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Damaged Storm Drains, Potholes Target of Road Funds in Dayton

Repairs to and replacement of five storm drains across Dayton were targeted during a public discussion of municipal road aid funds that are provided to cities by the state. 

The funds require a public hearing, which was held before the most recent city council meeting.

The storm drains have been broken by large trucks coming through the city and are no longer efficient in heavy rains, and can cause flooding issues.

City Administrator Michael Giffen said that the current curb drains will be replaced by flat drains that lay even with the road to prevent future damage by heavy vehicles driving over the tops of them. Construction could begin as early as this month to replace the drains.

Giffen also asked later during the council meeting that the city approve up to $10,000 in spending to replace the drains, but believes in addition to grant money, the city won’t have to spend the additional funds to replace the storm drains.

The rest of the $100,000 municipal road aid budget will be put towards paving of city parking lots and filling of potholes around town.

Mayor Virgil Boruske said that the road funds are smaller this year than previous years due to budget cutbacks at the state level.

Police Chief David Halfhill and Councilman Joe Neary expressed concerns over repairs necessary in the 1100-1400 block of Sixth Avenue (KY 8), which is plagued with an extreme number of potholes.

Neary asked for it to be a priority item, perhaps partnering with Sanitation District 1 and the state because he has concerns that storm water drainage may be causing some of the issues, while Giffen added that it may be a stretch of road where experimental asphalt was previously used, which could be contributing to the continued deterioration of the road.

Giffen said he would look into possible partnerships to fix the road.

All other areas of roadwork to take place were determined throughout the spring by Giffen and the Public Works Department to identify priority areas to be fixed.

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor