NORTHFIELD — More parking for visitors to Huntington Park is forthcoming after Village Council awarded a contract for a paved parking lot at Heights Avenue and Elm Street.

The $45,900 contract with Mid-Ohio Asphalt & Concrete of Twinsburg was one of a handful of contracts awarded at Council’s April 24 meeting.

The village also will pay $9,000 to Nick’s Tree Service to remove trees at the site. Council did not have to adopt a resolution to go ahead with that part of the project because it is below the limit required for approval by legislation.

Service Director Jason Walters previously had told Council that parking has been a problem at Huntington Park during ball games since there is no designated lot, only on-street spaces.

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

A major purchase approved by Council is a ALC17, 17-cubic-yard leaf collection vehicle. The village will pay $52,422 to American Road Machinery of Canton for the vehicle.

Walters has said the leaf collector will be larger than the one the village now uses, and it should be delivered by mid-summer. The existing collector will be advertised for sale on govdeals.com.

Other purchases OK’d by Council include a 2019 Ford F-350 XL crew truck and Ferris IS3200 and SRSZ3 lawn mowers.

The truck will be purchased from Park Ford of Tallmadge at a cost of $41,000, with an additional $7,500 needed to outfit the vehicle for use by the service department. The mowers will be purchased from Northfield Power Equipment at a cost of $22,250.

OTHER  MATTERS

Starting with the Jan. 1, 2020 term, the mayor’s salary will increase from $35,000 to $40,000 per year after Council approved the raise. Councilmen Gary Vojtush and Keith Czerr voted "no."

Council confirmed the mayor’s appointment of Desiree Dlugokecki as a part-time firefighter-paramedic. She will work mainly at the MGM Northfield Park race track.

Mayor Jesse Nehez announced community garage sale days will be May 31 and June 1, and permit fees will be waived for anyone planning a sale then. Also, residential building permit fees will be waived for projects undertaken in May.

Fire Chief Jason Buss announced the village’s new ambulance is expected to be delivered in early May. He added hydrant flushing will run from May 6-24.

Buss said as of April 24, fire crews responded to 272 incidents this year (207 EMS-related, 65 fire-related), up 5 percent over last year for the same period.

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