Neighborhood street fund created to provide paving costs

EAST LIVERPOOL – A heavily-traveled street in deplorable condition will be getting some attention after City Council took action during a brief special meeting Monday night.

In preparation for paving Eutaw Avenue, council approved an ordinance creating a new fund, the neighborhood street fund, and making appropriations to it.

The legislation provided for $89,780 in engineering costs to be paid with a State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) loan.

After the meeting, officials said the city also plans on securing a loan against future revenue from a 5-mill street levy that will begin collection next year. The estimated cost of the paving is $96,000, according to Mayor Jim Swoger, who said the project is expected to be bid out this week.

The street, which leads to Nentwick’s Nursing Home and the Woodland Hills (formerly LaBelle Terrace) housing complex, had been the subject of complaints from the business owners and residents for some time.

Council also approved ordinances Monday authorizing the board of control to purchase radios, equipment, training and related items through the state cooperative purchasing program for the police and fire departments from Staley Communications and to borrow the funds for the $221,519 cost.

Lastly, council approved a resolution authorizing placement of the 8-mill fire levy on the November ballot as a renewal.

The levy would be in effect for five years and, as a renewal, would not raise taxes if approved.