BIBLE HILL – Upgrades to Saywood Drive in Bible Hill are drawing nearer, but finances for the project remain an issue.
Saywood Drive work expected to extend over years
The village’s five-year capital plan indicates Saywood Drive is expected to have work begin on sidewalk construction in the next fiscal year, however, the major project won’t be done in one year.
“Right now we don’t have enough money. We need to find more cash for Saywood Drive,” said village clerk Bob Christianson during a commission-in-committee meeting on Tuesday night. He said draft budget estimations indicate up to $400,000 is needed during the next few years to finish the project.
“I could see work done there for a few years. We can’t afford all of it in one summer.”
Christianson added the area also has storm water issues and ditches are eroding, which will only add to the amount of work that’s needed.
“The road is in bad condition” already, he said, adding the village will ask the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department about replacing the road once the sidewalk work is completed.
Village chairman Tom Burke wasn’t convinced that would happen.
“I thought I heard they said, ‘don’t count on it for five years’ and that was last year,” said Burke.
“What (residents) have now is not really a finished street,” said commissioner Lois MacCormick, confirming Saywood was established in 1988.
The commission will also write to the minister of transportation about the project, hoping to seek any possible financial contributions.