By DENISE GRANT
Findlay Council’s Appropriation Committee gave a first review Tuesday to the city’s $32 million capital budget for 2018.
The city is expected to contribute about $7.8 million for capital improvement projects this year, including about $2.9 million in projects and cash carried forward from previous years, plus $4.9 million from city income tax revenue.
In all, the city’s capital plan totals about $32 million this year, including grants, and state and federal dollars earmarked for specific projects.
Last year, the city’s capital plan totaled $33.6 million.
The city dedicated $10.5 million for capital projects last year, including about $4.4 million in projects and cash carried forward from previous years, plus $4.6 million from city income tax revenue. Council also transferred an additional $1.5 million into the plan.
Service Director Brian Thomas on Tuesday said Findlay administrators and City Council will review this year’s allocations at mid-year, and decide if more money should be dedicated to capital improvements.
The proposal will be presented to Findlay Council at Tuesday’s regular meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. in council chambers on the first floor of the municipal building, 318 Dorney Plaza.
A total of $1.2 million would be spent on street resurfacing this year, and $500,000 would be dedicated to other street repairs.
Three city intersections would be upgraded at a cost of about $125,000 each, including: North Main and Front streets; South Main and Hardin streets; and North Main and Center streets.
The plan also calls for the replacement of several waterlines in the city at a cost of nearly $1 million.
A total of $400,000 would be spent to upgrade old city sewers with new plastic liners, to maintain structural integrity and flow capacity. Another $150,000 would be spent on inspecting city sewers with cameras.
Some other notable projects this year include outfitting the Cube, 3430 N. Main St., as a secondary disaster recovery site. The building will be wired for communications and may need heating and cooling work. An allocation of $10,000 is being proposed for the work.
The municipal building is the primary disaster recovery site.
A total of $600,000 would also be spent to correct safety issues at The Cube.
The installation of exhaust systems at two Findlay fire stations at a cost of about $96,000 is also included in the budget.
The tennis courts at Riverside Park will be rehabilitated and converted into pickleball courts at a cost of $50,000 under the budget.
The entire capital improvement plan is available on the City of Findlay website at www.findlayohio.com.