The study points out that an annual funding level of $950,000 for repair of the roadway network equates to an automobile owner putting aside $230 per year for maintaining and replacing a $20,000 automobile. Over the years 1999, 2000 and 2001 the City through Mayor Sullivan and the City Council, appropriated and spent $4.8 Million of local funds and another $1.2 Million in Chapter 90 funds. This equates roughly to $2.0 Million per year. A repeat assessment of the pavement inventory indicated a slight improvement in the overall pavement condition verifying the study’s findings. Those years possessed favorable economic conditions, the past year has seen no additional local funding. Although economic conditions have declined, the necessity to maintain the network has not.
A local funding level of $1,200,000 is currently necessary to address the City’s deteriorating pavement conditions. This will be augmented with recently authorized funding for the very popular improvements to the sanitary sewer system with associated pavement improvements, at $750,000 annually. In addition annual funding of $500,000 for the Storm Water Improvement Program (Drainage) and $250,000 for the Sidewalk Replacement Program are strongly recommended.
The aforementioned study is part of an overall Infrastructure Master Plan wherein improvement to pavement, sanitary sewers, storm water drainage and sidewalks are programmed for coordination of funding and construction sequencing. The aim is to derive the most benefit from limited resources and to facilitate a policy of comprehensive improvement. Comprehensive in that any work considered for a street should address all outstanding improvements. A street in need of drainage improvement should be looked at for additional improvements in pavement, traffic, sanitary sewer, street scape, etc. all within the framework of a larger Master Plan. This requires cooperation and coordination with multiple departments. Each constituent part of the Master Plan has been evaluated independently and brought together toward this end. Similarly, funding is sought independently although the interdependence of effort sometimes mixes funds.