The Beavercreek City Council met on Monday night and discussed plans for road improvements and loaning the school system two lines of fiber optic lines.
Michael Cornell, the city manager, introduced a listing of streets that are a part of the resurfacing program. He asked the council members to review the list and give him their thoughts as soon as possible.
“Traditionally, with the $1 Million we budget to resurface neighborhoods, we are currently able to resurface 6 center line miles of streets annually,” Cornell stated. “It is projected, in 2013, that we will be able to resurface 5 to 5 ½ center line miles of streets.”
Cornell continued by indicating that even though the city is doing their best, with the money available, their funds are not enough for the city’s needs. “We need to be resurfacing 18 to 20 center line miles of streets to be able to keep up with the pace of the road infrastructures,” he stated.
In anticipation of the passing of the income tax, the city has determined that the new allotment of money for street repair will allow the possibility of at least 11 to 12 center line miles of streets to be resurfaced a year.
“The capital of the income tax will get us partially there and a lot further than where we are today,” Cornell states.
The current resurfacing allowances for main roads are approximately 15-18 years and residential roads 25-30 years. Due to the rapid growth of the city in the 80’s and 90’s, there are more roads that are in need of resurfacing but the longer the delay the more it will cost the tax payers.
Another part of the city’s capital improvement plans include five main streets that are facing improvements. Improvements are planned for 1) Shakertown Rd. at County Line and I-675; 2) Grange Hall at the intersection of Shakertown Rd.; 3) Kemper Rd. at N. Fairfield Rd. and Hanes Rd.; 4) Kemp Rd. at Grange Rd and N. Fairfield Rd.; and 5) N. Fairfield at Cedarwood Rd. to Fairbrook Rd.
“These roads average about 7,000 to 10,000 vehicle a day but not enough traffic to receive grants,” said Dave Beach, public administrative service director. These street repairs will be programed as part of the income tax approval initiative.
This city is helping the school district save a substantial amount of money by loaning them two lines of their fiber optic line for use to provide communication means between Main Elementary and the High School. The city will be charging the school district an annual fee of $420.
“The school district will provide all the equipment and the drops back to the buildings,” said Cornell.
In 2010, the city completed installation of a fiber optic cable on portions of Dayton-Xenia Rd. and N. Fairfield Rd. The cable has a capacity of 60 lines, but the city only utilizes approximately 32, which opens it up for other public entities, like the school district.
“We want to help them (the school district) anyway we can,” said Mayor Giambrone.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for March 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.