Capital improvements program
City plans $90 million in projects for 2013-17
Dublin City Council members this week approved a plan that will guide maintenance and infrastructure within the city over the next five years.
The five-year capital improvements program has funding planned and prioritized for about $90 million in projects across the city between 2013 and 2017.
The plan includes projects such as roundabouts, road improvements, street lighting, bike paths, park improvements, sewer lining and fleet equipment.
Council members met previously to go over the projects requested by city departments and Finance Director Angel Mumma this week answered questions and pointed out changes.
"There were minor adjustments for things that will not happen this year, specifically the Brand Road bike path," she said, noting that funding originally planned for 2012 was moved to next year to coincide with construction of the Coffman and Brand roads roundabout.
Funding also was adjusted to make improvements to the city-owned building at 7125 Riverside Drive that the Dublin Arts Council rents from the city.
Funding for a master plan of the property was moved up a year to 2013 and $105,000 was programmed in 2015 "for design and reconstruction of the main retaining wall adjacent to the driveway, standing curb, garden walk and edging, fencing, landscape and site furnishings was requested to be moved from 2015 into 2014," a staff memo to council stated.
Per previous discussion, the memo also said city staff would discuss possible improvements to Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher expressed concerns over adding active uses to the passive park.
"It's a wonderful passive park with bird-watching and animal-watching," she said.
John Reiner noted the park lacked a focal point and could use a more active feature, such as a climbing wall.
"This particular park is a flat park," Reiner said. "It lacks 'zing.' "
According to Reiner, the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District which owns the park could pay for most of the improvement.
"I'd like to see us look into it," he said.
Councilwoman Cathy Boring and Vice Mayor Amy Salay also said they were worried adding more uses to the park would hurt it.
"The bird population is growing out there every year," Salay said.
Mayor Tim Lecklider said other metro parks, such as Prairie Oaks are more passive, but are not lacking.
"It's beautiful and I think that's what attracts people," he said.
City Manager Marsha Grigsby said the city will discuss any possible additions to Glacier Ridge Metro Park with the Metro Parks administration.
No funding for improvements to Glacier Ridge Metro Park was included in the CIP.
To see a copy of the approved CIP, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/finance/capital-improvements-program/.