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Capital Improvements

Each year, City Council and the City Administration evaluate new projects, long term maintenance projects and equipment to be funded in the annual budget. Examples of new projects over the years include the Millennium Fountain Plaza Project, Centennial Plaza Project, Playground Equipment, Walking Trails and the Shelter Houses in the Parks. Maintenance projects include street resurfacing and storm water pipe replacements. Equipment includes vehicles, trucks, and leaf vacuums. All capital projects are funded through local property and earnings taxes. Because these funds are limited and also used for providing services, the prioritization of capital improvements is very important. City Council is dedicated to making certain we continue to maintain the existing infrastructure along with making improvements throughout the community.

Dawson Road Reconstruction Project.
The City received $550,000 from the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) in 2014 for this project. We also received $100,000 in Municipal Road Funds from the County Engineer. Total Cost of the project is $2.3 million with $600,000 allocated toward the replacement of the waterlines. This funding comes from outside sources. The project also includes new storm water systems, curbs and a sidewalk to connect Kenwood Road to McDonald Commons. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Thomas Drive/Euclid Avenue Sidewalk Project.

The City received $342,000 from the State of Ohio for the construction of a sidewalk on the east side of Thomas Drive (from Euclid to Dee Street) and on the north side of Euclid from Sycamore Hill to Camargo Road. Bids are to be opened on July 24, 2014 with construction to begin in late August/early September. A completion schedule has not been established. The funds were received in order to improve the walkability of the adjacent neighborhoods to provide access to the Madeira Elementary School at the north end of Thomas Drive.

Future Street Projects.
Once Dawson Road is complete, other resurfacing projects will be scheduled in the future. These will include Camargo Road, Euclid Avenue and several residential “side” streets. Major roads are eligible for SCIP funding so they will be under construction when funds become available. Residential neighborhood streets are not eligible for outside funding; only local tax dollars can be expended for these projects. All street projects are prioritized based on condition and volume of traffic. The Public Works Committee monitors the Annual Street Program and makes recommendations on the streets that come up for consideration.