A consulting firm and the city’s engineer have produced a wish list of street repair projects for next year. The public weighed in on the subject through a survey last week.
Now it’s the City Council’s turn to add its two cents – or, specifically, $850,000 – on the question of which city streets should be chosen for a variety of repair projects that, together, can’t exceed that budget limit.
It’s a new approach to crafting annual street repair plans, City Manager Tony Carson told the council Monday night.
“There was very little input from (council members) last year,” he said. “We just told the City Council what we planned” with a budget of $1.8 million. The four main projects completed or finishing this fall cost $1.5 million, the council was told.
Next fiscal year, beginning May 1, street repairs will be limited to the $850,000 in state-provided motor fuel tax revenue the city will receive, said City Engineer Mike Guerra. The menu of about 40 projects identified with help from Midwest Engineering consultants, however, come with a total $11.5 million price tag, he said.
Guerra said city planners decided that imbalance called for more direction from the council and the public. The latter came from an open meeting event last week, followed by a three-day survey available on the city’s website.
“Tonight is the next step,” Guerra said. “We’re requesting City Council input” on the survey’s results and “which projects and type of (road) maintenance you’d like to see.”
“Basically, it’s like a puzzle” to select one or two projects with high price tags or a larger number with smaller costs, Carson said.
“Hopefully, we’ll find a common street or two” with council members’ suggestions to focus on next year, he said.
The public survey produced 150 responses, and a generally consistent theme, Guerra said.
“Pretty much, the lead horse in the race was Sheridan Road.”
Two stretches of that main east-west artery through the city’s north side are in need of mill and overlay, the most expensive repair work short of reconstruction, Guerra said. They were among 16 such projects identified by Midwest Engineering.
One stretch, from 14th Street to Parkway Lane, would cost about $670,000. The other, from Illinois Route 29 to 14th, would require about $490,000.
Guerra asked the council to offer its suggestions at its next meeting on Nov. 27. That will give planners time to assess all suggestions and produce a project plan for council approval in January, he said.
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Pekin Council to weigh in on street projects
Nov 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM