Medina looks ahead to road construction season

MedinaCityHallAlthough snowbanks are rimming Medina’s streets, the City Council is looking ahead to road construction season.

Public Works Director Steve Scherer on Tuesday, March 4, presented feasibility reports for two road improvement projects — one for Chippewa Road West and the other for six streets in the Tuckborough and Hunter Farms Addition. The council accepted both reports and called for public hearings for both projects that will take place at the April 1 City Council meeting. Residents will have opportunities to learn about and comment on proposed improvements and the proposed schedule of special assessments that would pay for a portion of the improvements.

CHIPPEWA ROAD WEST

Scherer said that improvements to Chippewa Road West “have been on the back burner for a long time.” He was looking forward to taking care of them this year.

The city installed an aggregate base on the road in 1992 and oiled the surface to keep dust down until further development occurred, Scherer said. Medina footed the entire bill and planned to assess owners of benefiting properties for costs, when the time came for paving the road. For the past few years, public works crews have been patching holes and protecting the aggregate base. Meanwhile, traffic has increased and motorists have asked the city to improve the surface.

Proposed improvements would extend from Pioneer Trail to County Road 19. Estimated cost for reclaiming and paving the eastern portion is $252,965. Medina would share costs with Loretto for a mill and overlay of the western end, with each city paying $32,258. According to the Medina’s special assessment policy, owners of benefiting properties would pay 20 to 22 percent of project costs, and the city would pay for the rest, because Chippewa Road is a collector street.

The project schedule calls for construction to begin in May and end in October. Scherer hoped the improvements would provide a 15-year fix for Chippewa Road West.

TUCKBORUGH AND HUNTER FARMS

Scherer recommended mill and overlay work for six streets in the Tuckborough and Hunter Farms — Navajo Road West, Carriage Drive, Bridal Path Trail, Cabaline Trail, Capriole Drive and Trappers Trail. In 2007 Medina earmarked these streets for an overlay and decided instead to extend street life for five years by patching and seal coating. Medina began culvert replacement for these streets last year.

Estimated cost for the mill, overlay and shoulder work is $282,694. Benefiting property owners would be specially assessed for 50 percent of project costs, because the streets involved are residential streets. Construction would begin in May and end in October.

Scherer estimated that the mill and overlay would provide a 10-year fix for these streets.

STATE AID STREETS

City Planner Dusty Finke proposed revisions to Medina’s routes for Municipal State Aid streets. Councilors directed Finke to seek state approval for the changes.

Finke recommended removing three streets from the system, including Tomahawk Trail, Chippewa Road west of Pioneer Trail and County Road 109 between Pioneer Trail and County Road 109.

He also recommended adding five streets, including Hunter Drive and Brockton Lane between Medina Road and Hamel Road. Other additions would be Medina Road between Hunter Drive and Brockton Lane, Hamel Road between Brockton Lane and Tower Drive, and Clydesdale Trail between County Roads 101 and 116.

Finke explained that Medina qualified for Municipal State Aid for streets when the city’s population went over the 5,000 mark in 2010. Medina can designate up to 20 percent of its local streets as MSA routes, thus making them eligible for state funding of improvement and maintenance costs.

City Engineer Tom Kellogg said that, because new subdivisions are being built in Medina, the city has more mileage devoted to streets. The 20 percent figure is larger now, so more streets can be designated as state aid streets. He expected that Brockton Lane would become a significant roadway because of the density of housing being built on both sides of the street in Medina and Plymouth.

OTHER

The City Council also:

DIRECTED city staff to do research on a policy for deferring sewer access charges for up to 10 years for businesses considering expansion in Medina or moving to the city. Mayor Elizabeth Weir said it would be good for the city to have more commercial establishments and deferment of SAC payments would provide an incentive.

ACCEPTED the resignation of Paul Jaeb from the Park Commission and appointed Lori Meehan to complete his term, which ends Dec. 31.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

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