Paving companies will work on Hilliard streets and Municipal Park after Hilliard City Council unanimously approved two capital improvement projects June 28.

Paving companies will work on Hilliard streets and Municipal Park after Hilliard City Council unanimously approved two capital improvement projects June 28.

Strawser Paving Company Inc. will be contracted to do the city's street maintenance and rehabilitation program, with service areas including Sherwood and Gaymon drives, Old Wynne and Willow Glen roads, Whispering Oak Boulevard and Cemetery Road. There will be raised medians installed at the railroad crossings at Leap and Davidson roads, along with street tree removal and sidewalk repairs.

"A significant portion of Hilliard was built in the late 1980s, early 1990s," said Brent Allen, engineering technician for the City of Hilliard, "so many of our roadways are coming up on their 20-year (date), and a lot of those roads are in residential areas. It's imperative to maintain these areas to prevent huge costs."

Sheedy Paving Inc. will construct athletic courts at Hilliard Municipal Park. The original resolution called for tennis courts to be built on the site of the present basketball courts. However, Councilman Tim Roberts said he worked on an alternative plan with Mayor Don Schonhardt and Steve Mazer, director of recreation & parks Steve Mazer. One tennis court and one basketball court would be built side-by-side on the site, similar to one currently in Gahanna. City officials said another court of either sport could also be added in the future. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which has issued a $50,000 grant for the project, would have to agree to the change by June 30.

Several young men who regularly play basketball at Municipal Park were in attendance and thanked council.

The two resolutions were passed 6-0. Councilman Albert Iosue was absent.

Council also:

Heard a presentation from Andy Taylor, planning coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Taylor revealed the results from a survey, which yielded several goals for MORPC that may be passed in July: "Reduce energy consumption to reduce the production of greenhouse gases; to protect and preserve natural resources to maintain a healthy ecosystem; to position central Ohio to attract economic opportunity to prosper as a region and compete globally; to build sustainable neighborhoods to improve quality of life; increase cooperation to maximize return on public investment; and use public investments to improve the health, safety and welfare of all people."

Passed a resolution adopting a tentative tax budget for the city for fiscal year 2011. The budget assumes revenues will increase by 4-percent, wages will increase by 3-percent and all other expenditures to be flat.

Had a public hearing regarding rezoning 50 acres of land north of Roberts Road and east of Alton Darby Road from rural to the Anderson Meadows development. Developer Schottenstein Homes LLC will donate 22.8 acres of land south of Roberts Road and west of the Clover Groff Run to the city of Columbus, which will maintain it as a conservation area. "I'm not aware of any other project to date in this area where there's been such a significant donation in terms of quality and quantity of ground," said Paul Coppel, one of the owners of Schottenstein Homes.

Rezoned 7.3 acres of land containing Brown Elementary School from township to city zoning.

Butch Seidle, director of public service, said Oxbow River & Stream Restoration, Inc. intends to start construction on stream restoration in Latham Park next week. The work won't cost Hilliard taxpayers, he said, but the construction area will be closed to the public during that period.