At the request of Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk, city council members unanimously approved revisions to the city's 2008 paving program.

At the request of Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk, city council members unanimously approved revisions to the city's 2008 paving program.

In a memo dated May 13, Schmenk noted that the 2008 appropriations ordinance included $211,000 for paving Suntra Way and Plum Street along Memorial Hospital.

"We are requesting the paving program be revised to pave Suntra Way, Charles Lane in front of the YMCA and Fifth Street from Five Points to Coleman's Crossing Boulevard," Schmenk noted. "The $211,000 appropriation will be adequate for such work."

Schmenk recommended deferring the paving of Plum Street, adjacent to the hospital, until next year.

"Replacement of the Plum Street culvert in this area should be done concurrently with the paving operation," Schmenk said. "That work is more complex than was anticipated when the budget was completed. Meetings with officials from Memorial Hospital, Heartland Nursing Home and Union County have shown that work expected to be done with the parking lots along Plum Street and work for the drive extension south of Plum Street to Heartland could be best coordinated next year. For those reasons we have decided to include work for the culvert replacement and paving of Plum Street in the 2009 appropriation ordinance."

She also noted that the paving of Charles Lane, in front of the YMCA, was scheduled for last year but was deferred because work was under way for the sanitary lift station being replaced as part of the City Gate development.

"By the time it was realized, the paving work could not be completed before the end of the year, the 2008 appropriation ordinance had been presented to council," she said.

She also noted that Fifth Street was recently widened by the city street department to accommodate additional traffic expected as a result of the opening of the railroad crossing. Schmenk said the checkerboard pattern with resulting uneven seams could be greatly improved by overlaying the pavement with a new asphalt surface.

Director of Administration Jillian Froment said Community Development Block Grant funds will help cover the cost of paving the following alleys: from 6th to 5th between Main and Plum; from 5th to 4th between Main and Plum; from 7th to 6th between Court and Main; from 6th to 5th between Court and Main; from 5th to 4th between Court and Main; from 4th to 3rd between Court and Main; from 5th to 8th between Plum and Walnut; and from 7th to South Main behind the Masonic Temple.