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Five-year plan

Dublin's capital improvements could top $202 million

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Dublin could spend as much as $202.7 million in capital improvement projects over the next five years.

Dublin City Council members last week heard about the latest update to the Capital Improvement Program that will guide construction and upkeep in the city from 2015 to 2019.

The CIP, is updated annually and projects are determined from City Council goals, economic development opportunities, the community plan, the community survey and Bridge Street District plans.

Capital improvements are funded by Dublin's income tax revenue.

Each year, 75 percent of income tax revenue goes to the general fund and 25 percent is diverted to the CIP.

Dublin's financial director, Angel Mumma, told council members last week more than $216 million is anticipated for the CIP in the next five years.

"That allows for some significant resources still available for other projects," she said.

As it stands, the proposed CIP budgets $202.7 million for projects and the lion's share goes to transportation projects with a total of $96.4 million over the five years.

Parks account for $46.97 million in the proposed CIP, followed by facilities with a budget of $15.7 million.

Under facilities, the Dublin Community Recreation Center is slated to get a new cooling tower or geothermal system next year with $400,000 budgeted for the replacement.

On the transportation side, the annual street maintenance program got increased funding in the proposed CIP to repair streets.

"After the winter we had we're taking a look at the condition of our roadways and anticipate an increased need annually," said Megan O'Calla-ghan, Dublin's director of public service.

The proposed CIP has $4.5 million programmed for street maintenance annually through 2019, an increase from original figures of $3.5 million in 2015, $3.7 million in 2016, $3.9 million in 2017 and $4.1 million in 2018.

"It's key to get more timely pavement condition assessments," O'Callaghan said.

The proposed CIP also sets more funding for annual bikeway maintenance as infrastructure around the city ages.

"We took a look at the need of bike paths and determined we do need to increase the request for 2015," O'Callaghan said.

"We're taking a closer look at the conditions of the paths."

In 2015, the budget for path maintenance was increased to $655,000 from $450,000.

In the following years, maintenance funds were also increased from $75,000 to $500,000.

The proposed CIP also budgets money for new bike paths; $1.4 million is budgeted to make connections in the Dublin Road South path in 2015 and $810,000 is budgeted for 2015 to make connections on Glick Road.

Dublin City Council members are expected to vote on the proposed CIP Sept. 8.

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