There are several city street and parking lot projects that may be included in next year’s budget.
Union Public Works Director Harold Lampkin said there typically is $400,000 budgeted for overlay work. He said that bids may be sought in July.
Included in this year’s overlay projects are four city parking lots, including the city hall lot, police department lot, a lot at Locust and Mulberry streets and the Jaycees Fairgrounds driveway.
Following are the asphalt overlay projects that are pending board approval. The budget is expected to be approved next month:
• Grandview Avenue from Washington Avenue to Church Street;
• Franklin Avenue from Union Avenue to Church Street;
• Reinhard Boulevard from State Street to West End Avenue;
• Reinhard Boulevard from West End Avenue to College Avenue;
• College Avenue from Delmar Avenue to Christina Avenue;
• Delmar Avenue from Main Street to State Street;
• Delmar Avenue from State Street to West End Avenue;
• Union Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Park Avenue;
• Union Avenue from Park Avenue to Grant Street; • North Jefferson from Franklin Avenue to Park Street;
• North Jefferson from Park Avenue to Grant Street;
• North Oak Street from Franklin Avenue to Park Avenue;
• North Oak Street from Park Avenue to Grant Street;
• North Linden Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Park Avenue;
• North Linden Avenue from Park Avenue to the end;
• McKinley Avenue from Park Avenue to Franklin Avenue; and
• Franklin Avenue from Church Street to Linden Avenue.
Each year there also are about $40,000 in sidewalk and curb and gutter repairs budgeted. That work is done in-house by city street department employees, Lampkin said.
The city will fund the sidewalk improvements instead of assessing residents.
Officials have said the last time the city assessed residents for sidewalk installation was in 1997 when sidewalks were installed in Strawberry Fields subdivision and along Springfield Avenue. Homeowners in those areas were required to pay a portion of the cost to install the sidewalks.
Since the city purchased equipment to conduct sidewalk, and curb and gutter installation several years ago, crews are able to put in more sidewalks.
The decision to no longer assess property owners and make more aggressive repairs to sidewalks came about several years before the most recent comprehensive plan, but it is cohesive with the public call for more walkways.
A survey conducted nearly two years ago during the city’s comprehensive planning process indicated that residents want more walking trails and sidewalks.
During the planning process residents asked for an expanded sidewalk and bike path system, and bike and walking paths to connect areas of town.