The poor condition of a number of streets in Grandview Heights is driving the city's decision to set aside 1 mill in its November levy for road improvement projects.

The poor condition of a number of streets in Grandview Heights is driving the city's decision to set aside 1 mill in its November levy for road improvement projects.

"We have a lot of streets that need a lot of work," Mayor Ray DeGraw said. "We have a number of issues right now that are beyond our capability to address."

The street component of the levy would raise about $250,000 a year.

The levy also would include 6.5 mills for operating revenue. City Council has yet to decide whether the combined levy should be for three or four years.

If voters approve the levy, the city would be able to begin to adequately address its street improvement needs, beginning with those that are in most need of work, DeGraw said.

Last year, the city reviewed and rated all of its streets using the Ohio Department of Transportation's pavement condition rating system, which rates streets from very good to very poor.

A majority of the city's streets are rated fair or poor, DeGraw said.

Streets rated as fair have pavement that is beginning to crack, he said.

City streets ranked as poor include:

* Elmwood between Goodale and the top of the hill;

* Wyandotte between Goodale and Bluff;

* Palmer between Goodale and Burr;

* Ashland between First and the north corporation line;

* Merrick between Elmwood and Urlin;

* Glendale between Douglas and Goodale;

* Second between Norton and Edgehill;

* Grandview between the south corporation line and Goodale; and

* Second between Grandview and Avondale.

Those streets, which are beginning to show signs of "falling apart," would get first priority if the levy passes, DeGraw said.

The city has patched some streets, but "patching only buys you some time" before more long-lasting improvements must be completed, he said.

Crews have begun to crack sealing streets the city believes it can "extend the life of," DeGraw said.

Crack sealing helps keep cracks from expanding and helps prevent water from seeping into the lower levels of the pavement, he said.

The administration has asked council to approve $140,000 worth of street work for this year, but there is only about $40,000 in the city's street fund, DeGraw said.

The sources for street improvement funding, such as the gasoline tax and motor vehicle license tax, have been falling as people are driving less, he said.

The plan is to borrow the rest of the money to pay for this year's street work from the general fund, DeGraw said.

The administration will seek council's approval of a proposal to pursue Ohio Public Works Commission funds to pay for improvements to Goodale Boulevard west of Grandview Avenue, he said.

The city has been fortunate to obtain grant money for other projects, such as improvements to Oakland Avenue, DeGraw said.

Grant money also may be sought to address the need for new or improved wheelchair ramps in a number of locations throughout the city, he said. The city contracted with the E.P. Ferris consulting firm to identify where ramps are needed in the city.

If the November levy passes and brings the additional revenue to fund street improvements, the city may be able to use the annual revenue coming from the gasoline and license taxes "to do some bonding for bigger projects," DeGraw said.