Staff Writer

Improvements to the Findlay Municipal Building and city parks, waterline replacements, and $1.25 million in street resurfacing are all part of a big proposed capital budget for Findlay this year.

Findlay City Council members met as an informal committee-of-the-whole Thursday to review a proposed $33.9 million capital budget for 2019.

The city is expected to contribute about $5.7 million for capital improvement projects this year, including about $785,993 in projects and cash carried forward from previous years, plus $4.9 million from city income tax revenue.

A majority of the capital money would come from grants, and state and federal dollars earmarked for specific projects.

Last year, the proposed spending plan totaled about $32 million. Final numbers for 2018 are not yet available.

As proposed, Service Director Brian Thomas said, an additional $1.5 million from the city’s general fund will be needed to cover the long list of projects. If not, Thomas said the plan will have to be pared down.

On Thursday, City Council asked Thomas to separate projects that would benefit from early bidding from the rest of the proposal. That gives council time to review the rest of the proposal and wait for final numbers from last year.

In the past, council has agreed to spend down the city’s year-end cash balance in favor of more capital improvement spending. Council agreed to transfer $1.5 million from the city’s general fund to capital improvements in 2013, 2015 and 2016. A total of $1 million was added in 2017.

Findlay is expected to close the books on 2018 with a $10.7 million cash balance. No additional transfer was made last year.

Some of the more notable projects included in the proposal for this year include $300,000 to replace the roof of the Findlay Municipal Building, 318 Dorney Plaza, and another $40,000 for window replacement.

Buildings at the city’s water treatment plant are also due for new roofs, with $125,000 budgeted for the project this year. A total of $635,000 is budgeted for the roofs over four years.

A total of $200,000 has been budgeted to begin repairs to the parking lot at Emory Adams Park, 1827 S. Blanchard St., with an additional $200,000 budgeted next year.

The parking lot at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., is also scheduled for improvements, with $115,000 in the budget this year, and a total of $415,000 budgeted over three years.

Findlay’s skate park at 526 Hancock St. could see about $60,000 in improvements this year and next.

Marathon Diamonds, 3430 N. Main St., could be outfitted with safety nets for about $75,000.

Runway repairs at the Findlay Airport would cost about $211,000.

Planning and design for a new raw waterline to the city is expected to cost about $250,000.

Waterline replacements are budgeted for South Blanchard Street at a cost of $1 million, and East Bigelow Avenue at a cost of $275,000. Howard Street would also get a new waterline at a cost of $750,000.

The city is expected to spend about $150,000 to scope sewers to determine their condition this year. That’s part of a five-year project that will cost about $750,000 to complete.

The budget also includes $400,000 a year for five years to line sewers and manholes.

A proposed sewer replacement on Madison and Monroe avenues would cost about $200,000. A sewer replacement on Blanchard Street would cost $300,000. Davis Street is scheduled for sewer repairs at an estimated cost of $25,000 and a drainage project at Cimarron Court would cost about $200,000.

A sanitary sewer project along West Main Cross Street would cost about $175,000.

Street maintenance is expected to cost $550,000, with an additional $1.2 million for street resurfacing and curb repairs.

A total of $200,000 would be spent to establish a paved bike path between River Street and Broad Avenue. Another $200,000 would be spent to design the extension of the Blanchard River Greenway to Riverbend Recreation Area.

Engineering for the resurfacing of Hancock County 236, planned for 2020, is also budgeted, at a cost of $75,000.

Findlay’s share of the resurfacing project is expected to be $1.2 million, which is 20 percent of the cost. Federal funds will pay the balance. The road will be resurfaced from Ohio 568 to U.S. 224.

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