Some of Powell's streets are set for a much-needed facelift this year.
Powell City Council, at its May 19 virtual meeting, awarded a bid in the amount of $744,496 to Columbus Asphalt Paving Inc. for the city's 2020 street maintenance program.
The program includes:
* Repaving of Liberty Ridge Avenue, Payne's Depot, Welywn Drive, Shale Ridge Court, Valley Place and a portion of Beech Ridge Drive.
* Restoration of the Scioto and North Liberty street intersection.
* Installation of a concrete apron at the alley entrance across from 44 Liberty St.
* Milling and overlaying of Sycamore Ridge Drive, Grey Oaks Drive, Wallsend Court and Oakham Court.
Mayor Frank Bertone called many of the streets in the project "points of pain," saying council has "done a lot of kicking the can down the road" regarding street maintenance in recent years.
"We had no street-maintenance program last year as we tried to save money" for the Sawmill Parkway resurfacing project approved by council last month, councilman Tom Counts said.
Councilman Dan Swartwout said he was worried a project of this scope, on the heels of the Sawmill Parkway project, had not been fully vetted by a council committee.
He called the move a "sudden reversal of course" for council, voicing concern over an unclear financial picture for the city.
Swartwout cast the lone dissenting vote as the measure was approved 6-1.
"This is a key maintenance program in the city," said City Manager Andrew White.
"The city has deferred the full street-maintenance program for a few years in order to save funds for the Sawmill Parkway resurfacing project. We're looking forward to repaving areas that are in need of repair."
The city's engineering department conducts ongoing assessment of each section of roadway within the city using the Ohio Department of Transportation Pavement Condition Rating system, which considers various elements of a road's condition.
Funding for the annual street maintenance program comes primarily through gasoline-tax revenues. The work also is partially funded by leftover grant funds earmarked for the Sawmill Parkway resurfacing project, which came in under bid, and with revenue from the city's downtown tax-increment financing district.