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Mayor Bell presents 2013 Capital Improvement Budget

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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell released his 2013 capital improvement budget plan on Friday.

It includes repaving more than 60 lane miles of roads, building a new fire station, as well as a new facility to store road salt.

"We believe that this is a pretty aggressive capital improvements budget," says Bell.

The mayor's plan includes 32 million dollars in city funds for a wide variety of projects.

Secor between Monroe and Central, and Collingwood between Monroe and Central, are two busy roadways targeted for major reconstruction.

$10 million is also going toward repaving 23 lane miles of neighborhood and residential roads.

The fire department is getting two major projects at a cost of $4.5 million.

Fire Station 3 will be renovated and expanded. It's the city's oldest station located on Bush and Erie.

The city will also build a new Fire Station 12 on Suder Avenue off of East Manhattan Boulevard in order to cut down on the emergency response time in that North Toledo area.

"There has been a gap in the service going back when we closed station number 12 way, way back in the early 80s," says Bell. "What we needed to be able to do is recover from that."

The mayor wants to spend $600,000 to build a new road salt facility on Byrne Road which covers most of South and East Toledo, plus replace the old salt dome on Central Avenue.

"It fell into a state of disrepair and we ended up having to demolish it on an emergency basis," says Ed Moore, Division of Streets, Bridges, and Harbor.

The police department is getting $380,000 for its Orion Project which includes the new SkyCop cameras, and $600,000 for new vehicles.

Police Chief Derrick Diggs says he needs 44 new marked cars and 47 unmarked cars.  

"We need it very much because many of the vehicles in our fleet now have over 150 thousand miles. And that's pretty dangerous to have police vehicles running 24-7 going code 3," says Diggs.

The Bell Administration will present the capital improvement budget to City Council next Tuesday.

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