Brookfield officials discuss road levy
BROOKFIELD — Township officials receiving complaints about the condition of some roads, say there’s little they can do with limited funds.
Trustee Dan Suttles said during Monday’s trustees meeting a road levy could change that. If approved by voters, the levy would bring in more money to do more road paving and improvement projects.
“A road levy is the only way we are going to be able to address our roads. That is the bottom line. We need to convince people to pass a road levy,” Suttles said.
He said trustees a few years ago looked at a 2-mill road levy, which would have generated $137,000 annually. Suttles said before any decision is made, a public hearing must be held to present a plan.
“A lot of residents do not live on township roads and do not want to support a levy since they are on state or county roads,” Suttles said.
Road Supervisor Jamie Fredenburg said Brookfield has a 20-year road plan for the township’s 43 miles of roadway that must be reviewed and updated.
The road department currently has four employees, including Fredenburg, who indicated they are limited on what work can be done.
Fredenburg said the original plan was to have $100,000 for roads per year.
“It would take us more than 40 years to get all the roads paved — which is way too long to wait,” he said.
Officials said current township road funding is between $40,000 to $50,000 per year. This money often supplements or is the local share for state-funded projects.
Fredenburg said $40,000 per year limits the amount of road work that can be done, noting the township has almost five miles of dirt roads.
“There are roads that need attention, but we do not have the equipment or staff to do the work,” he said.
Fredenburg said the township has received $825,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for improvements for roads and $315,000 in Ohio Public Works Commission funds, including work on roads in the lower Masury area.
In other business, trustees announced bid opening for the Syme Street paving is March 25. Estimated cost of the project is $178,000 with the township’s share being 16 percent.
Fredenburg said officials are discussing in-house roadway berming throughout the year and in-house roadway sweeping during March and April.