The city of Grandview Heights is poised to initiate a series of major projects that could include construction of a new firehouse and municipal building.

The city of Grandview Heights is poised to initiate a series of major projects that could include construction of a new firehouse and municipal building.

"We're talking about taking a look at all our facilities," Mayor Ray DeGraw said. "The idea would be to take some money from the general fund to start a capital fund."

The new fund also would be supported by bonds, he said.

The city's firehouse was built 90 years ago and the municipal building has numerous deficiencies, city leaders said.

Voters defeated a bond issue in May 2002 that would have funded renovations to the facilities. No major improvements have been considered since.

The city also will look at potential improvements to the parks and recreation department and Grandview Center building and will consider whether to improve or move the service department's office. Both the parks and service department offices are located on Goodale Boulevard.

"We want to begin a process of reviewing our facility needs and evaluating potential ways to address those needs," DeGraw said.

That could include relocating some facilities from the Grandview Avenue site of the municipal building and firehouse to Goodale Boulevard, or vice versa, or to other locations in the city, he said.

A time table for when any of the facility projects could be accomplished is still up in the air, but city officials are eager to act as soon as possible to take advantage of the current low interest rates, DeGraw said.

The city's parks advisory board is studying potential components for a improvement project at the municipal pool that could get underway within the next year or two.

The board will hold a public meeting to get residents' ideas for pool improvements at 6:30 p.m. today, Nov. 20, in the meeting room at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

Several other projects on the horizon are expected to get underway next year, DeGraw said.

"We're looking at basically doubling our street-improvement program," he said. "Generally, our street program runs at between $250,000 and $400,000 each year. We have a lot of catch-up work to do," DeGraw said, especially on residential roads and off the city's main thoroughfares.

The administration expects to bring a expanded 2015 proposal for street upgrades to council in December or January, he said.

Funds for the increased street program would come from cash the city collects from the gas tax, transfers from the general fund, and from the $250,000 in annual revenue set aside for street improvements that comes from the property-tax levy voters approved in 2012.

Another project planned for next year is improvements to southbound lanes on East Goodale Boulevard, DeGraw said.

Portions of the roadway are failing, he said.

"We want to get that completed next year, ahead of 2016, when the jobs (from Nationwide Insurance's Grandview Yard corporate campus) begin coming in," DeGraw said. "We want to make sure the road can handle the increased traffic."

The city should find out next month whether it was successful in its application for Ohio Public Works Commission funds.

The money would be used to support improvements in the area of Northwest Boulevard and First Avenue, DeGraw said.

The city also is planning upgrades to water lines in various areas to improve water pressure, he said.