MOUNT VERNON — The extent of the city’s street resurfacing program will be left in limbo for a while, until the Ohio Department of Transportation provides the estimate of what the city’s share of the cost of paving U.S. 36 through town will be.
City Engineer Brian Ball told council Monday that last year, ODOT missed by a significant amount in their estimate of the cost of paving on state routes in the city. If this year’s bill is too high, Ball said they may have to alter the city’s paving plans. Right now they have about $200,000 allocated and he asked council to only give the paving plan a first reading, which they did.
The looming loss of tax revenue from Siemens did not directly affect the paving situation, but it cast a shadow over any measure on the budget which called for significant expenditures, even routine measures for replacing old vehicles and equipment.
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