AD: Iron Skillet Restaurant
AD: NB Dental
AD: Reineke Family Dealerships

Online only - - - offering news, sports, information and inspiration for North Baltimore and the SouthWood area of Wood County, Ohio, U.S.A. • updated DAILY • CONTACT: editor@TheNBXpress.com

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Fun

In which FALL activity are you most likely to participate?

Visit haunted houses
Visit apple orchard
Wander through a corn maze
Watch NB's Halloween Parade
Pick from a pumpkin patch
None of the above

View Poll Report


   
Renewal of the North Baltimore Street Resurfacing Levy –
Posting Date: 10/25/2014

Renewal of the North Baltimore Street Resurfacing Levy –

From North Baltimore Mayor C. Michael Julien

In May of 2005 the voters of the Village passed a 2 mil levy for the expressed purposes of reconstruction and resurfacing of our streets. This levy was renewed in 2010 and on November 4th a renewal of the 2 mil levy will once again be on the ballot. This is not an additional tax and will not increase the current taxes for any property in the Village.

With the sewer separation project having just been completed, many of the streets were dug up and are again in need of being repaved. Village Council is preparing a five year plan for repaving streets with priority being given to those streets that are most frequently used and/or are in greatest need of attention based on existing conditions. Other streets that were not disturbed during the sewer separation project in the community are in a deteriorating condition and in need of long term corrections as well.

Without renewal of the street levy, funds for the resurfacing/repaving of streets must be taken from the Village General Fund which is the money collected from the Village Income Tax and other revenue sources. With the current economic trends throughout the region, these revenues have not kept pace with material operating cost increases. Requests for grants and other income generating efforts to offset the financial shortfalls have been unfruitful. Spending controls have been implemented for departments utilizing General Fund revenues with the Street Department projected to experience significant shortfalls should the levy fail to be renewed. While pothole repairs and basic street maintenance will continue, funds are insufficient to allow any major street reconstruction projects to be undertaken. As a result, the Finance and Public Works Committees of Council met jointly to discuss the issue and concluded that it is imperative that the street levy be renewed, if street reconstruction projects are to move forward.

Village Council will continue to seek grants from County, State and Federal agencies and, with approval of the streets levy, will be in a position to use the funds collected from that levy to match any approved grant funds which in most cases will effectively double the investment made by our community. Even in the event that we receive no outside funding in a given year, with renewal of the levy, the Village would still be able to make continual progress towards the goal of repaving some street surfaces within the corporation limits every year.

The time has come for North Baltimore to brighten our landscape and erase the scars of the sewer separation efforts by using the revenues collected from the street levy to have the streets professionally reconstructed and crowned. Utilizing funds from the Storm Water utility, the Village will also be working to develop a plan to install curbs and gutters in those areas that are presently lacking those improvements. This effort will be less aggressive in implementation than proposed repaving projects but will be an on-going plan that will eventually improve property values overall.

A review as of the planned repaving projects identifying a list of streets we have prioritized for the upcoming five year period is listed on the village web site at www.northbaltimore.net. Below is a listing of several of the streets we have designated for reconstruction or resurfacing for next year:

2015 Street Improvements

North Main Street (100 & 200 blocks)

East Broadway

West Broadway

East Street

Not all streets have buried utilities beneath the road surface and we have identified and prioritized a number of streets in future schedules having urgent need of reconstruction. In addition, some of the streets are planned for resurfacing even though there are buried water and sewer lines under their surfaces. This is due to the current poor condition of the street surfaces and the delayed time frame for replacement of the utilities for that area.

What we will NOT use the street levy funds for include:

Paving any alleys

Private drives and lanes (except entrance aprons)

Pothole repairs and temporary patches from water digs

Tar and chip resurface coatings

Equipment maintenance and replacement

Wages and benefits for employees except while engaged in road

reconstruction or resurfacing projects as identified on the list

New streets and roads in potential or future developments

Any other unrelated purpose or need of the Public Works Department or any other department

In summary, our streets are in obvious need of reconstruction following the sewer project with the only viable funding source to meet this need being the renewal of the street resurfacing levy. The funds from this levy will be dedicated to the sole purpose of rebuilding the sub-base of the road bed as needed and paving with asphalt, or other equally durable surfacing processes for the streets of the Village of North Baltimore. We strongly urge you to consider the benefits of this major community improvement and invest in your community by saying YES to renewing the street levy this November 4th.

 

 
Name  
Email  
Opinion (2000 Characters)  
Publish My Opinion    
 
CAPTCHA Image
Reload Image
 
 
05/27/2014 - Sixth Grade Spelling Bee held at Powell
05/14/2014 - Free Public Tour Series Features Ohio’s Organic and Sustainable Farms
12/29/2013 - News from North Baltimore Gleaner Arbor #461
12/27/2013 - NBACC Christmas Home Decorating Contest 2013
12/19/2013 - Check this out: A music video about CSX NWO
12/19/2013 - Reprise - NB Superintendent, Marlene North Retiring
12/13/2013 - NB Legion Post #539 Officers for 2013 - 14
12/11/2013 - Over 100 trees planted on south side of NB
12/10/2013 - Hush the NOISE!
12/10/2013 - NB Village Council COW meets tonight
12/08/2013 - Village Council Special Meeting Nov. 19 - Minutes
12/08/2013 - Village Council Minutes - Nov. 19
12/08/2013 - NBPD Report to Village Council - Nov. 2013
12/06/2013 - Village Administrator Report to Council for Nov. 2013
12/06/2013 - Finance Officer Report to Council - Nov. 2013
12/06/2013 - NB Library Newsletter for December '13
12/05/2013 - NB Fire Report for Nov. 2013
12/03/2013 - CHINA LAUNCHES LUNAR ROVER
12/01/2013 - This page will be populated with stories that are older than 7 days
NBHS Alumni Association 
Sections 
Special Sections 
Websites 
 Keywords:
one or more words required
all words required
forced & ordered phrase
Multi forced & ordered phrase
words with exceptions
Help
 
 Issue date:
Date Format: dd-mm-yyyy


 

 

""""""""""
""""
TheNBXpress - Proud Member since 2010


Member The North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce