BG bailout money could pave roads: mayor proposes to do 30 miles | New

Bowling Green Mayor Mike Aspacher on Monday unveiled a first proposal to use part of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The three-year, $ 3 million plan would aim to pave more than 30 miles of lane on the city’s residential roads.

“We plan to submit the legislation to council for first reading at the October 18 meeting,” Aspacher said in a statement at Monday’s regular meeting. “Acting now will allow the city to be among the first communities to hire a contractor to begin work as soon as the weather permits in 2022.”

The city is expected to receive approximately $ 7 million in total from ARPA; the first half, amounting to approximately $ 3.6 million, has already been received this summer. The second half of the year is expected in 2022. Under ARPA, the city is expected to commit the funds by 2024, and they would be used by the end of 2026.

Aspacher said he was happy the proposal “is well aligned with many areas that we have discussed and continue to discuss, such as the revitalization of neighborhoods and complete streets.”

Aspacher noted that while Bowling Green has “recently leveraged funding partnerships to make significant improvements to some of our major corridors and intersections,” with a number of partner projects coming up in busy streets, “we recognize that our citizens cross the city on a network of what we consider to be “residential roads”.

He said he “has long been concerned that the city has not been able to devote adequate resources to residential paving. Delaying these projects will lead to a build-up of projects and possibly poor road conditions that will require even more extensive repairs. Also consider that the city added several subdivisions in the 1980s and 90s and in some of these places the roads were never redone.

Aspacher noted that the residential paving program plan took into consideration a number of factors, including the pavement index (which identifies residential roads that are in the worst condition), traffic volume and proximity to roads. streets, which means piecing the different sections together. make an attractive paving project for contractors.

In addition to paving over 30 miles of track, the work will also include improvements to ADA ramps and curb replacement as needed, Aspacher said.

He also noted other projects that have been identified as possible future ARPA projects: Paving City Park Drive with a side use trail; the installation of all or part of a secondary path between the community center and Bowling Green High School and Cogan’s Crossing; and study the impact of modifying the downtown right-of-way to allow increased use of sidewalks outside of stores and restaurants.

If approved, paving work would take place in 2022, 2023 and 2024. Paving improvements that would be scheduled for 2022 included portions of West and East Reed Avenue, West Evers Avenue, Clough Street, Mitchell Road and Summit , Prospect and Enterprise. streets.

Also at the meeting, the board:

• An ordinance passed authorizing city administrator Lori Tretter to sign a contract with the Bowling Green Police Patrolman’s Association. According to a legislative document prepared for the council, on September 29, BGPPA members ratified a new three-year contract. Under the contract, the union and the city agreed to a salary increase of 2% in the first year, 2.5% in the second year and 3% in the third year. The ordinance received all three readings and was passed as an emergency measure, meaning it comes into effect immediately.

• Introduced an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement to administer the Housing Revolving Credit Fund. The legislative package document noted that the city’s current agreement with the Ohio Development Services agency for the administration of the fund expires at the end of the year. The legislation allows Aspacher to sign a new deal when it arrives this fall. “State officials say there should be no noticeable changes in the new agreement,” the document said. “It would be in effect for the calendar years 2022 to 2024.”

• I saw Aspacher swear Ryan Tackett as a lieutenant in the Bowling Green Police Division.

• I heard BGPD chief Tony Hetrick announce a new BGPD citizen outreach program. “It will be a dynamic and hands-on experience for those who attend,” said Hetrick. They are currently accepting applications for two sessions, which will be held on October 28 and November 4. Information is available on social media and on the city’s website.

• I learned from city administrator Lori Tretter that the sleight of hand in town will take place on October 31st at its traditional time, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• Finance Committee Chair Greg Robinette has learned that there will be three upcoming committee meetings: October 18 at 6:15 pm to receive a quarterly update on the city’s finances; November 8, to meet with the utilities office to discuss utilities budget items for 2022; and November 30 at 5 p.m. to receive the 2022 draft budget.

• Heard City Councilor Bill Herald discuss a proposed outline on how Council could discuss options for an audit program for rental property inspections. The rent inspection law is expected to pass third reading and be voted on at the October 18 council meeting.

“I don’t want us to have third reading and just trial and error trying to decide if we can put a structure in it,” he said.

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