Griffith gets rolling on road repairs

2014-04-05T17:30:00Z 2014-04-05T23:02:11Z Griffith gets rolling on road repairsCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 05, 2014 5:30 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | The Town Council has paved the way for repairs on 25 miles of road this year.

To get the project rolling, the Griffith council created a three-member redevelopment bonding authority that will approve an associated bond issue and handle repayment.

This was done so the improvements can begin as soon as weather allows, said Councilman Rick Ryfa, R-3rd.

The repairs, needed because of the beating roads took from severe winter weather, will be accomplished without a tax increase, Ryfa said.

The money will come from tax increment financing, stormwater fees and cash from the town's share of the new Lake County economic development income tax.

In the meantime, Robinson Engineering in Merrillville is analyzing all of the town's 75 miles of road, along with the alleys.

The firm is ranking the roads in order of their condition and will soon issue its findings.

The council will then create a street repair plan based on the report.

"We want a completely objective analysis," Ryfa said.

The council also held a public hearing — with no comments from the audience — on the use of a Community Development Block Grant of $77,000.

The board wants to renovate the restroom facility in Central Park to make it handicapped accessible.

Clerk-Treasurer George Jerome said the grant will not quite cover the full cost of the restroom work.

The council said it also will study the feasibility of more updating at this facility, including the family area.

"We'd like to get it done this year," Ryfa said.

In other renovations, the council opened two bids for the planned beautification of Main Street between the bike trail and Lafayette Street.

Rieth-Riley Construction Co., of Gary, submitted a bid of $605,582.43; Walsh & Kelly, of Griffith, bid at $449,630.69.

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