ELYRIA — Not this year, Morgan Avenue.
City Council members nixed the broken concrete road with its $600,000 repair price tag in favor of paving more streets this year to accommodate more residents.
They spent Wednesday night trying to secure a portion of the available dollars to repair some of their wards’ respective pothole-pocked road.
Road work suggestions
Miami Avenue from East River Street to Sherman Avenue
East River Street from Clark to Broad streets
Adams Street from Bell Avenue to Warden Avenue
Phillips Court n Monroe Street
Prospect Street from Baldwin Avenue to 1604 Prospect
Bowling Green Circle
Antioch Drive from North Abbe Road to Loyola Drive
Middle Avenue from State Street to Oberlin/Elyria Road
Bell Court from Clemens Avenue to Penfield Avenue.
Penfield Avenue from Lowell Street to Foster Avenue
West 18th Street from Douglas Avenue to West River Road South
Georgetown Avenue from Howard Street to Livermore Lane
Roosevelt Avenue from Poplar to Sycamore streets
Projects are suggestions until projects are bid and budgets are set.
Spreading a limited amount of money around a city that has millions of dollars in needed road repairs is not easy, and the meeting illustrated how Council must choose carefully while balancing what their constituents want.
“We definitely have more projects than money,” said City Engineer Tim Ujvari.
Councilwoman Donna Mitchell, D-6th Ward and head of the Utilities, Environment and Safety Committee, eyed the list of proposed road projects — Ujvari brought eight to the table — with one objective: more work. Cutting Morgan Avenue allows the list to grow to more than a dozen streets, a suggested list the Engineering Department will finalize after the projects are budgeted and bid on. City Council will vote to accept the list Monday.
“We are all about doing the roads,” she said.
Council members said the city has to focus more heavily on the roads because it was the main selling point to residents in the passage of Issue 6 in 2016.
“Looking over this list, it seems like it just keeps getting longer,” said Councilwoman Brenda Davis, D-2nd Ward. “We have to get more streets done. That has to be the quest of this city because that is what citizens want.”
This year, about $2 million is available for roads. Roughly $600,000 will go toward providing matching funds for federal and state funding projects. That leaves about $1.4 million in the Issue 6 funds for road resurfacing.
“We are spending $2 million, but getting about $4.5 million in work done because we are leveraging other money,” said Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka.
Siwierka said future years should include even more money for projects because license plate fees will return to the city when the last payment is made in July on the 2008 reconstruction project of state Route 57.
Siwierka said for so many years the city’s street resurfacing program lagged because of funding issues, and Issue 6 is now giving the city the money to catch up.
But it only works if work’s done at a quick pace, said Councilman Larry Tanner, D-1st Ward.
“It is our duty to get (the roads) fixed,” he said. “(The taxpayers) are paying the money, so they want to see them fixed.”