TWINSBURG — Council recently authorized the mayor to enter into a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood mitigation along the Tinkers Creek flood plain.

The agreement is in conjunction with FEMA’s funding program designed to acquire, demolish, landscape and deed-restrict certain properties located within the Tinkers Creek flood plain.

The grant totals $170,499, with the city’s contribution being $42,624 (25 percent). The city will use the funds to demolish one home on East Idlewood Drive near Center Valley Park.

Last year, the city contributed $42,048 toward the purchase of another house on Idlewood Drive, with FEMA chipping in $126,145 for a total of $168,194.

Council sent to second reading an ordinance authorizing the purchase of a John Deere tractor and mower for use by the service department at a cost of $57,134. The items would be purchased from Diamond Mowers Inc.

Council also made some changes to the city’s annual salary ordinance dealing with Gleneagles clubhouse positions. Director of restaurant operations and sous chef positions were eliminated, and an executive chef’s position was added.

Mayor Ted Yates said the duties of the director of restaurant operations are already covered by the restaurant manager, and duties of the sous chef will be handled by other restaurant personnel. The executive chef’s salary range is from $35,000 to $55,000.

The mayor reported budget talks for 2019 have started and are going well so far. The capital improvements board also is meeting to review which major purchases and projects will be funded next year.

The latter will present its recommendations to the finance committee Sept. 25.

Police Chief Chris Noga reported that his department has handled 22,034 through the first eight months of 2018, while Fire Chief Tim Morgan said his department has handled 1,905 in the same period.

Morgan reminded residents that the fall fire department open house will be Oct. 10. He said in August there were five drug overdoses in the city, including two deaths.

Public Works Director Chris Campbell said his crews are painting some fire hydrants and pruning trees in certain neighborhoods. Nine hundred feet of sidewalk have been repaired or replaced so far this year, and no blockages have been found during inspections of the stormwater system.

Director of Planning and Community Development Larry Finch reported one firm is interested in finding a city site to erect a 50,000-square-foot building, while another firm is looking for a vancant 40,000 to 50,000-square-foot building to move into.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com.