ELYRIA — The city could be spending more than it planned to repave portions of state Routes 113 and 57.
At a Finance Committee meeting, City Council members were told the $320,923 listed as the cost for the projects in the agenda was actually lower than the local funds the Ohio Department of Transportation was asking for.
City Engineer John Schneider said ODOT was actually requesting almost $686,700, $320,000 of which would go to the city’s portion of the asphalt for the repaving of Route 113 from Clemens Road to Route 57 and Route 57 from Schaden Road to the northern city limits.
Other things, he said, wouldn’t receive assistance from ODOT, and the city would have to cover it themselves, including the “big-ticket item” of a guard rail on Route 113 from Lake Avenue to Route 57.
“Our option would be do nothing and leave the guard rail there, which we feel is a bad option, or include it and add an addition cost to the city at $240,000 or go to a concrete wall, which will last longer, at $335,000,” he said. “There (are) also other items that the city is responsible for, and that’s how we get to that total of $686,699.”
Schneider said between this project, as well as the repaving of part of Cleveland Street, would mean ODOT is asking the city for close to $1.1 million
“Now that’s a lot of money,” he said. “I went to ODOT and told them that’s a lot of money. How do you even bring this to Council because of the dollar amount? We can’t fund that. I explained to them our budget is normally $900,000 a year.”
Finance Director Ted Pileski recommended the city take advantage of the state infrastructure bank and get the money as a loan, so they have it sooner rather than later, even if it does mean it would cost the city $125,000 a year for the next 10 years from its motor vehicle tax fund.
“That still leaves $750,000 coming into that fund for other road projects,” he said. “If we don’t do it that way, we’ll probably have to take one year’s worth of revenue from the motor vehicle tax fund plus some Issue 6 funds to make that amount.”
The funding for the road projects will head to full Council for approval.