MACEDONIA — The city is moving ahead with plans to create a "right in, right out" access road off Route 8 into the Crossings at Golden Link shopping center.

At its May 9 meeting, City Council authorized the mayor to enter into a cooperative agreement with Northfield Center Township relative to the project and associated assessment process.

Council also authorized the city engineer to prepare plans, specifications, profiles and an estimated cost for the project.

The access road has been discussed for several years, and would eliminate some of the congestion at the shopping center’s access points on Route 82.

The road will be situated between Culver’s restaurant, which is nearing completion north of the Great Escape, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. That is about 770 feet south of Route 82.

City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said the estimated cost of the project is not known yet, but it will be funded by assessing property owners / tenants in the shopping center. No city or state funds are expected to be used.

Former Mayor Joseph Migliorini said  previously the city had talked about a curb cut off Route 8 when the shopping center was first developed. The center opened in 2004.

"The businesses have put some pressure on the city in recent years to proceed with the curb cut," Migliorini said previously. "The project will allow for some additional signage, and it will be a big benefit to the businesses."

Mayor Nick Molnar said the cooperative agreement is necessary because the project is in the Macedonia-Northfield Center Joint Economic District.

Most of the Golden Link businesses are in the township, except for Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Culver’s and the Great Escape.

City officials said there is no timeline for the project to start, but they hope it will get under way yet this year. The JEDD board must sign off on the agreement before the project can move forward.

 

OTHER MATTERS

No action was taken on amendments to the city’s codified ordinances relating to medical marijuana dispensaries. Council wants the law director to check some state regulations covering those businesses before voting on the measure.

A resolution waiving the requirement for the construction of sidewalks and confirming a conditional use zoning certificate for Phase III of the  Spruce Hill Crossing planned unit development went to third reading.

Council favored an amendment recommended by the building commissioner to require that sidewalks be constructed in certain areas of the development.

Molnar announced the city offers several rentals that many residents are unaware of — tools, tables and chairs and the community room at City Hall.

Certain tools such as a weed eater and power washer, tables and chairs can be rented for $10, while the community room can be rented for $50 for residents and $75 for non-residents.

He also said there are two e-commence safety zones around City Hall where residents can go to safely make transactions (buying, selling, trading of household goods via social media).

Acting Fire Chief Brian Ripley reported the city’s new aerial ladder truck is expected to arrive from Wisconsin at the dealership in McConnelsville on May 19, and come to Macedonia shortly thereafter.

Service Director John Hnottavange reported rain has hindered installation of light poles at a Longwood Park ballfield, but the project will be completed when weather allows.

Parks-Recreation Director Angela Manley said the new online registration system is up and running, and fishing day will be June 22 at Longwood Park.

She added wrist bands for Spirit of Macedonia Festival rides will be available at a discounted rate until June 5.

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