MACEDONIA — The city will seek bids for an estimated $1 million Valley View Road reconstruction project, which officials say will take place from late summer into early fall this year.

At its April 11 meeting, City Council authorized the city engineer to prepare specifications and the mayor to advertise for bids for the project. Work will take place between Highland and Twinsburg roads.

Mayor Nick Molnar said the city has obtained a 90 percent loan at zero percent interest from the Ohio Public Works Commission. The city will pay $100,000 upfront, and pay back the loan at $44,000 per year over 20 years.

The Valley View Road project is in addition to this year’s road repaving program, for which Council awarded a contract worth $1.66 million to Specialized Construction at its March 28 session.

City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said the Valley View stretch between Twinsburg Road and the Hudson border will not be done at this time since it is in better shape than the northern portion and traffic volume is lower.

OTHER MATTERS

Legislation was introduced adding dispensaries to a list of medical marijuana-related businesses that will be allowed to operate. Regulations in Chapter 797 of the city’s codified ordinances already apply to cultivators and processors.

The regulations cover such areas as local licensing and application requirements, fees, persons prohibited as licensees, transfer of ownership, revocation of licenses and visibility of activities.

In March, Council OK’d a 90-day moratorium on the issuance of dispensary permits until the regulations are finalized. The moratorium will end when Chapter 797 amendments are approved.

Council OK’d amendments to the 2019 appropriations. The main change was setting aside $175,000 for income tax refunds. Total general fund appropriations now are set at $13.99 million, with all funds totaling $27.17 million.

Residents who filed income tax returns with RITA are eligible for refunds if they have paid 2.25 percent in city income tax to Macedonia or less to another municipality, causing a balance due payment to meet the 2.25 percent requirement for 2018.

The deadline to file for refunds is July 15 if tax returns were filed with RITA by April 15. The July 15 deadline will be extended for those receiving a RITA extension.

Finance Director John Veres said refund checks will start to go out in the mail in the next few days.

Council amended a section of the codified ordinances which deals with education leave for full-time and permanent part-time employees and tuition reimbursement for full-time staffers.

Council also authorized disposing of seven no longer needed city vehicles on the www.fasttrackauction.com website. The vehicles include the 28-year-old, 95-foot aerial ladder fire truck, which is now out of service and will be replaced by a new one in June.

In his report, Molnar said the city plans to spread new dirt and make upgrades to the three ballfields at Longwood Park when conditions are drier, and a lighting project at one field will start near the end of April.

He said restrooms will be installed at Veterans Park, and that Brock Milstein donated $10,000 toward improvements there.

The mayor reported the Steak & Shake restaurant is temporarily closed, but eventually should reopen. Although he didn’t identify them, he said some new restaurants may be moving into town, and added a new gas station or other business may eventually move into the former BP site on Highland Road.

Molnar read a proclamation designating April 26 as Arbor Day in the city.

Council voted to cancel its June 27, July 25 and Aug. 8 meetings as part of its summer recess.

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