Liverpool could funnel more into street repairs

EAST LIVERPOOL – In response to residents’ pleas, City Council will be considering a move to provide additional funding for the purchase of street patching materials.

Council’s finance committee on Tuesday agreed to forward for council’s consideration an ordinance adjusting appropriations, including transferring some capital improvement money out to repay a State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) loan.

According to committee Chairman Sherrie Curtis, this seemed like a “viable solution” to provide money for patching materials after the rough winter left streets in bad shape.

The ordinance will transfer $25,500 from capital improvements to pay the SIB loan and $3,000 toward the purchase of a used truck that would have come from the permissive tax fund, thus freeing up enough to purchase about an additional 600 tons of patching material, Curtis said.

Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell said, “The guys have to do a lot more patching than in past years due to the winter (weather),” and Mayor Jim Swoger said that, while it was hoped not as much patching was going to be needed due to the work done last year, the winter weather made it even more necessary.

“(Streets) are bad and the people are right. We need to repair them,” Swoger told the committee.

An ordinance was forwarded to council that would create a new fund and line item for $1.1 million in construction funding for the upcoming street paving projects.

Although Curtis presented the 2015 tax budget just for review, saying it did not need forwarded to council just yet since it does not need passed until July, member Charles Wade moved to do so.

A public hearing will be held on the budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, and copies are available for review in the city auditor’s office. It totals $4,074,773, with a $1.4 million general fund.

Council’s rules and recreation committee will also meet Monday following the public hearing prior to the council meeting at 7 p.m.