You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

$390,000 spent locally on downtown sidewalks

Springfield leaders say work shows responsibility and pride.

Downtown property owners spent approximately $391,000 to make repairs to sidewalks, curbs and gutters this year.

The city planned to spend approximately $633,000 on fixing sidewalks, work that then is billed to the property or business owners.

Because owners had their own work done, city commissioners Tuesday night reduced the amount the city will spend to $242,000 for the 2013 Downtown Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter program.

“I appreciate all the property owners downtown taking responsibility,” said Commissioner Joyce Chilton.

City Engineer Leo Shanayda said letters were sent to property owners in the downtown last year to announce the project, which fixed every sidewalk in the area, ranging from North to High streets and Spring to Yellow Springs streets. The project also added handicap compliant ramps at the intersections, placed brick pavers in the core block and made improvements to alley approaches.

Owners had until June 1 to be under contract for the repairs, or the city would fix the sidewalks and bill the property owners. The city’s contractor began in May and completed the project last week.

Mayor Warren Copeland said the property owners save money by doing the work themselves. The city also saves time and energy by not having to collect money for the repairs.

“It’s great to see the number of folks who have just done it instead of going through the other process,” Copeland said. “It’s good news for everybody.”

Copeland said collecting the fees can become troublesome because some of the property owners live out of state.

The downtown sidewalk repairs will be completed in the next few weeks, but contractors are still working on the Fountain Avenue streetscape project. The work is being completed between the bridge and Main Street, which will include new sidewalks, streetlights and brick pavers. One section between Columbia and Main will also be converted into two-way traffic. The work is expected to be completed by Nov. 15, according to Shanayda.

“It’s a mess in the meantime, but I think it’s going to be great when it’s done,” Copeland said.

They’re also working on the area in front of the old PNC bank building, Shanayda said. There are also other sidewalk areas which are under contract and expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Shanayda said the sidewalk improvements will spruce up the area, make it easier for pedestrians traveling downtown and enhance economic development opportunities.

“We’re getting more and more people walking in the downtown area,” Shanayda said. “It just goes to show the amount of people that did the work themselves that they care about their properties.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Trump doesn't hold Ramadan dinner, breaking White House tradition
Trump doesn't hold Ramadan dinner, breaking White House tradition

President Donald Trump did not hold a White House dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, breaking an annual tradition dating back to President Bill Clinton's administration. CNN reported that Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama held yearly iftar dinners celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Additionally, President Thomas Jefferson...
Student of the Week Emmanuel Christian Academy
Student of the Week Emmanuel Christian Academy

Name: Mitchell Toth School: Emmanuel Christian Academy Grade: 12 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: Track & Field, Weightlifting, Competitive Rubik’s Cube Speedsolving Claim to fame/honors: Honors student, member of National Honor Society, won first place in the Clark County American Math Competition (AMC 12), scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT...
Is rural America the new inner city?

I’m sure you saw the big demographic news in our region recently, but in case you missed it: the population of the city of Dayton appears to have stabilized. After over a half-century of decline, Dayton is no longer losing people. This is huge for the city, and if the trend holds Dayton will join a number of other older industrial cities which...
Athlete of the Week Emmanuel Christian Academy
Athlete of the Week Emmanuel Christian Academy

Name: Annalee Lynn School: Emmanuel Christian Academy Grade: 12 Age: 17 Sports: Cross Country, Track and Field Claim to fame/honors: Team captain in track and cross country, cross country all county and first team all conference Words you live by: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things...
Grieving father buries wrong man after coroner error 
Grieving father buries wrong man after coroner error 

A California dad got a call on May 6 that no parent ever wants to receive: it was news that his son had passed away. The problem is that just wasn’t the case. Frank Kerrigan, 82, got a phone call that day from the Orange County coroner saying that his 57-year-old son, also named Frank, had died next to a Verizon store in Fountain Valley. Kerrigan ...
More Stories