Res­i­dent side­walk re­pair pro­gram con­tin­ues

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jor­dana Joy [email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_Jor­danaJoy on Twit­ter

Plan­ning for fur­ther side­walk re­pair and re­place­ment for the com­ing year in the city of Amherst is be­ing laid out.

A res­o­lu­tion that would au­tho­rize a con­tract for the re­pairs was passed for fur­ther re­view dur­ing a Jan. 7 City Coun­cil meet­ing.

This year’s project is not to ex­ceed $300,000, ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion.

So far, Mayor Mark Cos­tilow and safety ser­vice di­rec­tor John Jef­freys have agreed with the build­ing depart­ment that side­walks on Ten­ney Av­enue, West Street, Wood­hill Drive, Church Street, Cleve­land Av­enue, Cross Av­enue, East Street, Elyria Av­enue, Franklin Street, Hazel Street, Jack­son Street, Maple Av­enue, Mid­dle Street, Park Av­enue, Pearl Street, Shupe Street and Spring Street should be in­cluded in the pro­gram.

“Coun­cil started this process last year for round num­ber one,” Cos­tilow said dur­ing the meet­ing, adding that the project will last be­tween four and five years. “Coun­cil tweaked it quite a bit and changed some or­di­nances to make it a bet­ter process.”

A let­ter sent to Cos­tilow and Jef­freys from build­ing in­spec­tor David Macart­ney said the side­walk pro­gram en­com­passed 44,511 square feet of side­walk in 2018, not in­clud­ing 61 curb ramps that also were re­placed.

“It’s a lit­tle less of a pro­gram than last year, but it’s more spread out,” said Cos­tilow. “We’ve tried to make it as con­ve­nient for peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

This year, Cos­tilow said the city is plan­ning to put a time con­straint on each por­tion of side­walk be­tween the be­gin­ning of con­struc­tion and when the prop­erty owner’s yard is re­stored.

“We’ll get in and out of the neigh­bor­hood quicker,” he said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the city will not do side­walk con­struc­tion and road re­pair at the same time in 2019.

Cos­tilow said since North Main Street will have some re­pairs done in the com­ing year, its side­walks will be re­paired later in the pro­gram.

Coun­cil­man Chuck Winiarski ap­plauded the city’s ef­forts con­cern­ing the pro­gram.

“It was quite the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence last year,” Winiarski said. “It was a lot of work, and I give the ad­min­is­tra­tion and build­ing depart­ment and the res­i­dents who were im­pacted by this a ton of credit.”

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