Strongsville will buy vehicles and firefighting equipment, improve an intersection and renovate part of the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center next year.
The projects are included in the 2013 budget, which got its first review by City Council last week.
Some of the major projects and purchases:
• Widening the traffic-snarling intersection of Albion and Prospect roads. It will cost about $1.5 million.
• Painting the walls and replacing the floor in the gym at the rec center, at a cost of about $200,000. "This is a 15-year-old facility. It needs some work," Finance Director Joe Dubovec said.
"If you look at the walls, it looks like people walked on them," Mayor Tom Perciak agreed.
• Widening Sprague Road from York Road to Webster Road. This is not Strongsville's project, but the city will contribute $644,000 for its share of the cost.
• Buying turnout gear for the Fire Department, at a cost of about $3,000 per firefighter.
• Purchasing two dump trucks for the Service Department, a rescue squad for the Fire Department and 10 police vehicles.
• Upgrading Strongsville's website to allow people to apply for building permits online; estimated cost, $40,000.
• Rehabbing fire hydrants throughout the city by sandblasting and repainting them.