Reynoldsburg street improvements will be at a minimum in 2012, thanks to an anticipated budget deficit of $1.3 million.

Reynoldsburg street improvements will be at a minimum in 2012, thanks to an anticipated budget deficit of $1.3 million.

Jim Miller, the city’s director of public service, said a number of Reynoldsburg streets need work, including Lancaster Avenue, Brice Road and Taylor Road.

No projects have yet been identified for funding next year, although Mayor Brad McCloud said one street that could be targeted is Lancaster Avenue.

“It’s not going to be anything big next year,” McCloud said of planned street improvements. “The street program this year was just under $400,000 so there’s no reason to think it’s going to be anything exceeding that.

“If we did Lancaster Avenue, that would be about all we could do É and that would be from East Main Street north to the corporation limit. It’s a road that will need some attention in the very near future,” he said.

Having money problems is not specific to Reynoldsburg, McCloud said.

Municipalities throughout the state have been affected by cuts because of losses of funding from the state.

“Now that we realize those cuts are going to happen, we don’t have the money to put into the streets,” Miller said. “When we were doing the $1-million street programs, that was before we realized those state cuts were gong to happen.”

City auditor Richard Harris said Reynoldsburg traditionally has planned on spending about $1 million in street repairs and improvements.

“This year we didn’t do it,” he said. “The last couple years, we were pretty close to it, but obviously, with the failure of the income tax levy, it makes it impossible to do the maintenance and the capital needs of the city are not being met.”

Miller said the decision is made to proceed with improvements to Lancaster Avenue, he could bring the plans before city council as soon as early December.

He said the Lancaster Avenue project would cost about $1 million, which would include milling, paving and spot curb replacement. The money could come through Franklin County’s permissive tax fund.

Harris said money from the permissive tax fund can only be used for street repairs and nothing else, and the city has yet to collect it.

“It’s not money I have now É when the decision is made that that is what it is going to be used for, council will have to pass a resolution authorizing the service director to ask the Franklin County Engineer’s Office, who will approve it, and then we’ll get a check for it,” Harris said.

Meanwhile, because the city will have limited funds to do much more in 2012, McCloud said any work on a Brice Road project likely would not begin until 2014. The estimated cost of that project is upwards of $5 million, with the bulk of it — $4 million — coming through possible grants, McCloud said.

That would mean the city would pay around $1 million.

“If we would apply and get awarded a grant for it in 2012, then plans would not probably be done until 2013, and construction wouldn’t start until probably 2014,” McCloud said.

“But obviously, we’d like to be able to maintain the city’s infrastructure,” he said.

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