Mentor – City council spent most of its April 4 meeting approving $7.5 million in 6-month bond notes to finance six 2017 public works projects, part of which is $1.85 million for the start of much-needed road repairs in the Mentor Headlands.
The reconstruction of Marigold Road will be the first phase of a comprehensive $3 plus million road rehabilitation program to be done in the next few years in the lakeside neighborhood. The work includes sanitary and drainage line improvements, City Manager Ken Filipiak said.
Fourth Ward Councilman John Krueger, who represents the Mentor Headlands, was glad to hear work will be done.
“Those roads are in such bad shape there, so I'm glad we're getting the first street going and, hopefully, we'll get the others going as soon as we get the financing or money is available,” the councilman said. In reply, Filipiak asked Headlands residents to be patient as the city public works department does what to can to make the poor streets usable. In the meantime, he said the city will continue to look for grants and funding sources its needs to upgrade other Headlands neighborhood streets, most of which are west of Corduroy Road.
“The rehabilitation of those (streets) over time could be as much as a $20 million investment and we simply can't do that in any short period of time,” Filipiak said.
Most of the asphalt streets in question run north and south, and were originally constructed during the 1950s and 1960s. They were resurfaced in the 1970s, but now need major reconstruction because their base has become badly deteriorated, he explained.
Poor drainage and sanitary sewers also have become issues that need to be included in the project financing, Filipiak added.
Other projects for which notes were sold April 11 included:
•Up to $550,000 to reconstruct storm sewers and improve drainage along Murray Avenue, which is located south of Mentor Avenue. The work will be completed by this summer, Filipiak said.
• About $1.2 million to pay for the first phase of the installation of new, but old fashion looking street light poles, arms and LED lights in the Old Village area at the intersection of Mentor Avenue and Center Street (State Routes 20 and 615).
• Not to exceed $700,000 to help pay for the construction of the Plaza Boulevard Extension. The project will connect Plaza Boulevard north of Mentor Avenue with the intersection of Clover and St. Clair avenues. This will allow traffic to move between Mentor Avenue and Tyler Boulevard over separate railroad tracks owned by CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads.
• Road paving, the installation of crossing lights and gates, and other work is expected to be completed and the road opened by mid-September or mid-October from Mentor Avenue to Tyler Boulevard, Filipiak said.
• About $2.5 million to acquire Springbrook Gardens, a former 53-acres nursery on Heisley Road.
• Formerly owned by Jack Schultz, Springbrook Gardens was purchased by the city last year after Schultz's specified the land was to be preserved as green space rather than used for residential development.
•The former nursery, which once grew hundreds of roses, is to become Springbrook Park, mainly nature conservancy park with some recreational facilities. Work on the park is expected to be phased in over several years.