NORTHFIELD – Contracts for the purchase of a security system for various village properties and the Village Hall west wall garage door area project were awarded by Village Council on Dec. 11.

After a recommendation by the village’s information technology consultant, Council awarded the security system contract to Windstream Communications for cameras at Village Hall, the fire station and service department locations on Ledge and Houghton roads.

The contract will cost $931 per month for services and $629 per month, plus a one-time upfront fee of $1,190, for equipment.

Meanwhile, HMH Restoration of Cleveland will do the Village Hall west wall garage door project for $21,425, plus the cost of any required village permits.

Law Director Brad Bryan explained that HMH Restoration handled the Village Hall south wall lintel removal and infill project this summer at a cost of about $44,000, and during that work it was discovered repair of the west wall near the garage doors was in the village’s best interest.

"We budgeted $100,000 this year for these Village Hall projects, and the combined cost of the two is well below the budgeted amount," said Bryan.

Council also approved paying West Roofing Systems $12,500 to install caps on the Village roof to prevent leaking between walls.

In other action, Council continued the appointment of Richard Wasosky of Euthenics Inc. as the village’s engineer from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.

Wasosky will be paid $116 for attendance at each of the first of two Council meetings each month, $116 for each additional Council and planning commission meeting, $116 per hour for his work on village projects estimated at less than $250,000 and $116 per hour for reviewing all development plans and specifications from private property owners and utility companies.

The ordinance also sets payment amounts for work on village projects and private property development plans by associates of Wasosky such as inspectors, surveyors, technicians and draftsmen.

Council confirmed the mayor’s appointment of Lisa Burrows to the recreation board. She will fill an unexpired five-year term, which runs until Feb. 22, 2022.

Moved on to second reading were three resolutions setting the rates of pay for full-time and part-time fire department personnel and a handful of other village employees. Bryan advised Council it could take final action on those resolutions at its Dec. 23 meeting.

Police Chief John Zolgus would receive $83,961 in 2020 and Bryan would receive a general retainer of $34,077, plus $129 per hour for additional work. The finance assistant would receive $21.53 per hour.

Fire Chief Jason Buss would receive $30,008 per year. Hourly rates for full-time fire department personnel would be as follows: captain, $23.77; lieutenant, $22.11; probationary firefighters, $17.14; one-plus year of full-time service, $17.80; two-plus years, $18.86; three-plus years, $19.71; and four-plus years, $20.57.

Part-time fire department personnel would receive the following hourly amounts: captain-paramedic, $18.13; captain-EMT, $16.95; lieutenant-paramedic, $17.70; lieutenant-EMT, $16.33; fire-paramedic, $17.26; and firefighter-EMT, $16.13.

With the village preparing for renovations at the fire station, Buss was authorized to dispose of unneeded equipment, while Councilwoman Renell Noack reported she has received 19 applications for military banners to be placed along Northfield Road.

Wasosky reported the planning commission is reviewing plans for a new Dollar General store on Northfield Road between Kennedy and Lowry boulevards. The panel will meet Jan. 15 to discuss a final site plan, with a recommendation likely to be voted on by Council later in January.

Wasosky asked Council reps to let him know of any projects for which the village could apply for Ohio Public Works Commission grants or loans in 2020. He suggested a traffic signal at Route 8 and Meadow Lane and repaving of roads behind Summit Plaza could be two possible projects.

Service Director/Building Superintendent Jason Walters reported crews made three passes on every street to pick up leaves this fall, and a new collection machine "worked really well." He said the village may want to consider leasing, rather than buying, new salt trucks/snowplows in the future.

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