City roadway repairs questioned


New developments and concerns regarding infrastructure were themes at Monday night’s Marysville City Council meeting.
Council member Nevin Taylor asked officials about the state of pavement on Eighth, Ninth and Tenth streets. He said because of a project in that area, there are large holes that “you could lose a car in.”
Public Services Director Mike Andrako said the holes were the result of a contractor working with the city on the water line replacement project.
“We’re trying to get them to fill the holes better,” Andrako said. “We were unhappy with the way they left it on Friday night and we actually asked them to come back after they’d already left town to fix some things.”
He said the city is trying to keep the roads open while the work progresses.
“It’s a daily struggle for us, but we are working with them,” he said. “Short of shutting down the road, we’re trying to fix these as good as we can.”
The city’s paving program for this year is moving forward, with the next targets being Walnut Street, West Fifth Street near Kroger, the reservoir parking lots, and portions of Industrial Parkway and Scottslawn Road.
“In the next few weeks, you’ll see paving work being done all over the city,” Andrako said.
According to Andrako, the city is making an effort not to interfere with any upcoming events.
“We’ll make sure the Balloon Fest and the upcoming 5k at Friday Nights Uptown are not affected,” he said.
Andrako also told council the city got a good price on road salt. He said the city will pay $46.79 per ton this year, down slightly from last year. The city has committed to 1,500 tons for the coming winter season.
Council also took the first steps at cleaning up the books for water service to Jerome Village.
Council held first readings on a series of ordinances to formally accept responsibility for water lines in the development. The city had never formally accepted portions of the infrastructure as city property.
Marysville is currently the water and sewer provider for Jerome Village.
City engineer Jeremy Hoyt originally brought the problem to the city’s public service committee late last month. The developer, Nationwide Realty, reached out to the city to rectify the problem.
“(Nationwide Realty) noticed that we hadn’t officially accepted a handful of these projects,” he told the committee at the time. “Nationwide just wants us to make it official through city council.”
The improvements include lines in the Glacier Park neighborhood, as well as along Jerome Road, Hyland-Croy Road, Ravenhill Parkway, Ryan Parkway and Wells Road.
In other council news:
-Memorial Health CEO Chip Hubbs presented the Memorial 2020 plan to build an expansion to Memorial Hospital that will bring the facility up to date. He said the goal is to start construction next year.

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