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Hilliard's capital budget for 2013 totals almost $7 million


The purchase of energy-efficient equipment, upgrades in information technology, HVAC improvements and several construction projects are part of Hilliard's capital-improvements plan for 2013.

Hilliard Service Director Butch Seidle recently presented City Council members with the city's five-year capital plan for 2013-17. The plan is annually updated to prioritize a series of capital-improvement projects and purchases.

City Council on Nov. 19 was expected to consider a resolution approving the capital-improvements plan.

Funding for the projects is handled separately. Council members are expected to approve funding for 2013 projects by the end of December.

The five-year plan outlines projects and purchases totaling $80.6 million, of which $29.3 million, or 36 percent, are funded by development, including community authority agreements, tax-increment financing districts and private development.

The budget for the 2013 capital-improvements plan is almost $7 million. The largest allocations within the overall budget are transportation ($2.1 million) and storm sewer improvements ($1.4 million).

Individual projects within the storm sewer budget allocation include detention and retention basins throughout the city and a new Cosgray Road bridge ($1 million), half of which should be funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant, Seidle said.

The transportation budget includes design and right-of-way acquisition for improvements to Scioto Darby Road between Bradford Drive and Cosgray Road ($600,000).

Among the other allocations, the 2013 CIP budget for administration and planning is $195,000 and includes $175,000 for an update to the city's comprehensive plan.

The budget for the equipment program is $722,000 and focuses on the purchase of equipment to improve operational and energy efficiency, Seidle said.

Purchases include light trucks and pickup trucks ($120,000), police cruisers and unmarked vehicles ($262,000) and heavy equipment ($155,000).

The 2013 CIP budget for information technology is $155,400 and includes new desktop and laptop computers ($41,500) and police cruiser technology ($49,400).

The lands and buildings program has a budget of $1.2 million, most of which is for numerous repairs and upgrades to recreation and parks facilities ($784,000).

Another $200,000 is earmarked for a program to remove and replace trees infested by the emerald ash borer.

The safety department's budget is $82,500 and includes replacement of safety vests and weapons.

The budget for the sanitary sewer improvements is $752,500.

The city's street-rehabilitation program has a budget of $1.2 million. The annual program, determined on an as-needed basis, typically includes the resurfacing of residential roads, as well as curb and gutter repairs.