SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Springfield City Commission voted Tuesday night to authorize more than $2 million for their 2019 Neighborhood Street Paving Program.
The legislation passed will approve a $2,062,024.09 contract with A&B Asphalt Corporation.
“The people of Springfield passed a levy in 2017 with the expectation that we would use those dollars to improve neighborhood streets, and we take that commitment seriously,” said Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck. “We are dedicated to the task of doing all we can to better the lives of our residents by improving neighborhoods and maintaining our infrastructure.”
The project will include pavement repair, pulverization and resurfacing, as well as curb ramp installation.
The city is using funding from a levy passed in 2017 to cover the $2 million in paving costs, but some neighbors told 2 NEWS they are forced to foot the bill for new sidewalks.
“I think the streets should be paved and fixed nice, but I don’t think they ought to push off a bill on me that I don’t think should be put here,” said Jay Fultz, who has lived on Nagley Street for more than 40 years.
Fultz said he received a notice from the city saying he would have to pay about $2,500 to replace the sidewalk, curb and gutter outside his home.
“If we mandate something, they should have some way of paying for it besides skinning it off of people,” Fultz said.
Springfield residents are responsible for those kinds of costs, Heck said, adding that officials wanted to make sure new streets come with new sidewalks.
The city is giving neighbors options to help them afford the payments, Heck said.
“They will not actually see a bill for that work, if they have the city do that, until next year,” Heck said. “And then they have the option to have it added onto their property taxes for a period of five years.”
Initial road work on the neighborhood streets is expected to begin in May, Heck said.
“We’re going to continue to try to leverage additional funding from state and federal sources,” Heck said. “But for our neighborhood streets where we cannot obtain state and federal dollars, we wanted to commit the levy dollars.”
Streets involved include:
- East Ward Street
- El Camino Drive
- Fulton Avenue
- Kenwood Avenue
- Nagley Street
- Olympic Street
- Perrin Avenue
- Rutland Avenue
- Springmont Avenue
- Vester Avenue
The city will also be reconstructing Belmont Avenue (between Home Road and McCreight) and East Harding Road (between Fountain Avenue and Limestone Street) this year, as well as paving Cliff Park Drive.
Middle Urbana Road will also be completed in the spring.