City of Groveport getting a jump start on 2015 projects

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Groveport City Council approved the city’s 2015 budget and also heard first readings of legislation to get a fast start on several projects slated for 2015.

“This gets the ball rolling,” said Mayor Lance Westcamp. “In all my years as mayor, I haven’t experienced us getting through the budget process this fast and moving this quickly to get projects started as we have this year. The residents are going to see a lot of positive projects in 2015.”

Westcamp said the revenue generated from the city’s industrial parks helps make it possible for the city to tackle the projects.

“The success of the industrial parks and the commercial warehouses is a big factor in bringing money into the city, which enables us to do projects like these,” said Westcamp.

The city’s 2015 budget estimates $15.7 million in the city’s general fund for 2015, which is up from $13.2 million in 2014. Income tax revenue, generated primarily from the city’s industrial parks, is estimated to increase in 2015 by 7.5 percent over 2014.

On Nov. 10, council held first readings on legislation authorizing City Administrator Marsha Hall to solicit bids and enter into contracts to get things started for the following 2015 projects:

•The estimated $350,000 street maintenance project, which includes milling and filling, spot repair, and crack sealing of streets. Streets targeted in the next three years for this work include: streets in the  Elmont Place, Founders Bend, Newport, Westport and Hanstein Addition subdivisions as well as Canal Street, Cherry Street, College Street, Elm Street, Hendron Road north of State Route 317, and Walnut Street.

•The estimated $24,500 project to pave the Blacklick Park parking lot, the estimated $38,500 to pave the police station parking lot and the estimated $32,000 to pave the KidSpace parking lot.

•The estimated $90,000 project for the construction of an asphalt pedestrian walkway on the north side of Wirt Road from Heritage Park to College Street. (This is phase one of the Wirt Road walkway project. Phase II, which will be a conventional concrete sidewalk, on the south side of Wirt Road from Heritage Park to Main Street, is expected to be completed in 2016.)

In addition, council heard the first readings of legislation to authorize Hall to enter into lease agreements with Huntington Bank for the purchase of:

•two police cruisers for an estimated $111,125 and radio equipment for an estimated $16,125;

•a stake body truck for the public works department for an estimated $76,000; and

•and a seven deck, four wheel drive finishing mower for the public works department for an estimated $77,450.

More about the budget

A big ticket item provided for in the budget is $900,000 to be used for repairs to the roof over the indoor swimming pool at the Groveport Recreation Center. The funds for the repairs will come from the city’s $1.5 million rainy day fund.

Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon said corrosion and rust on the roof were first noted in 2011 and then monitored until this year when an inspection  revealed more damage to the metal roof, insulation and walls in the pool area.

“We’re going to do what we can to prevent further damage,” said Hall. “We’ve been told that the repairs can be made without closing the recreation center.”

Shannon said using the rainy day fund for the repairs to the roof is appropriate because the recreation center is “a great city asset.” He added, “We are in the process of considering all available remedies for the situation, including potential legal remedies.”

The recreation center was built in 2004.

Also in the budget is:

•$2.6 million in bond proceeds in the water capital fund for the construction of the city’s new water plant.

•$350,000 for the construction in 2015 of a golf maintenance building at the city-owned The Links at Groveport golf course.

•$113,000 for the engineering portion of the north Center Street reconstruction project. Reconstruction of the street is expected in 2016.

•$850,000 for the west Bixby Road pavement rehabilitation project from Madison Christian School to Hendron Road, of which $750,000 could be funded with an Ohio Public Works Commission grant; and $256,000 for the initial phase of the $2.1 million Hendron Road reconstruction project from Main Street to Cherry Blossom Drive, which is slated for 2015-16 and includes a new water main from Main Street to Glendening Drive, lowering the road, installing curbs and gutters, and a sidewalk on the east side of the road. An OPWC grant is also being sought for the Hendron Road project. OPWC is expected to announce its decision on funding by Dec. 12.

•$25,000 grant to Motts Military Museum.

•$50,000 for the Fourth of July celebration.

•$16,000 for Apple Butter Day.

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