Mike Taylor, in his State of the City report, outlined a host of projects that the city will be taking on this year.
Taylor says one of the most significant large storm sewer projects in recent memory will get underway this summer. He says the $1.3 million project is designed to greatly reduce flooding at the five-points intersection.
Taylor says work will also continue on collective bargaining for three of the city’s union contracts.
Taylor says the largest challenge for the city this year and beyond will be financial in nature. He says previous state cuts to the local government fund have taken about $500,000 from the city’s general fund. In addition, he says New Philadelphia will no longer receive the estate tax, which was repealed at the end of last year.
Taylor says he’s eager to see how the governor’s proposed budget plays out in Columbus.
Other projects on tap this year include a joint project with the Ohio Department of Transportation that calls for the resurfacing of most of the state routes through town, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project near West Elementary School, and the creation and adoption of city civil service rules and a new comprehensive personnel handbook.