EAST LIVERPOOL - Next to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, there probably isn't much city residents look forward to more eagerly than the summer street paving schedule, which was released Thursday by officials.
According to Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell, all council members except Tom Cunningham had provided a list of streets they considered the most in need of attention.
Using those lists, Estell and planning Director Bill Cowan walked each street with a measuring wheel to measure each one's length and width to determine the approximate cost of resurfacing those streets using each of several different methods: chip and seal with one coat (the least expensive); chip and seal with two coats; micro-double; Cape seal single; Cape seal double; 1.5-inch overlay; mill and fill-3-inches (most expensive).
City Council members (from left) Sherrie Curtis, Ryan Stovall and Chuck Wade and Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell watch as workers from Suit Kote apply a new type of chip and seal surface to Drury Lane in East Liverpool. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
During a meeting of the streets committee Thursday that all council members attended, members went over the list of streets that had been measured, with all the costs compiled on a spreadsheet by Estell, who said about $90,000 in street levy revenue is available to resurface neighborhood streets this year.
About $5,500 was earmarked for a project on Drury Lane, which was started Thursday morning.
The city actually owns the East Liverpool City Hospital property but leases it back to the hospital for $1 per year, according to Estell. As part of an agreement with the hospital, the city was allowed to collect on the mineral rights on the property in exchange for repaving the alley, which borders the hospital's parking lots.
Since the city wanted a small area to test a new "fog seal" type of seal coat, it was decided Drury Lane would be the perfect site for that test, and Suit Kote out of Pennsylvania began installing the product Thursday morning, with council members Sherrie Curtis, Ryan Stovall and Chuck Wade, Estell and Mayor Jim Swoger looking on.
During the afternoon's committee meeting, members decided after about an hour's discussion that neighborhood streets which will be repaved with a variety of surfaces are: Ninth from the overpass to Dresden; Andrews from Pennsylvania to Etruria; Croft from Northside to Baxter; Enoch; Fisher; Gardendale: Mars Alley; Michigan from Elizabeth to Myrtle; Ohio from Elizabeth to the playground; Orchard Grove from St. Clair to Oliver; Summit from Jefferson to Jackson; Welsh; Wyoming from Lisbon Street to Northside.
Estell said resurfacing these streets, as well as the Drury Lane project, will use all but about $300 of the available $90,000, based on estimates they derived from prices given in the past.
Bids will have to be taken to determine the actual costs, and, with the bidding procedure, he estimated work could possibly begin on the streets in mid-July.
Some streets council members had on their lists for resurfacing were removed from consideration after it was noted street crews have already done some patching on them, considerably improving their condition, including Jennings and Smith streets, although Mayor Jim Swoger pointed out Smith needs some additional repair.
Estell said that 100 tons of hot patch material had been used since last week. Council recently moved additional money into the budget to provide for an extra 600 tons of hot patch due to the poor condition of streets after the recent hard winter weather.
Repaving will begin on Fifth, Sixth and Walnut streets downtown and the portion of Parkway within the city on June 16, a $1.3 million project for which 80 percent is being paid with Ohio Department of Transportation funds and 20 percent with a loan secured by the city to be repaid with a portion of the 5-mill street levy which was earmarked for matching funds.