Cortland, ODOT to resurface routes; city to construct pump

By Shelby Schroeder

CORTLAND — City council members began the new year by passing a round of ordinances Monday to improve infrastructure.

Cortland will move forward on road resurfacing, well-field improvements and sidewalk enhancements.

During its first meeting of 2009, council passed legislation marking the city’s cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation to resurface about 7.95 miles of state Routes 5 and 88. Those routes fall within the city limits and are part of a $1.6 million regional resurfacing effort by the state.

Don Wittman, city service director, said the project will cost the city about $28,116 and will be paid out of the general fund.

Another project getting a go-ahead by council will bring additional water from a well field near the intersection of Bradley Brownlee Road and state Route 5. Wittman said the city has already conducted water-safety testing at the recently dug well and will proceed with the construction of a new pump and pipeline at the site.

The city will hire Youngstown-based MS Consultants to design the pump site, which has a budget estimate of $300,000. That price tag will be covered by the city’s water fund.

Council also agreed to contract with MS Consultants for a pedestrian enhancement along North Mecca Street.

New sidewalks will be constructed along the street, spanning nearly half a mile between West Main Street and near Sunset Drive. The sidewalk replacement will be funded through a federal Transportation Enhancement Activities fund, requiring the city to pay only 20 percent of the projected $275,000 construction cost.

All of these projects have anticipated completion dates in 2009.

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