Tri-Village News

2013 street improvements

Levy win paves way for repairs


Grandview Heights Mayor Ray DeGraw plans to present City Council with a proposed set of street improvement projects for 2013 by the end of this year.

"Hopefully I can get something to them by December, January at the latest," DeGraw said.

The city will be able to move forward with implementing a plan to repair roadways after voters overwhelmingly passed its 7.5-mill property tax replacement levy on Election Day, Nov. 6.

With all precincts reporting, final, unofficial results showed the levy passed with 2,816 votes, or 73.14 percent while 1,034 votes were cast against the measure.

The levy will provide approximately $410,000 annually in operating funds and $250,000 to be set aside for street improvements.

DeGraw said meetings have already been held with the city engineer to discuss street improvement issues and the administration will be reviewing the rating of the conditions of its streets before presenting a slate of projects for council's approval.

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

A majority of the city's streets are rated as fair or fair to poor.

"We reevaluated that list in the spring and we'll be doing that again," now that the levy has passed, DeGraw said.

Those streets that are found to be in most need of repair will be given first priority, he said.

City streets that have been 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.

* Second between Grandview and Avondale.

Most of the 2013 projects will likely involve patching roadways, DeGraw said.

The "patching" will not be a simple covering of potholes but will involve "digging out" sections of a roadway that are in disrepair and repaving them, he said.

"We'll be talking about patching large areas of roadway, perhaps as long as a block," DeGraw said.

In addition to the funds generated by the levy, the city will also continue to look for grant opportunities to help pay for major road repairs, he said.

The levy's passage and the community's support of improving roadways may help bolster the city's chances for receiving grant money, DeGraw said.

In other election results, voters also passed the Grandview Heights Public Library's 2.5-mill replacement levy by a wide margin.

Final, unofficial results showed the levy passed with 2,313 votes, or about 78 percent in favor, with 623 votes cast against the measure.

The levy will generate about $723,000 a year and enable the library to maintain its current level of services.

Grandview voters also approved a local liquor option to allow Sunday sales of wine, mixed drinks and liquor at Marshall's Restaurant & Bar, 1105 and 1111-1113 W. First Ave.

A total of 964 votes, or 81.08 percent, were cast in favor of the liquor option and 225 votes were cast against it.

Marshall's will be able to sell wine, mixed drinks and liquor from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.