|Subdivisions Getting Sidewalks in 2014|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00|
People living in two subdivisions with a few undeveloped lots remaining could find it easier to walk through their neighborhoods later next year.
City Council last week agreed verbally to a city administration proposal to next year begin filling in sidewalks at yet to be developed lots in Curry Branch and Sycamore Woods.
Brad Vath, assistant city manager, told council the city code requires sidewalks in a development to be constructed within two years of the initiation of home building in a subdivision.
The city over the years has allowed developers to post a surety bond or some form of funding source for uncompleted sidewalks. The sidewalks are done during the lot development
Lots remain undeveloped in several subdivisions, some which were started more than 10 years ago.
The city from time to time receives complaints from residents about not being able to use a sidewalk throughout their neighborhoods while walking, Vath said. The most complaints are received from Sycamore Woods.
The fill in sidewalks could be addressed as part of the annual curb, gutter and sidewalk program.
The oldest subdivision discussed with council was Sycamore Woods, which was started in 1997. The city has a cash surety that should cover that work, Vath said.
The other subdivision in the program will be Curry Branch, where construction began in 2003. Because the Curry Branch developer submitted a letter of credit, the city law director will be asked to help work out details on using the money for sidewalk.
Other subdivisions where sidewalks are not complete include Hunter’s Ridge, Bowman Woods and Rosewood Creek.
“If you don’t want to wrestle with it, we can keep the surety and when they fill in, they fill in,” Vath said.
Work on the projects should begin next spring.
Another infrastructure related project outlined briefly for council Nov. 18 by John Green, city finance director, involved the debt on the north-east interceptor sewer built in 1993 along Donn Davis Way.
The city paid for the project using a $597,000 loan with 0 percent interest from the then Ohio Water and Sewer Rotary Commission.
The loan payback was to come from property tax assessments on properties improved by the sewer installation when the property was hooked into the sewer or properties along the way in an agricultural district were removed from the district for development.
The loan was to be paid in June 2004 but the loan program was revised in 1998 and the loan extended to 20 years or June 2014.
“The 20 years is up and we have had limited development,” Green said. The loan balance of $397,680 is due in June.
Green said the city’s bond lawyers said the city can issues notes for up to nine years to repay the loan. During those nine years, more development could occur along the road or the city will pay on the borrowed money each year from its sewer fund. The interest rate on the notes, if approved by council, would be 1 percent.
The city would be repaid eventually for the sewer line as properties are developed whether that is in 10 years, 20 years or further down the road, Green said.
Council will be asked to consider the notes at its Dec. 2 meeting.