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City plans $107K road project

The city of New Carlisle has planned a tentative $107,000 reconstruction project on Prentice Drive this summer, if it gets a grant for the project.

Last week, council members heard a request to approve engineering costs for the first phase of the project, which has a estimated cost of about $86,700 in possible Community Development Block Grant funds and a local match of about $12,600.

Engineering is estimated to be an additional $8,400 cost, according to the agreement, paid for from the city’s street fund, Service Director Howard Kitko said. Council members are expected to vote on the measure at their regular meeting next week.

The project includes new curb and gutters and driveway approaches up to the sidewalk for about 14 homes along the stretch, Kitko said.

Officials haven’t decided if the engineering costs will be paid from available street funds or new revenues from the city’s street levy passed last year, Kitko said. It might use the levy money for another project.

If approved next week, Choice One Engineering Corp. of Sidney, Ohio, would conduct the engineering portion for reconstruction of about 425 feet of Prentice Drive from Scott Street to the west, according to the agreement.

Other city streets are higher on the priority list, but Prentice Drive is the highest on the list that’s eligible for CDBG funding. The federal grant dollars are earmarked for work based on a neighborhood’s median income.

The city hasn’t received word yet if it will receive the grant funding.

Prentice Drive will likely be completed in four phases as grant funding becomes available, Kitko said. The first phase would last 30 to 60 days, if it’s awarded the grant.

In other business, council members approved 6-0 an initial $7,800 in local dollars to combine with a $3,500 state grant to move its EMS department to a digital patient care reporting system. It’s expected to save time, resources and money.

Medics write up an average of 1,200 EMS reports on paper annually that then need to be typed into a database and checked for quality by commanders. That costs the department $6,000 to $10,000 each year, New Carlisle Fire and EMS Division Administrator and Chief Tracy Young has said.

The system could save the city up to $4,000 each year after the initial cost.

Council members also approved its annual budget of nearly $5 million overall. If the estimates in the budget hold true throughout the year, the city could see a $7,500 carryover balance at the end of this year, down from $55,000 at the end of 2012.

The budget included nearly $1.5 million to its general fund, more than $1.4 million to its special revenues funds, nearly $197,000 to its debt service funds, more than $106,000 to its capital project funds and nearly $1.8 million to its enterprise funds.

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