2013-11-30 / Editorials & Letters

Little money left for street repairs

Editor:

If you drive around Baltimore you will note that in addition to so some streets with potholes, many streets have visible cracks in the roadway.

I am sure that when driving in other areas you have seen O.D.O.T. blowing debris from the cracks and covering the crack with hot tar. This process “slows” water infiltration and helps to extend the life of the asphalt. You may also have seen this procedure accomplished by the Fairfield County Engineer, as well as some of the townships in the county.

Why do we not see this happening in Baltimore ? If you are not going to resurface the roadway, why not attempt to seal the cracks and possibly extend the life of the asphalt. I am not trained in road maintenance, but I would assume that ODOT does not do this if there is no benefit as a result of the process.

Decisions concerning street/road maintenance have been made by the Village Council, and it appears that the priority of Village Council has been to “grow” the village payroll.

Decisions made in 2004 have cost Baltimore taxpayers a huge amount of money. From 2004 thru 2011, here are some payroll costs:

• Village Administrator Hall - $669,040 Wages & Benefits;

• Village Engineer -$53,536 Wages & Benefits;

• Service Superintendant - $ 199,734 Wages & Benefits;

• Chief Of Police -$74,929 (2011 only)

Start Date and Current Wages & Benefits unknown;

• Village Administrator Brown-$75,906 ( Estimated for 2012 )

It looks like “ they” can spend $1,000,000 plus on Wages and Benefits, while our streets are deteriorating, and water/sewer bills are increasing. Citizens waited about eight years for a street resurfacing project, but all we got was a $150,000 +/- paving project, and that was apparently due to a “grant”.

The Baltimore Income Tax was originally presented as a method to fund the General Fund, as well as the Street Maintenance Fund. It appears that the General Fund is the largest recipient of the Income Tax revenue. Council authorized spending well over $ 1,000,000 in payroll and benefits for these “new” positions, but could not seem to find any money to maintain/ save our streets, or to keep water/sewer costs at an affordable level.

Charles R. Lamb
Baltimore

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