The paving of 20 city streets and installation of 17 curb ramps meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards were approved by Marietta City Council Thursday, making way for the city's 2012 asphalt paving program.
"The project total is $536,648, which includes $73,400 in local funds, $66,130 from CDBG (Community Development Block Grant), and $397,118 from the Ohio Public Works Commission," said Councilman Denver Abicht, D-at large, and chairman of the streets and transportation committee.
Councilman Michael Mullen, I-at large, noted the lion's share of the funding would come from OPWC.
"This grant has helped stretch our paving budget this year by approximately 75 percent," he said.
Abicht added that three of the streets scheduled for paving this year-Ray, Jackson, and Dean streets-are in extremely poor condition.
Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, also pointed out that the CDBG portion of the funding is being used to help fund the ADA curb ramps.
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Marietta City Council's lands, buildings and parks committee is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor conference room at 304 Putnam St.
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The paving program is expected to begin in July and be completed by mid-October of this year.
The measure passed on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, casting the dissenting vote as only one street in his ward was slated for paving during the 2012 program.
McCauley noted the 2nd Ward has several brick streets that are in need of repair.
In other business Thursday, council members approved $68,888 to purchase two SUV cruisers for the police department from Statewide Ford, Lincoln and Mercury in Vanwert, Ohio.
Council also approved a $4,885 change order to the contract with Double E Electric Construction for finishing materials required for the Harmar boaters access docks being constructed on the west side of the Muskingum River below Fort Street.
Mullen noted that the change order would still bring the project cost in below the $200,000 grant the city was awarded to build the day-use docks by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.