As Pataskala works to improve its infrastructure, residents' expectations of the city government have risen, city Administrator Tim Boland said.

As Pataskala works to improve its infrastructure, residents' expectations of the city government have risen, city Administrator Tim Boland said.

"That's a good sign," he said.

Now, in the second quarter of 2012, the city administration is considering hiring more staff members to help meet those expectations.

"This is a historic year. We'll see the most improvements in infrastructure this year than ever (before)," he said, referring to $3.2 million in roadway improvements and $2 million in utility improvements, including more than 25 water and sewer projects, planned for 2012.

Boland said the first quarter of 2012 was about prioritizing infrastructure projects and establishing funding. The goal for the second quarter was to implement the projects through design or construction. Residents will see the most construction activity during the third and fourth quarters of the year, he said.

Boland said all the city department directors "wear several hats," meaning they perform several duties at once. As pressure to accomplish the infrastructure improvements increases, he said, city officials might add staff members, particularly a project manager to support the department directors.

Boland said the city laid off workers in 2009, leaving the city short on staff. He said a project manager would "fill a hole" and focus needed attention on activities that aren't being completed as well as they should.

Namely, Boland said, an employee is needed to oversee all the various city infrastructure projects and to act as a liaison between the city government and the contractors. Also, he said, the city parks need an individual to focus on maintenance of park shelters, grounds and fields.

"It's exciting to be able to discuss that potential (project manager) position," Boland said. "That would be a very busy person."

Boland said Pataskala City Council has not yet approved a project manager position.

Meanwhile, Boland said, the city's major second-quarter construction project is the replacement of water lines in the vicinity of Front, Cedar, High and Vine streets because a "troubling number of waterline breaks" have occurred.

No sanitary sewer work will be performed on Vine Street. For property owners and residents on Cedar, High and Front streets, the gravity sanitary sewer and manholes will be replaced, as well as all of the sewer laterals from the main line to the right of way.

According to the city's website, the project is being funded by the city's 2012 capital-improvements fund with no additional cost to residents. The cost of the project is $574,796, Boland said.

Elite Excavating of Mansfield is the awarded contractor. Boland anticipates the construction will last around two months.

Once the work is completed, the area will have new sidewalks and will undergo roadway work beginning in June.

"You have to keep in mind the residents in these areas," he said.

He said the city will work to minimize the effect the projects will have on the people who live nearby.