Warren considers bond to resurface roads

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The city of Warren is looking to secure $2.5 million to improve roads throughout the city.

The money would come through a bond proposal that is up for consideration by Warren City Council.

Roadways throughout the city are in dire need of repair, according to Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa. Budget constraints have not allowed for a dedicated annual resurfacing program in the city since 2007. According to Warren City Engineer Paul Makosky, neighboring communities such as Howland, Cortland and Niles all have annual programs.

“It is because we have not made that investment in the past,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin. “We are sort of behind the eight ball.”

If approved, the bond money would have to be used within 18 months. According to City Engineer Paul Makosky, much more is needed but the $2 million would be a start with the idea that a long-term plan needs to be implemented.

“It’s an investment in our neighborhoods. It is an investment in our communities. It helps sustain property values,” said Makosky.

Cantalamessa said $2.5 million is a “manageable” amount and the city could pay the money back while looking for other revenue streams to implement a more permanent funding source for continued resurfacing projects.

“When you look at how many streets need to be repaired versus how much that is going to cost against can we repair it? We felt comfortable that $2.5 million is a good amount to allow to manageably repay it,” said Cantalamessa. “The need is clear going forward meaning if you are going to take out a bond to do $2.5 million worth of road repairs, it only makes sense to look forward to extending their life with maintenance programs.”

A vote on the bond is expected in August.

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