Big projects set in Groveport

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The city of Groveport’s 2024 budget includes several significant capital improvement projects.

These include:

•$600,000 for street maintenance.

“This year’s street maintenance program will consist of doing portions/sections of multiple streets,” said Groveport City Administrator B. J. King.

The following streets will have sections repaved: Golden Grove Court, Felicity Court, Scout Court, Bixford Avenue, Peach Canyon, Landmark Road, Tallman Street, Private Alley (Blacklick Street to Buckeye Alley), and Maple Street (from Private Alley to Walnut Street – this will also include replacement of the deteriorated storm drainage pipes).

“The sections of these roads have been chosen due to deteriorated pavement conditions,” said King. “We anticipate having the program advertised for bids by the end of February. We are currently working with our engineering consultant to design the plans and prepare bid documents.”

•$1 million for pickleball courts. Currently there are six pickleball courts sharing space with three tennis courts in Degenhart Park. The courts in Degenhart Park will remain as combination tennis and pickleball courts. King noted there is a growing demand for pickleball courts as the sport gains popularity. He said the new pickleball courts would be for pickleball only and would be located in the southeast part of Groveport Park near the baseball field.

•The 2024 budget also includes $500,000 for “improvements” to KidSpace (a 3,100 square foot building located at 630 Wirt Road) and $920,000 for public parking lot reconstruction and design.

“As for KidSpace and the parking lot reconfiguration, no determination has been made yet. We are still working on the best option for both,” said King.

Other projects for 2024 include:

•$30,000 for sidewalk replacements;

•$55,000 for street maintenance and stormwater:

•$110,000 for Groveport Park pedestrian path maintenance;

•$750,000 recreation center HVAC replacement;

•$250,000 for golf carts;

•$200,000 for Maple Street improvements;

•$132,000 for Port Road reconstruction, Phase 2;

•$189,900 for new police communication radios;

•$20,000 for Wirt Road and Main Street study improvements; and

•$278,000 Elmont Place sewer force main Phase 3A.

Budget overview
Total estimated appropriations for 2024 are $53.3 million, which is up from $47.5 million in 2023

Total estimated generated revenues for 2024 are $37.3 million, which is up from $34 million in 2023.

The general fund revenue for 2024 is estimated at $18.6 million, which is up from $17.7 million in 2023. The bulk of this funding comes from income tax revenue, which is projected to be $16.5 million in 2024 compared to $15.7 million in 2023.

Other estimated 2024 revenues include $574,313 from property taxes and various other amounts in other city fund categories that include grants, taxes, leases, fees, and permits.

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