Powell City Council on Feb. 22 gave a first reading to a plan to spruce up downtown and Adventure Park.

Powell City Council on Feb. 22 gave a first reading to a plan to spruce up downtown and Adventure Park.

The proposal would appropriate $115,000 for the work, using $100,000 from the downtown tax-increment-financing district and $15,000 from the parks and recreation budget for security cameras and lights at Adventure Park.

Planned improvements include:

• Repairing brick pavers in downtown sidewalks. City staffers inventoried the sidewalks and identified areas that are settling, broken, marred or pushing upward.

• Installing additional street lighting for public parking at 44 N. Liberty St. Residents have complained about security and visibility when using the lot at night, officials said.

• Drainage and walkway improvements to the east side of North Liberty Street near the parking lot. The improvements are designed to increase pedestrian safety.

• Paving the gravel parking area along the west side of Depot Street and providing some stormwater drainage improvement to the area.

• Installing about 10 bicycle racks. The racks hold two bicycles each and are small enough to install around the downtown area. They'll be constructed with the city's logo, a radiant sun.

• Engineering for proposed 2013 projects such as a traffic signal study for the intersections of Grace Drive and East Olentangy Street, and Grace Drive and North Liberty Street.

City staffers and the development committee members have spent a year looking at various improvement projects on which the downtown TIF funds might be used. The city has about $500,000 in the TIF fund.

The security improvements to Adventure Park will cost in about $33,000. The city allocated $18,000 for the project in 2011.

Council also:

• Transferred $80,844 to the general fund from the engineering inspection fund. The transfer includes money unclaimed by developers, when the cost of inspections performed on new property is less than the estimated fees a developer paid earlier.

Developers have six months after final approval to ask for the unused funds, finance director Debra Miller said. The city does not notify developers of the remaining amount.

City documents say developers are responsible for requesting a refund.

Miller said the $80,844 is from projects that received final acceptance in 2007 and 2008.

• Heard an update report on the Powell Community Improvement Corp., established in 2010 to develop economic incentive programs to encourage businesses to move into and stay in the city. Councilman Jim Hrivnak, who serves on the CIC board, said the CIC has spoken with a person who might apply to use one of the four small offices at 44 N. Liberty St., created for start-up businesses.

• Established a charter review committee of council members Richard Cline and Michael Crites and residents William Nolan, Don Grubbs, Wayne Jenkins, Stacey Borowicz, and Christina Tulenko.