For Spring Hill, 2018 will pick up where 2017 left off.
Projects benefiting parks, roadways, some City facilities and the future of broadband in Spring Hill are on the 2018 schedule.
1. Lone Elm Road Bridge repair: As a part of a CARS Grant and Federal Fund Exchange, this bridge near 207th Street and Lone Elm Road is expected to be replaced with repairs to the road.
2. Broadband Task Force recommendation: After a year of hard work and hours spent with CTC Technology and Energy — a consulting firm hired by the City to determine the feasibility of a fiber-to-the-premises system — the Broadband Task Force is set to make its recommendation to the City Council 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Community Center, 613 S. Race St., Spring Hill, on what direction the City should take regarding high-speed Internet.
3. Veterans Park: With a design passed by the Spring Hill Parks Advisory Board in December, the new Veterans Park, situated on the west side of Spring Hill Lake, is moving along. The design will move on to Planning Commission where it will need to be approved before moving to the City Council for final approval. Construction on the new playground at the park is set to begin early this year and be completed by spring. Check back in future newsletters for the final design plans.
4.Spring Hill Lake Dam and Spillway Improvements: The City is expected to maintain and repair the existing dam to meet state compliance requirements.
Other projects set to be complete this year include the Civic Center revitalization, which is set for completion in the spring. The City’s five-year Capital Improvement Program also lists year two of the Lincoln Street project, rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer main lines, ground storage tank repairs, the annual Street Rehabilitation Program, building improvements to the City’s salt and sand structure, a Wastewater Treatment Plant study and UV system upgrade for 2018’s projects.
2017 turned out to be a record-setting year for Spring Hill.
With building permits at an all-time high and the City’s biggest community building and City Hall under construction, Spring Hill remains in a growth pattern.
1. Building permits: One of the fastest-growing cities in Johnson County, Spring Hill’s numbers don’t lie. As of Dec. 27, the city’s new single family home permits are up to 150 permits, breaking a 15-year-old record of 134 permits in 2002. Compared to 2016, the City only saw 47 new single family home permits through November. With December’s numbers still climbing, 2017 was the biggest year for new homes in Spring Hill. “Using Census data of 3.0 persons per household, 128 new homes equals 384 new residents,” Jim Hendershot, Assistant City Administrator, estimated in early December. “Obviously, not all homes are occupied and some are current residents upgrading homes but we are still growing at a rate of 300 to 325 new residents per year. At this rate, our population could reach 10,000 in the next eight to 10 years or sooner.”
2. Civic Center construction began: After residents voiced concerns of needed upgrades at the Spring Hill Civic Center, City leaders took action in late 2016 and began the process of the Civic Center revitalization. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2018 and will feature a new Municipal Courtroom and new City Council chambers, convenient payment and reservation windows, a renovated gymnasium and performance stage, new City Hall offices and an upgraded courtyard among many other features.
3. New City Park playground: After the City was awarded a grant, the outdated playground at City Park, Hale and Washington streets, was replaced with a shiny, new set. With heavy spring rains causing delays, the park was completed in August to the delight of Spring Hill’s youngest (and oldest!) residents. The grant also came with a second playground set, which will be installed at the new Veterans Park in 2018.
4. Lincoln Street Improvements Year 1: Leading into Spring Hill’s industrial park, this road sees heavy traffic each day. In the project’s first year, Public Works crews completed a regrade of the drainage ditch with new rock, tore out three sections of road and replaced it with concrete to withstand heavy truck traffic and replaced sections of curb. In summer 2018, crews will resume work for more improvements.