NORTHFIELD — Village Council learned June 12 that Phase I of the Houghton Road reconstruction project is ahead of schedule, and installation of traffic signals at Route 8 and Houghton hopefully will get underway in late August.

Meanwhile, Council awarded a contract to Euthenics Inc. to complete final design work for Phase II, which involves milling, repairs and resurfacing of Houghton from Vorderman Avenue to the west corporation line. The contract cost is $23,975.

Euthenics will prepare final construction, maintenance of traffic and stormwater management plans, specifications, a cost estimate field survey and contract bid books.

Engineer Richard Wasosky said Phase II involves milling a 3-inch depth of asphalt, repairing deficient base coarse and resurfacing Houghton from the west corporation line to 165 feet west of Vorderman Road.

In addition, the village also will mill, repair and resurface Vorderman Avenue from Houghton to Fell Avenue. Wasosky said a contract for the milling and resurfacing will be awarded in late August, with the project to begin by early September and be completed by late November.

In March, Council awarded a $1.02 million contract to Liberta Construction Co. of Akron for Phase I of the Houghton reconstruction. Total cost of that phase, including engineering, permits, advertising and legal costs, is about $1.4 million.

The village will receive about $700,000 in grant money from the Ohio Public Works Commission and about $127,000 from the Northeast Ohio Regional District for Phase I. The remainder comes from the general fund.

Houghton is currently closed to through traffic, with Beach Avenue and Electric Boulevard as detour routes. Phase I is expected to be completed in late summer.

As for other infrastructure matters, Wasosky said new catch basins are going in along Route 8 in front of Summit Plaza, and the Route 8-Ledge Road traffic signals project is wrapping up.

Service Director Jason Walters reported a lot of catch basins around the plaza are failing, and the village must consider replacing them in the near future.


Dan Ellenberger of University Hospitals was on hand to donate four AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for use by the police and fire departments. Police Chief John Zolgus said they will replace units that are 12 years old.

Village Council also took the following actions:

• Set a meeting for June 26 at 6 p.m. to discuss possibly amending city regulations regarding weeds and high grass after Walters reported there have been “some problems” with changes to the regulations made several months ago.

• Established a new fund — FEMA grant — where money for the fire station’s exhaust removal system can be deposited. The village has received $41,429  from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters grants program.

• Confirmed the mayor’s appointments of Brian Zajac as police lieutenant and Brian Zambach as police sergeant.

• Amended the limits of established open blanket purchase orders to enable the finance director to pay for items procured pursuant to such purchase orders.

• Adopted the 2020 tax budget for submission to the Summit County fiscal officer. Tax levies include one generating $200,000 for the general fund, two fire-EMS levies generating $310,000 and a police pension levy generating $25,000.

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