Hilliard City Council members are expected to consider an $18.3 million 2019 capital-improvement-projects budget Dec. 10.

The budget includes $3.5 million for information and technology, the largest amount ever set aside for it, said Butch Seidle, the city's public-services director. It includes $2.9 million set aside for a citywide fiber-optics project.

More than $5 million has been allocated for lands and buildings, and transportation, typically the largest allocation in the city's annual CIP budget, remains so in 2019 at $5.9 million, Seidle said.

Within lands and buildings, $1.3 million has been earmarked for the construction of a Miracle Field at the Grener sports complex on Cosgray Road and continuing design work at the facility; $411,500 is allocated for a new shelter house at Latham Park if a Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant is approved; and $200,000 is set aside for land acquisition to extend the Rails to Trails corridor from Columbia Street to the Hilliard Municipal Building, Seidle said.

Transportation projects in 2019 include $750,000 for preliminary design and property acquisition for improvements at Scioto Darby and Walcutt roads, said Letty Schamp, the city's deputy engineer.

Construction of Scioto Darby and Leppert roads improvements will conclude next year, and $350,000 is set aside for that work is set aside, Schamp said. Meanwhile, $1.6 million is allocated for utility relocation and the start of construction for a Franklin Street improvement project, she said.

A little more than $1 million is allocated for the annual citywide street-rehabilitation program, said Larry Lester, the city's public-services deputy director.

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