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Delaware considers street repairs, other projects for 2013


Delaware City Council last week reviewed a five-year capital improvement wish list that includes $1.52 million in repairs, replacement and construction for 2013.

Council heard the first reading of an updated capital improvement plan at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24. The plan is set for a second reading and possible approval at council's Oct. 8 meeting.

Projects identified for 2013 include airport improvements, street repaving and a major equipment purchase for the city's maintenance department.

Under the new plan, about $112,200 will be invested next year for a planned 800-foot extension of the runway at the Delaware Municipal Airport, a project that will be finished in 2015 with an estimated final cost of $4 million.

Expenditures for 2013 include land acquisition, asphalt sealing and improvements to the aircraft parking area.

Street resurfacing efforts for summer 2013 amount to about $463,000 in repairs.

Other road improvements remain several years out, but the city is allocating funds for engineering and design in 2013. They include plans for signaling changes on U.S. Route 23; improvements to traffic flow at Route 23 and Pennsylvania Avenue; and plans for wider lanes along East William Street from Lake Street to the intersection with Central Avenue.

The city is budgeting $168,000 for park improvements next year, including upgrades to the neighborhood park in the Willowbrook subdivision.

A variety of other upgrades to parks and playground equipment didn't make the cut for 2013, but are scheduled for 2014, including improvements at Mingo, Blue Limestone, Marvin Lane, Lincoln Avenue, Belle Avenue and Lexington Glen parks.

Delaware City Manager Tom Homan said council will need to prioritize the city's recreational needs in the next few years, including the need to replace aging tennis courts.

Council made one major change to the proposed capital improvements plan at the Sept. 24 meeting, electing to delay the replacement of a dump truck until 2014 to budget $130,000 for the purchase of an Asphalt Zipper implement, which streamlines road paving projects.

Public Works Superintendent Charles Dukes said the equipment is expensive, but will quickly pay for itself by making city workers more efficient.

"It would increase our productivity, and it's going to free up labor hours," Dukes said. "The result is that we'll do more street maintenance."

A new pickup truck and three police cruisers also made the list for purchase in 2013.

The police station will continue to use SUV cruisers, which were adopted last year.

"They're bigger so they have a lot more space inside, and they have rear-wheel drive so we can get around in inclement weather," said interim Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski.

About $100,000 is being allocated for technology upgrades for city buildings, and an additional $188,000 is going to building maintenance and parking lot resurfacing at City Hall and the Justice Center.

A total of $184,000 will fund sidewalk repairs throughout the city.