NORTHFIELD VILLAGE — Plans are being prepared for a significant amount of road work in town over the next couple of years.
Euthenics Inc. of Cleveland will complete final design phases for the Route 8-Ledge Road traffic signals upgrade and Houghton Road reconstruction / Northfield Road traffic signals upgrade.
Contracts for the work were authorized Jan. 10 by Village Council. The Route 8-Ledge Road design work will cost the village $6,050 and the Houghton-Northfield roads work will cost $98,660.
The village has been awarded an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for $92,725 to do the Route 8-Ledge Road project, which is 50 percent of the total estimated cost of $185,450. Officials hope to commence the work in early June.
Houghton Road between Northfield Road and 100 feet west of Vorderman Avenue will be reconstructed, while a new traffic signal will be installed at Northfield and Houghton roads, and signals at Northfield Road and Maple Avenue and on Northfield Road at the fire station driveway will be upgraded.
For the Northfield-Houghton traffic signal projects, the village has been awarded a Public Works grant for $701,595, which is 50 percent of the total estimated cost of $1.4 million.
Engineer Richard Wasosky said the latter project likely will be bid in mid-February 2019. He said a recent ODOT traffic study recommended that a light be installed at Route 8 and Houghton.
Wasosky reported plans for Ledge Road Phase 2 improvements near the Macedonia city limits will be bid in mid-February this year. The village is negotiating with Macedonia to possibly add some elements to the project.
He also reported the village will apply this year for state Issue 2 funds for a possible Route 8-Olde 8 traffic signal upgrade.
In other action, Council ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement with International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 54. It runs from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2020.
Law Director Brad Bryan said the pact covers 10 village employees, including service department personnel, a clerk of mayor’s court and an administrative clerk.
Most workers will get a 2.5 percent pay increase for each of the three years, while the clerk of court will get 5 1/2 percent the first year and 2.5 percent in each of the next two years. There are no changes in health care benefits.
Council approved pay raises for the following officials: Police Chief John Zolgus ($77,966 to $79,915 per year), Finance Director Tricia Ingrassia ($68,000 to $70,000), Law Director Bradric Bryan ($31,644 to $32,435, plus $22 to $124 per hour) and part-time office assistant Tiffany Laskowski ($12.50 to $12.81 per hour).
Fire Chief Jason Buss’ annual salary was increased from $27,865 to $28,562, and full-time and part-time firefighters/paramedics received 2.5 percent hourly increases for 2018.
Diane Gacom (doing business as Rocky Hill Web Designs) was awarded a contract to maintain the village’s website in 2018 at $75 per month, and to handle the village’s sewer maintenance fee billing at $1,075 per month, plus $50 per month for any additional inserts beyond one additional.
Council reps discussed amending the zoning code to prohibit businesses located in B-1, B-2 and B-3 districts to place light-emitting diode or other types of bar, string or strand lighting — whether white or another color — within or directly outside of their buildings’ window frames.
Bryan said there hasn’t been many instances of businesses using such lighting, but those which may want to use it in the future on a temporary basis is the concern. He said the ordinance still needs to be "fine-tuned."
Mayor Jesse Nehez reported he has talked to two companies which have expressed interest in locating on the Snell property in the village’s commercial district.
Jacqueline Ward of the Kim Group LLC approached Council with a proposal to place digital advertising signs at village entrances on both ends of Route 8.
She said advertising revenue from the signs would be shared with the village. The signs would promote businesses and also could recognize "positive things" in the village, such as accomplishments of school children.
"It would be a great way to promote businesses in the village," she said.
Councilman Nicholas Magistrelli, who was reelected Council president by other members at the meeting, said that an overlay zoning plan is being discussed for the Route 8 corridor and suggested there be a discussion on whether the sign idea would fit into the plan.
Council scheduled a public meeting for Feb. 21 to present information about the overlay plan to residents.
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