June 26, 2016

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Medina approves $138K to fix old curbs along state highways

MEDINA — The curbs along state highways through Medina are due for a facelift next year.

City Council’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee on Monday approved using $138,236 from a capital fund to improve and install one mile of curbing next year.

The initiative will need to be approved by the Budget Committee before any work can start.Each foot of new curbing will cost about $22.

Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, proposed using the money to improve the curbs as a way to help stabilize and improve safety in key neighborhoods that are subject to the most severe stress along the three state highways — Routes 3, 18 and 57 — that pass through the city.

Lamb said the city will focus first on repairing the curbs on the blocks nearest Public Square.

“The curbs date back to the 1920s,” he said. “This will be a really huge benefit if you have property on a state route in the first three or four blocks off the square.”

Lamb said many of the state routes leading to downtown Medina do not have curbs, causing landscaping problem and safety hazards while diminishing property values.

In addition to the $138,000, Lamb suggested spending up to $50,000 annually, starting in 2016, to provide at least a half mile of curbing improvements each year.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @adavisreports.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.