Heath is expected to spend about $205,129 to pave six streets next year.

Heath is expected to spend about $205,129 to pave six streets next year.

Those on the list are Linnville Road, James Parkway, Forest Hills Road, Oak Court, Evergreen Court and Ash Court.

Bob Geller, Heath's director of parks, recreation and streets, told Heath City Council earlier this month that he isn't sure how bids would come in for projects in 2009.

The city has $47,500 from Licking County's permissive license-plate tax fund and $95,000 from the city's permissive tax fund to use. The rest -- $62,629 -- will have to come from the city's capital-improvements fund, Heath Mayor Richard Waugh said.

The city typically uses money from its capital-improvements fund to repair roads.

In 2008, the city spent $179,325 to pave Thornwood Drive, Seminary Road, Briar Hill Road, Adam Court, Fulla Lane, Betty Avenue, Hazel Avenue and Ethel Avenue. The capital-improvements fund contributed $39,325 to that project.

In 2007, the city was able to secure slightly less than $200,000 in grants from the Ohio Public Works Commission, and bids for road projects came in about 20 percent less than expected. That gave the city $500,000 to spend on roads.

"Those grants helped us catch up," Geller told council this month.

Roads that were paved in 2007 were Crescent Drive, Heath Road, Grandview Avenue, Blue Jay Road, Watson Road, Custer Road, Radian Drive, Licking View Drive, Old Linnville Road and Claren Drive.

Waugh said the city is working with a new geographic information system (GIS) to map its streets. If the city could consolidate all of its information, the system could help prevent one department from working on a street after a pavement project has been completed. The system also could help the street department track when street repairs should be needed by listing the suggested life of improvements that already have been made.

"It's an asset-management tool," Waugh said.

Heath is expected to work on the GIS project in 2009. Waugh said that is one of his goals, to have information entered into the system so it would be useful to city employees.

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