Aberdeen plans to borrow up to $2.5 million to fix roads

The City of Aberdeen will have a plan to tackle $2 million to $3 million worth of paving work on the city's roads in the new calendar year, City Manager Douglas Miller told Mayor Michael Bennett and Aberdeen City Council during their work session Monday afternoon.

Most of the money will have to be borrowed, he said.

Miller said that in the past, the highway user revenue to Aberdeen from the State of Maryland had been as high as $800,000 per year. Under Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration, however, the revenue has been reduced to as little as $39,000 a year and this year it was $163,000.

Miller said that $2 million to $2.5 million would be borrowed to pay for the road repaving, while the $163,000 from the state would be used to pay the debt service from the prior year.

"We probably won't see any help from this governor is regards to highway user revenue," Miller said.

Miller said that road repaving would be more costly years to come because the roads would be in worse condition

"Our costs are going to skyrocket, so we have to take preemptive action," Miller said. "The more you let [roads worsen], the more it costs later."

Miller also added he is "seeing glimmers of hope in construction costs," and wants to repave the city's roads next year in order to take advantage of lower labor costs.

Bennett agreed, pointing out that city general funds wouldn't have to go toward road repaving if the plan Miller proposed is enacted.

Also during the work session, Miller announced that all city employees would be able to receive a free flu shot on Wednesday, Oct. 24, if they chose, thanks to the efforts of Harford County Health Officer Susan Kelly and Charles Johnson, the city's safety and risk management officer.

The vaccinations will be available at Aberdeen City Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. or at the Department of Public Works from 11 to 3 p.m.

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