NORTHFIELD — Village Council gave Service Director Jason Walters the go-ahead for a handful of projects and purchases, including creating a parking lot for Huntington Park on Elm Avenue.

Walters said the quote he obtained for the parking lot is $45,900 from Mid-Ohio Asphalt, plus an additional $9,000 for Nick’s Tree Service to remove trees prior to the paving.

Walters said parking has been a problem, especially when games are played at the park’s ballfield. There currently is no lot available, and motorists have to park along the streets in the residential neighborhood.

Walters said the village plans to paint a crosswalk so people can walk across Elm Avenue from the new lot.

He also received the go-ahead to place an order with Mid-Ohio Asphalt for sealing and striping of the basketball court at Huntington Park, Smith Park’s driveway, Village Hall’s lot and driveway and spots on Ledge Road. That work will cost $7,500.

Walters also was authorized to proceed with a handful of major purchases — an F-350 truck for $41,000, a leaf collector for $52,420 and two mowers for $22,250.

Law Director Brad Bryan explained the more expensive projects and purchases will require Council to pass legislation, most likely at its April 24 meeting, while the smaller items do not require legislation.

Walters said the leaf collector, which will come from American Road Machinery Co., will be larger than the one the village now uses, and it will be delivered in about nine weeks. The existing collector will be advertised for sale on govdeals.com.

The F-350 truck will be purchased from Park Ford. A plow blade and other equipment for the truck will cost an additional $7,489. The mowers will be purchased from Northfield Power & Equipment.

Finally, Walters was authorized to purchase 100 tons of dirt for three village ballfields and proceed with repairs to the salt shed’s roof. Cost is $29 a ton ($2,900 total) for the dirt and $9,850 for the roof repairs.

Walters said the coming months will be busy for his department, with various projects getting under way, including the Houghton Road reconstruction and new Houghton-Route 8 traffic signals.

Village Engineer Richard Wasosky said the Houghton-Route 8 project is expected to start May 1, and Houghton will be closed to through traffic, with Beach Avenue and Electric Boulevard as detour routes. The project is expected to be completed by late August.

Walters said the village "needs to get moving" on plans for the streets behind Summit Plaza. He suggested a committee could be formed to work out a schedule for those repairs.

OTHER  MATTERS

Also at its April 10 session, Council declared the month of April as Autism Awareness Month, and authorized the use of and established limits on open blanket purchase orders.

Council also authorized transfers of $50,000 from the general fund to the police pension fund and $50,000 from the general fund to the fire levy fund.

Legislation to raise the salary of the mayor from $35,000 to $40,000 per year and Council’s stipend from $400 to $500 per month moved on to second reading. It was noted the mayor’s and Council’s pay hasn’t been increased in 12 years.

Former Councilman J.C. Sullivan said he opposes the raises, partially because residents are being asked to approve a levy for the Nordonia schools on the May primary election ballot.

Mayor Jesse Nehez reported he is working with a consultant on a long-range plan for village parks, while Bryan said he is seeking statements of qualifications from firms willing to work on designs for future firehouse expansion.

Wasosky said bid opening for replacement of a catch basin at Victory Boulevard and Houghton Road will be April 23, with specs sent to three firms. He also reported ODOT will restripe Route 8 lanes this summer.

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