SALEM - The city administration is trying to secure funding for a project to extend a sidewalk along the north side of State Street from the Salem Plaza to the Walmart/Home Depot shopping area.
The sidewalk extension is part of a list of proposed 2012 Service Department infrastructure projects Mayor John Berlin and Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst compiled for city council's budgeting process.
Berlin said the project has been on the backburner for several years and the Ohio Department of Transportation initiated a meeting with the city recently. He said the ODOT officials were very interested in the project.
"They just feel it's a safety hazard," he said, explaining how people walk in the road sometimes to get to Walmart.
The total project cost was listed as $275,000, with the majority of funding to come from a grant from ODOT and the city's share costing $75,000. Berlin liked the chances for the project to get funding since ODOT came to them, but said it's not a done deal.
He said nothing's written in stone for the projects list, which would be funded with capital improvement money, with no guarantee that all of the projects would get done. The total cost of all the projects would be $1,053,506, with the city's share listed as $509,901.
The project at the top of the list is the Lexington Avenue Drainage Repairs project, which Berlin said he was 99 percent sure would be completed. The total project cost was listed as $318,670, with a portion of funding to be provided by the Ohio Public Works Commission and $38,670 to be provided by the city.
The rest of the projects, $459,836 worth, make up the street maintenance program. The majority of the funding would have to come from the city, with a portion of funding sought from Community Development Block Grant funds. The list,
which Berlin said is very preliminary and could change, included the State Street brick crosswalk replacement and portions of Newgarden, Howard, South Lincoln and North Lincoln avenues, and portions of East Perry, Aetna, Columbia, Mullins, Maple, Fourth and Seventh streets.
The proposed 2012 budget includes moving $400,000 from the cash carryover from 2011 into the capital improvements fund.
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