MACEDONIA — Specialized Construction Inc. will handle the first round of the city’s 2018 road repaving after City Council awarded a contract Feb. 8.

Streets to be paved initially are Driftwood, Brookdale and Foxhill lanes and Meadowlawn, Thistleridge, Stonebridge, Eileen and Gloria drives.

City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said Specialized Construction submitted the best of two bids at $1.22 million, which was under the estimate of $1.36 million.

He noted the firm also handled last year’s road repaving in the city, and has done work for other communities represented by Chagrin Valley Engineering Ltd., for whom Gigliotti works.

Gigliotti said the company likely will start the repaving in late March and finish up by May 18.

Money for the work — nearly 30 streets will be done this year — is coming from a 0.25 percent income tax increase passed last year (about $1.2 million) and a bond the city has taken out.

In other action, Council sent to second reading an ordinance authorizing the selection of a commission to review the city charter. It would be comprised of one Council rep and six other residents appointed by the mayor and Council.

Recently, Mayor Joseph Migliorini proposed placing four charter review amendments on a future ballot.

The proposals would raise the number of Council members from five to six, allow the mayor to break a Council tie vote and serve on the planning commission, and spell out requirements for the conduct of Council reps.

The four proposals are tabled until the charter review commission discusses them. The panel also could bring forth other recommendations for charter changes.

Council also advanced to second reading revisions in the city’s income tax ordinance, which Law Director Mark Guidetti said are required under Ohio House Bill 49. 

Guidetti said an ordinance amending regulations targeted at satellite earth stations is still being tweaked. It was on second reading.

The main change is addition of a clause that states such devices cannot be erected on any property where there is an existing device no longer in service.

It was noted the intention of the new clause is to improve aesthetics by reducing clutter on homes and properties.

One addition to the ordinance which was suggested is that satellite companies installing new dishes be required to remove the discontinued devices. 

After successful completion of their probationary periods, Council confirmed the mayor’s appointments of the following city personnel:

Fulltime firefighters-paramedics Brian Fleming, Bryan Friend, Matthew Harmon, Matthew Maloney and Matthew Snowden; part-time firefighters-paramedics James Garvey and Charles Riley; fulltime police officers Matthew Bacher and Jay Hathaway; and part-time corrections officers Stephen Attewell and Leanne Harvan.

Migliorini reported $37,301 was taken in by mayor’s court in January. He said sandstone for construction of new locker rooms at the fitness center will be ordered soon, and will take about eight weeks to arrive. Cost for the sandstone is about $31,000.

At 6:30 p.m. prior to Council’s Feb. 22 meeting, members Jessica Brandt and Vini Ventura will be available to meet with residents who wish to provide input on city issues or discuss concerns.

Different Council members will rotate prior to each meeting to provide this service.

Fire Chief Tim Black reminded residents to keep fire hydrants on their streets clear of snow, and make sure their house numbers are visible.

A resident suggested pending legislation be posted on the city’s website so residents can easily access it. Migliorini said with today’s technology that shouldn’t be a problem, and he will check with the city’s IT person to see what can be done. 

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 ext. 4189 or