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Eschen outlines capital improvement, sanitation funds for Norwalk

By SCOTT SEITZ • Nov 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM

A number of capital improvement projects are planned for 2016 in the city of Norwalk.

Finance director Diane Eschen outlined these in her budget narrative.

Projects proposed in the 2016 budget include: Roof on the police station in the amount of $40,000, paving the Ernsthausen parking lot and the city complex parking lot ($80,000), the cooling system at city hall ($25,000), handicap ramps ($20,000) and the sidewalk program at an estimated cost of $80,000.

The city also will pay its share of the Old State Road widening project for $200,000. 

“At this time, the project is estimated at about $343,825, with $143,825 in funding from Ohio Public Works Commission ($133,825 grant and $10,000 loan),” Eschen said.

Capital equipment includes:

• the third of a three-year lease for three police vehicles in the amount of $37,345.

• the first year of a three-year lease for three police vehicles in the amount of $36,400.

• the third year of a nine-year lease for the ladder truck for the fire department in the amount of $99,910.

Eschen said the total general capital improvement fund shows an increase of 3 percent or about $40,000.

“The budget reflects revenue exceeding expenditures by almost $30,000,” she said. “The 2015 year-end balance is estimated to be approximately $300,000.”

The sanitation fund shows a projected 3-percent increase in its 2016 budget or about $35,000.

“The large three-item trash pickup is included in the 2016 budget for two times in 2016,” Eschen said. 

“The budget does reflect charging the sanitation department for street department personnel related to leaf pickup,” she added. “You will find the estimated cost of leaf pickup..in the amount of $30,000.”

Sanitation has a capital equipment request for a mower in the amount of $7,500 included in the budget, according to Eschen.

“The sanitation fund is estimated to end (the year) with a balance between $700,000 and $800,000,” she added.

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