Improving weather will bring roadway improvements under Grove City's 2009 Street Maintenance Program, which includes resurfacing of various arterial and residential streets, sidewalk and curb ramp replacement, bike path maintenance and crack sealing.

Improving weather will bring roadway improvements under Grove City's 2009 Street Maintenance Program, which includes resurfacing of various arterial and residential streets, sidewalk and curb ramp replacement, bike path maintenance and crack sealing.

A list of the planned improvements is available at the city's Web site, but it will probably be undergoing some expansions.

At a recent council caucus session, City Administrator Philip D. Honsey reported that contractors' bids for the planned work had come in $200,000 under budget. Some consideration had been given, Honsey told council members, to using the unused funds for some sidewalk replacement, but rather than set a precedent it was decided to do additional street repairs and repaving.

The concept of a sidewalk replacement campaign, primarily at the expense of property owners, as has traditionally been the case, surfaced last summer when white dots began to appear on cracked and broken sections of walkways throughout the city. The spots of paint were identifying problem areas as part of an advance assessment, but with no advance warning to the public, many residents were mystified.

Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage took responsibility for coming up with a sidewalk repair study, and for not properly informing residents it was being conducted.

"Execution leaves a lot to be desired," Stage conceded at an Aug. 18 council meeting.

Eventually, the idea was set aside, but that the April 20 meeting, Council President Ted A. Berry asked the city administrator what was being planned regarding sidewalks.

Honsey reiterated that it might have been nice to use the excess street program money to address some of the more critical sidewalk issues, but added that "roads are our core business." At Berry's urging, Honsey said that he would further explore an idea he has "toyed with" over the years to create an incentive program in which, if a high percentage of residents in a neighborhood agree to assess themselves for sidewalk repairs, the city would agree to come up with part of the costs.

Honsey added that such a program would take time to develop, but said he would try to have this done by the end of the year.

As for the extra $200,000 in street program funds, Honsey said that it would probably be used on either Forest Glen Drive or Gershwin Court.

Under the 2009 program, the following projects are already scheduled:

Mill and overlay is to be done on Hoover Road from Parlin to Home; the eastbound lane of Stringtown Road from Parkmead to McDowell; Demorest Road from Grove City Road to dead end; Brookpark Circle from Columbus to Columbus; Brookgrove Drive from Kingston to Brookpark Circle; Highland Street from Parlin to Scott; Helen Place from Yates to Scott; Arbutus Avenue and First Street from around the Safety Complex; Harrisburg Station from Broadway to dead end; Otter Court from Seneca Way to dead end.

Overlay and spot full-depth repair is to occur on the Gantz Park Bike Path from various locations on bike path and the Murfin Field Bike Path from Columbus to Columbus.

Crack sealing with routing is slated for Black Pine Drive from Demorest to Weeping Spruce; Weeping Spruce Drive from Black Pin to Sitka Spruce; Nordman Fir Drive from Weeping Spruce to Sitka Spruce; Sitka Spruce Drive from Weeping Spruce to Black Pine; Sapphire Drive-Grant Run Estate Drive from Buckeye Parkway to Hemetite; Sapphire Court from Sapphire Drive to dead end; Aquamarine Drive from Buckeye Parkway to Sapphire Drive; Platinum Drive from Buckeye Parkway to Sapphire Drive; Peridot Street from Buckeye Parkway to Sapphire Drive; Goldstone Drive from Buckeye Parkway to dead end; Hemetite Drive from Goldstone Court to dead end; Copper Court from Buckeye Parkway to dead end; Haughn Road from Orders Road to Claybrook.

Pavement markings only are to be addressed on the Stringtown Road Interstate 71 overpass.

Those who have questions concerning the timing of these projects should contact the Grove City Service Department at 277-1100.