By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport is gearing up for its annual street maintenance program.
The city’s 2022 budget includes $300,000 for the program plus $75,000 for drainage improvements.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said the program includes crack sealing several streets as well as repaving Briar Grove Drive. There are also improvements planned for Hickory Alley west of College Street and Hickory Alley east of Brook Alley.
In another street matter, King said the city’s Public Works Department employees built their own set of brine spreading equipment, rather than purchase it, to spread brine on the streets to combat winter’s ice and snow. He said it cost $1,000 for parts to build the equipment, which is a savings on what it would have cost the city to purchase the equipment.
“They had the skills to do it,” said King.
Mayor and Groveport City Council also praised the Public Works employees for their efforts in plowing the snow during the recent four inch snowfall as well as their work in repairing two significant water breaks on Tallman Street and Shagbark Place right before the recent snowstorm hit.
The city’s income tax revenue year end as of Dec. 31 was $18.4 million, which is 17 percent higher than the same time in 2020, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr. Income tax revenues comprised 59 percent of all city total revenues. Carr also noted the city’s general fund balance as of Dec. 31 was $1.9 million higher compared to the same time last year.
“Being conservative (in our budgeting) has paid off with a strong general fund balance,” said Carr.
•Council is considering entering into a master lease agreement with Huntington Bank for the purchase of two unmarked police vehicles and two vehicle video systems for the Groveport Police, as well as two buses for the city’s transportation department.
•According to Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams, the Elmont Place subdivision’s homeowner association is working with the Groveport Police to see how the neighborhood can obtain outdoor video security cameras due to some past crime problems in the area that included shooting incidents and the thefts of vehicles’ catalytic converters.
Councilman Scott Lockett also asked administrative officials to also explore obtaining outdoor video security cameras to be mounted in strategic places along Main Street.
•Resident James Chilton asked city officials to review the traffic situation at Main and Front streets where he said parked cars make the street “really tight and kind of scary,” especially on left hand turns.