NORTHFIELD — It’s been a long process, but the village’s Ledge Road reconstruction project is just about completed, and Village Engineer Richard Wasosky said he is "very pleased" with the outcome.

Wasosky said he expects both lanes of the road to be open by Sept. 21, with the contractor only needing to do some final cleanup work such as seeding, pouring sidewalk slabs and putting mailboxes back into place. He said Oct. 28 was the date originally targeted for completion.

CATTS Construction was the contractor for the project, with the contract amounting to $1.69 million.

"This company does good work," Wasosky said. "The project came in under budget, and most residents I’ve talked to are pleased with the results. School officials also were pleased. Most of the complaints I heard were from residents at the Macedonia end of the road."

Wasosky said the village spent considerable money for police manpower to monitor traffic during the project, and noted many motorists ignored the one-way and no through traffic restrictions.

But Law Director Brad Bryan pointed out some of that cost was recouped from tickets that were issued to motorists who violated the restrictions.

Councilman Nicholas Magistrelli added Nordonia HIlls Superintendent Joe Clark had kind words about how the village handled traffic flow in front of Lee Eaton Elementary School on the first days of school.

OTHER MATTERS

Council OK’d agreements for employee medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, which will cost the village about $69,000 more (9.9 percent) over the next two years than it paid in 2018.

Finance Director Patricia Ingrassia said the total to be paid for the coverage would be $797,341 over the next two years. Medical and prescription drug coverage is through Medical Mutual of Ohio, dental through Guardian Dental and vision through Guardian-Davis Vision.

Council amended the administrative code dealing with fees for emergency squad and other fire department services. The specific fees now will be clearly stated in the code, whereas they were not in the past.

If a user has insurance, the village will accept as full payment the usual and customary rates as allowed by the particular insurance company for the services provided.

Residents can obtain a copy of the rates at Village Hall if they so desire.

A collective bargaining agreement with the IAM union was amended to add an office assistant to the list of union employees. The assistant previously was not a member of the union.

A related ordinance changed the office assistant’s position from part time to full time.

The duties of the position include various administrative tasks, organization of records, preparation of records for destruction, filling in for absent administrative employees, answering phones and helping residents.

Council sent to third reading an ordinance amending regulations for residential garbage storage containers. Councilman Gary Vojtush noted allowing the measure to go to another reading would give residents one more opportunity to provide input.

Resident Harold Weigand questioned the requirement that containers provided by the garbage collection contractor have to be used, saying it is difficult for some senior citizens to push the large containers out to the curb.

Bryan responded that residents might be able to get smaller containers from the contractor. He said the containers provided work better with the new automated lifting equipment on the trucks.

Mayor Jesse Nehez suggested the village wait until next year when major Houghton Road work will be done to do a minor stormwater project at Victory Boulevard. 

"Since contractors are booked up with projects now, it would be logical to tie in the Victory Boulevard project with the Houghton Road project next year instead of trying to get the smaller project done before the end of this year," he said.

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