MAYOR’S MESSAGE – 03.21.17

2017 Capital Improvement Fund Expenditures
by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough

Mayor Craig Stough
Mayor Craig Stough






Microsurfacing paver in operation.

The days are getting longer and the temperatures will soon be getting warmer. That means the 2017 construction season is upon us. The city of Sylvania has several capital improvement projects planned for 2017. Some are being financed in part by State of Ohio grant funds. All will be publicly bid or utilize State of Ohio prebid term prices to take advantage of the competitive prices available. No tax increases or property owner assessments will be made. All of these projects will improve Sylvania and help keep our community one of the best places to live and work in northwest Ohio.

Residential Street Microsurfacing-Sylvania will continue its microsurfacing improvements utilizing the Ohio Department of Transportation Cooperative Program to provide pavement rehabilitation on approximately 3.97 miles of residential streets with a budget of $197,640.39. Microsurfacing consists of applying a polymer-modified asphalt emulsion based resurfacing material to the existing pavement surface. This application will provide a hard wearing surface on structurally sound pavements with the primary goal of extending pavement life by covering cracks, stopping unraveling, reducing water infiltration and oxidation deterioration. The following roadways have been field reviewed and found to be suitable for this application in 2017: Abbey Run, Addington Lane, Brookline Road, Callaway Green, Charlesgate Road, Coppersmith Road, Cornwall Court, Denbridge Drive, Fifth Avenue, Framingham Drive, Kingsbridge Drive, Longfellow Road, Margate Boulevard, McCord Road, Newcastle Drive, Rodeo Drive, Stonehenge Drive, Victoria Court, Wedgewood Drive, Wickford Drive (East & West), Woodhall Drive, Worth Avenue.

Another $127,000.00 in street improvements are budgeted around the city, together with $100,000.00 in Monroe Street corridor improvements.

The largest capital improvement project for 2017 is the River Trail Phase II construction. Under planning and design for several years, the project is now ready to proceed with bidding and construction later this year and finishing up in 2018. The River Trail will be extended east from Harroun Road, through the Flower Hospital Campus, under US 23 using the existing highway bridges, and up to Monroe Street adjacent to the recently reopened Burger King restaurant. Cost is estimated at $2,300,000.00, with more than 70% funded with grant money, including $400,000.00 from Flower Hospital.

The city is also participating in completing the Sylvania-Metamora Multi-Use Trail in conjunction with Lucas county and The Olander Park System in the amount of $35,000.00.

Two major studies are being funded this year. First a Monroe Street/US 23 Feasibility Study for future improvements at a cost of $300,000.00. Also, an inspection and study of large sanitary sewer pipe serving the city, some 50 years old, at a cost of $197,750.00.

Capital funds are also being used to update or replace city equipment and facilities. Among them is a new dump truck, a one-ton truck, a salt conveyor, fuel dispensers and two police vehicles. A traffic signal inventory is being conducted this year. Also this year, HVAC systems are being updated at city hall and the parks building.