YOUNGSTOWN – City Council will consider a bill on Wednesday to purchase numerous small plots for a traffic light project on Mahoning Avenue and to remove several lampposts along Front Street so they can be replaced with new ones. new.
Council’s finance committee voted on Monday to recommend adoption of both proposals.
The council plans to authorize the Board of Control to spend up to $84,400 on the right-of-way purchase of several lots – some as small as a few feet – along Mahoning Avenue in order to have locations for new traffic lights at 10 intersections, said Charles Shasho, the city’s deputy director of public works.
The intersections are between Meridian Road, the city’s western border with Austintown, and Oak Hill Avenue, where the street ends at the Spring Commons Bridge and becomes Fifth Avenue.
The city uses federal funds for property purchases, Shasho said.
The actual acquisitions will begin in the spring and are expected to take until August to complete, he said.
The street lamp replacement project is expected to begin in the spring of 2023 and be completed in the summer or fall of that year, Shasho said.
The replacement project could be delayed due to a domestic supply chain issue that has left traffic lights in short supply, he said.
“But we’ll put in concrete and conduit and be ready to install the poles next year when they arrive,” Shasho said.
In addition, the council is expected to support a $57,945 payment to FirstEnergy on Wednesday to remove streetlights and steel fixtures along Front Street from South Avenue to Marshall Street.
The city will install new decorative LED streetlights along the city-owned street as part of a major Front Street improvement project, Shasho said.
“The new lights will provide better lighting for pedestrians,” Shasho said.
It is part of a $27.65 million SMART2 (Strategic and Sustainable, Medical and Manufacturing, Academic and Arts, Residential and Recreation and Technology and Training) network project that is improving several downtown streets.
The current phase is taking place on Front Street from Vindicator Square to Market Street and includes paving, new lighting, street landscaping, adding a bike lane and reducing what is now two to three lanes in each direction to one in each direction with a turning lane in places.
Works have closed the westbound road since last month and the project is not expected to be completed until October.
Council will also authorize the Board of Control on Wednesday to apply for a grant of up to $650,000 to secure four electric vehicle fast-charging stations in a parking lot on Phelps Street near the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater and the annex of the town hall.
The city would seek the funding through a program administered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency through the Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund Grant Program.
“The project will provide rapid electric vehicle charging in the central business district and stimulate economic development by creating new routes to downtown Youngstown from the I-680 corridor,” the legislation says.
The deadline to apply for the grant is the end of this month, Shasho said.
Also on Wednesday, the council will consider renewing Hunter Morrison’s contract as the city’s planning consultant for 2022 at up to $75,000, at $75 an hour.
Morrison was first hired for the job in August 2019 for $25,000 a year.
His contract was renewed in 2020 and 2021 for $75,000 each year.
Morrison’s work includes city planning and development, urban design and capital improvement planning, project management and interagency coordination.
Morrison also leads meetings of the City’s Design Review Committee and Planning Commission/Zoning Appeal Board.