Pataskala City Council members seem a little annoyed June 21 that sidewalk construction is moving slower than expected.

Pataskala City Council members seem a little annoyed June 21 that sidewalk construction is moving slower than expected.

City administrator Tim Boland said the work should be done this week.

"As of late we have voiced a concern that the project would have been completed by now," Boland said. "Based on information we received today from the contractor, we do anticipate additional prep work Wednesday and Thursday of this week, with the goal that substantial paving and sidewalk work will be completed Friday. Any remaining work would be completed Monday, June 28."

Mayor Steve Butcher said residents are growing impatient with the pace of work.

"We're obviously getting calls from business owners and some residents; they're frustrated" he said. "In my opinion, what we got was a token show. They sent a crew out for one day to do some prep work to try to shut us up. We continue to say ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) has got to get this crew out here and finish. It's an ongoing, moving target, but it's an ODOT program."

The project includes $250,000 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to replace the sidewalks on Main Street and bring them into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Downtown business owner Mike Fox said he had put up protest signs to prompt the contractor to finish work.

"Please get the sidewalks done," Fox said. "I can verify it's been a total three weeks without anybody in front of my business. We're constantly hearing the horn go off where people are trying to skedaddle and get through. It's becoming a pretty dangerous situation."

Boland said he expected the work to be done this week and noted a sidewalk dedication was planned for July 9.

He also told council he expected to have a proposal shortly for repairs to Summit Road.

"Summit Road, south of Broad Street, is a tremendous concern," he said. "Simply waiting for a grant in two years isn't going to cut it."

Although council had not budgeted money for the project, Boland said, he was working with bond council to develop financing.

"We're going to try to put together some financing options so we can do those repairs this year," he said. "It's very difficult to put a project together that we had not planned on doing this year."

He estimated total cost at $360,000.

Boland also reported that the city is moving forward with a comprehensive repair of 145 streetlights, with a maximum projected budget of $55,000.

"It's a significant project but one that residents have voiced their concern about," he said.

In other matters, Boland reported:

City plans to purchase 1,300 tons of road salt to re-establish the regular inventory of 1,800 tons. Current prices are about $60 per ton, down from $150 per ton two years ago.

Repair and reconstruction of the Taylor Road culvert was projected to cost $21,000, down from initial estimates of $35,000.