Council considers ARPA funds for streets


BROOKVILLE — Council asked city manager Sonja Keaton to provide the estimated cost to repave two streets and replace curbing on those streets.

The streets selected by council are Maple and Mound streets.

Council made the request after Keaton suggested the city use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the project.

“We had previously discussed using the remainder of our ARPA funds, which totals $152,869, for street resurfacing,” Keaton said.

Keaton said city staff ranked six streets throughout the city for consideration by council.

Keaton noted the six streets were chosen from a 2020 assessment that was conducted when the city attempted to pass a levy for the resurfacing project.

“I also added a number of curbs to be replaced if council is interested in having those replaced prior to the resurfacing of the street,” Keaton said.

Vice mayor James Zimmerlin indicated he favored choosing different neighborhoods for the project.

“If you do Maple and Mound or Brookside (Drive), you are getting two separate neighborhoods,”Zimmerlin said.

Councilmember J.D. Fowler also favored doing the two streets instead of just one.

“I like the idea of doing a couple of streets instead of putting it into one street like Albert (Road),” Fowler said.

Councilmember Curt Schreier noted the cost would be substantial to resurface Maple Street, install 15 curbs and remove several trees that will prevent future damage to the curbs and sidewalk.

Keaton replied the city would assess the Maple Street property owners who received the curbs in order to recoup the cost of the project.

“We would have to approve a resolution of necessity, include it in our 2024 budget and then we assess the property owners,” Keaton said.

Keaton said if the property owners don’t immediately pay for the curbs when they are installed, the city can have the cost assessed to the residents’ property taxes for five years.

“You eventually get all the money for the curb installation back,” Keaton said.

Zimmerlin said many residents on Maple will see improvement after the work is completed.

“They’ve had a bumpy ride for a while because of the water line being replaced in 2016,” Keaton noted.

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