NORTHFIELD — The village will get one new police cruiser and will move forward on the Route 8-Ledge Road traffic signal upgrade after council approved contracts Wednesday.

A 2019 Ford Explorer will become part of the police department’s fleet as council authorized the purchase from Park Ford of Tallmadge for $30,608. Up to an additional $10,000 was OK’d to outfit the vehicle with necessary equipment and markings.

Officials noted the police car price is a little higher than those of other recently purchased cars because Ford is not offering the same incentives, but the price is still under what the village budgeted.

Meanwhile, council reps OK’d a contract with Euthenics Inc. to provide construction administration services and general field inspection for the Route 8-Ledge Road traffic signal upgrade.

The cost for that work will be $7,025. Engineer Richard Wasosky said the project is estimated to cost $185,450, with a Local Transportation Improvement Program grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission paying half and the village the other half.

Wasosky said the bid opening for the project will be July 23, and work should get underway by mid-August and be completed in the last few months of 2018.

As for another major village road project, Wasosky said the north side lane of Ledge Road has been repaved and crews are moving to the south lane, where work will start on the east end and move westward. The project should be completed by late August.

In other action, council approved a contract with Selective, Hanover, Cincinnati and Hudson insurance companies through the Wichert agency for insurance coverage from July 13, 2018 to July 13, 2019. The premium is about $1,500 higher than last year.

Council OK’d the village’s 2019 tax budget, which had to be submitted to the Summit County fiscal officer by July 15.

It calls for about $3.9 million in total revenue in the general fund and $5.04 million in expenditures, with a beginning balance of $1.62 million and an ending unencumbered balance of $66,677.

General fund and police pension levies inside the 10-mill limitation are expected to generate about $225,000, while two continuing fire / EMS levies are expected to bring in about $310,000.

Law Director Brad Bryan said he is finalizing legislation to amend the village’s ordinance dealing with high grass and weeds on properties, and that should be ready for council to act on in the near future.

Wasosky said the village will obtain quotes to upgrade a water collection basin in the Houghton Road-Victory Boulevard area. He said the cost is expected to be under $50,000, including engineering, and the village will not have to seek bids since the estimate is under the $60,000 bid limit.

Council will have a work session July 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss bids for a new trash / recycling contract. There will be no regular council meeting on Aug. 8.

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