Dover eyes street maintenance in budget review hearing

 

DOVER— City Manager Scott Koenig continued to outline the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 during the third night of the city’s budget review hearings.

The capital investment plans for the city was one of the main highlights of the meeting.

Mr. Koenig noted that $13,023,100 will be used this year for various projects within the city.

One of the more pressing issues is to rehabilitate the roads in the city.

“We need to spend a million dollars a year on our street network,” Mr. Koenig said. “It’s a growing network. The last two winters on the roads have been extremely hard, so our overall pavement conditions has deteriorated significantly.

“That number is one that the engineers look at closely and we’re hopeful that we get to the million dollars and grow that funding stream as time goes on.”

The program identifies maintenance costs for the 84.79 miles of streets and 15.24 miles of alleys as of June 30, 2010.

Replacements will include deteriorated curbs, gutters and sidewalks. It will also improve used, drainage and the appearance of the pavement sections as well.

Locations will be determined by the priority listing and by potential legislator contributions,” Mr. Koenig said.

The proposal included the replacement of the Smith & Loveless package pumping station, which was installed in 1978.

Mr. Koenig said it will cost $360,500 to replace the aged station.

“The station has exceeded its life expectancy of 20-25 years,” Mr. Koenig said. “It is in need of a capacity upgrade due to the increased growth in the basin, specifically the proposed development at the Maple Dale Country Club, which had provided a cash in lieu contribution for upgrading the station proportional to the amount of flow they will be contributing to the pump station.”

It will be a new station to prevent the need for costly non budgeted repairs to maintain operation.

It will also help prevent pump failure resulting in a sewage spill into waterways or a backup in a residence.

“Because of the age of the pump station, certain parts are no longer obtainable and replacement of equipment is costly,” Mr. Koenig said.

The special council meetings to review the budget will continue today at 6 p.m.

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