No funds for sidewalk improvements this year


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com



Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Sidewalks such as this one on Forest Street could be up for repairs when funds become available again next year.


If you have a sidewalk in need of repairs they will have to wait until 2017.

Wellington village council has no funds appropriated for sidewalk repairs for the remainder of the year.

The village plans to make $20,000 available for sidewalk repairs next year. Wellington finance director Vonya Hales said she does not know why it’s not part of the current budget and that it was a decision made before her tenure began in January.

“I don’t know if it was a matter a matter of revenue restraints,” she said. “Residents can pick up the application to get on the waiting list up here at the utility office. They fill it out and it will go to public works.”

Hales said $10,000 to 20,000 has been available in the fund in past years with the amount depending on what other projects the village is handling at the time.

Typically, residents pay for the cost of concrete while labor is handled by the village, according to public works superintendent Bob Brasee.

“There was never any money put aside for sidewalks this year but that’s not my call,” said Brasee. “Once people are on the waiting list we can see what can be done to fix things up.”

According to the Lorain County auditor’s office, sidewalk replacement will not increase homeowners’ property taxes as long as they’re not part of a “complete modernization.”

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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Sidewalks such as this one on Forest Street could be up for repairs when funds become available again next year.

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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Sidewalks such as this one on Forest Street could be up for repairs when funds become available again next year.

By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@civitasmedia.com