Sheffield Lake is taking steps to secure the final piece of funding for a $1.61 million overhaul of Irving Park Boulevard, a busy north-south residential street just west of Abbe Road. In addition to a new water main, the street will be completely repaved.
City Council voted 7-0 last Tuesday to authorize Mayor Dennis Bring to pursue a $500,000 loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority.
Service Superintendent Pat Hastings said in a recent email to West Life that he was optimistic the project would be underway by late summer, which Bring confirmed during a phone interview last week.
The project was originally slated to begin in spring but was put on hold by the state as revenue plummeted in the spring with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bring said the city was informed about a month ago that the project was back on track. The Ohio legislature passed a bill to fund a number of infrastructure projects around the state, of which the Irving Park project was one.
The bill was sent July 2 to Gov. Mike DeWine who signed it last Tuesday. State Sen. Nathan Manning said he expected the governor to sign the legislation. However, the bill would have become law without the governor's signature, Manning said.
Meanwhile, Bring said Hastings has spent the past month scrambling to work with the apparent successful bidder of the project while simultaneously working with the water authority on a loan application, which it was likely to approve.
The city had previously won a grant for $325,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission, secured a loan from the commission for $$525,000 and agreed to put $181,405 of its funds into the project. With the loan from the water authority, the city will have $1,608,359 to do the project.
Bring said he appreciates all the hard work Hastings did on the project. “More than anything, I'm happy residents are getting a new water line and road,” he said.
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