Eggleston was scheduled to deliver at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, administrators will be compiling a list of work to fill the void created by the loss of large-scale paving program. Voters last week rejected a 10-year, 2.75-mill street/road maintenance levy that officials said was critical to future projects. Without the levy, paving would come to a halt, municipal leaders said.

The measure failed by 175 unofficial votes out of 4,525 cast.

In Eggleston’s report, he said department supervisors were already finding work for Public Works crews in 2013. Ditching work on the city’s secondary roads is high on the list, along with filling cracks on routes 7, 20 and 531. Employees may also spend time grinding up stumps on city tree lawns. Harbor Street could see some repairs, but only in conjunction with a sewer replacement project.

“Pot holes will be maintained to the best of our ability,” Eggleston said in his report.

For the past seven years, the bulk of the city’s repaving projects had been financed through a .15-percent municipal income tax increase. That increase expires at the end of the year.