Meadowview water line, Eggleston paving and Sunny Park improvements top of Aurora's 2013 projects

by Ken Lahmers | EDITOR Published:

Aurora -- Three major projects are on the city's horizon among the $2.9 million in projects planned for 2013, City Council was told Nov. 29 at its annual initial budget review session in Town Hall.

The two most expensive projects are the Meadowview water line replacement at $601,000 and completion of Eggleston Road rehabilitation and repaving at $600,000. Half of the latter cost would come from the road and bridge levy.

The other major appropriation is $444,000 for Sunny Lake Park improvements, which could include a new boathouse, new concession stand/restrooms and upgraded parking.

The funds for the Sunny Lake projects are being carried over from 2012 since the projects were not started then. All three of the park projects are estimated to cost about $700,000, so Council will either have to decide which phases to go ahead with or find additional funds.

Parks-Rec Director Jim Kraus said bids will be sought soon for the Sunny Lake projects, and hopefully the new amenities will be ready for most of next year's warm weather months.

Finance Director Bob Paul said the capital improvement fund receives $600,000 from income taxes, plus special revenue, capital improvement and enterprise funds. He added an additional $300,000 should be available for other road projects.

Paul noted the city has been successful in the last decade at getting grants for road projects, and he expects plenty of federal money to be available during President Obama's next four years.

The major capital expenses for the police department would be three new vehicles ($83,000), plus new in-car video systems ($28,000), dispatch room renovations ($17,250), an automated fingerprint scanner ($15,000) and mobile data terminals ($2,000).

The service department plans to lease a new Komatsu excavator ($70,000 per year for five years) while the fire department's major expense will be for new equipment ($30,000). A new pumper truck has been ordered with funds in this year's budget.

The city has budgeted $25,000 for use if the acquisition of Aurora Golf Club is approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, $50,000 for concrete street rehabilitation and $61,000 for the completion of Crackle Road upgrades.

The parks and rec department hopes to buy a new pickup truck for $22,500 and has budgeted $10,000 for the Sunny Lake-Harmon land restoration and $12,000 for extending a water line to the dog park on Page Road. The mayor's budget include a total of $70,000 for tree pruning, removal and planting.

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