“We’re slowing things down until we see what the state does, and then we’ll adjust what we have to do,” Whalen said. “We don’t know what the amount would be.”
Whatever the state does, however, “the need is still there” for a street-repair levy, Whalen said. The committee decided to wait until early 2020 to seek the levy because a lot more voter education is needed. Also, officials have promised to give neighborhoods input on which streets in their areas should be paved, and they are working out a plan to implement that.
“Our mission is hopefully people can make an informed decision, and find out what it means to them,” Whalen said previously.
City officials have said 70 percent of Hamilton’s streets are in fair to poor condition, with half categorized as poor. The city has about 250 miles of streets. But when the number of lanes are considered, there are 550 miles of lanes on those streets. Some of the streets have not been repaved in 40 years.
The committee has been holding public meetings, and plans to continue doing so through the year, to answer questions residents have about the proposed levy.
The group posts answers to common questions on its website, www.criticalforhamilton.com, and its Facebook page, Fix Our Streets-Hamilton.
Staff Writer Eric Schwartzberg contributed reporting.