One thing the city plans to spend aggressively on during 2018 is infrastructure, primarily to keep the city’s utilities in good working order into the future, Smith said.
“If you go back to what we spent in infrastructure 10 years ago versus what we spend today, we are much more aggressive on the infrastructure side,” Smith said.
Here are the $29.5 million the city is poised to spend next year, under the capital-spending suggestions:
- Water distribution, including hydrants, valves, meters and mains — $7.4 million
- Electric, transmission and distribution upgrades — $3.7 million
- Main Street renovation — $2.8 million
- Main/Millville/Eaton intersection — $2.6 million
- Gas transmission and distribution system upgrades — $2.3 million
- Annual concrete street repair and resurfacing — $1.9 million
- Beltline trail (property acquisition and phase one of construction — $1.75 million
- Sewage-system collection upgrades — $1.7 million
- Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill site work — $1.3 million
- Sewage-system production work — $685,000
- City share of reliability improvements at the Greenup plant — $650,000
- South Hamilton Crossing spending — $544,000
New roof for the city building — $500,000
Council Member Tim Naab, who leads council’s finance-committee meetings, said he was pleased with the city administration’s budget efforts and also the development advances that are happening in the city.
“We’re looking toward the first two quarters of 2018 for new restaurants, new businesses, new small businesses, larger businesses, like we have going on next door at the former 5/3 Bank building,” Naab said. “Those things are all on purpose. They don’t just happen, and something falls out of the sky and lands in Hamilton, Ohio. It’s taking months, and sometimes years for all these wonderful things to happen on purpose in Hamilton.”
“We’ve had other cities come to us and say, ‘What are you guys doing right?’ So we’re now, if you will, the poster child for other cities in Indiana, in Kentucky, in Ohio, to come to us, and say, ‘What’s going on?’”