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In her new job, Pritchard will guide slew of improvements

Planning commission member is former Bexley service director


Grandview Heights Mayor Ray DeGraw told City Council during its meeting Monday, Feb. 4, that he plans to name Dorothy Pritchard to the new part-time position of public works manager.

In that role, Pritchard will oversee and coordinate the city's upcoming public improvement projects, including improvements to Goodale Boulevard, upgrades of traffic lights and implementation of Safe Routes to Schools.

"With so many projects on our plate, we need someone to coordinate things and make sure everything runs smoothly," DeGraw said in an interview. "Dorothy has served as a consultant for us, helping us get a lot of these grants.

"She has a lot of experience and contacts in this area, having previously served as service director in Bexley," he said. "I'm thrilled she has agreed to come on board as a member of our team."

Pritchard will be paid $35 an hour, not to exceed 900 hours a year, with a total potential compensation of $31,500.

The funds to pay for the part-time position already are in the budget, so the appointment will not add to the budget, DeGraw said.

The job description still must be approved by the civil service commission, but DeGraw said he plans to have Pritchard start in the new position as soon as late this week ahead of the commission's approval.

Pritchard will resign from the planning commission, where she serves as president, he said.

The city will begin the bidding process for its 2013 street improvement program next Thursday, Feb. 14, DeGraw said.

The Ohio Public Works Commission funds the city won for sewer and road improvements on Goodale Boulevard from Grandview Avenue to Lincoln Road will become available July 1, he said.

Design work for the project will be completed this year, with actual work on the project slated for 2014, DeGraw said.

Commission funds also were awarded for infrastructure improvements in the Grandview Yard project area, and Nationwide Realty Investors is working on completing design details for those projects, he said.

The city also has started design work for planned improvements to intersections with traffic signals, DeGraw said.

Also at this week's meeting, council approved a $2.2 million capital improvements budget for 2013.

The final revised budget removes a $75,000 expenditure for a traffic calming and urban design study that will be part of a process to update the city's community plan. Council members agreed the study was not technically a capital improvement.

The total expenditures for planned improvements at Pierce Field and Wyman Woods parks was revised to a new total of $1,924,636.