TWINSBURG – Oakwood Drive road and water/sewer line improvements will move ahead in 2020 after City Council awarded a contract Dec. 10 to Fechko Excavating LLC of Medina at a cost of $934,069.

A new water line will be constructed, sanitary and storm sewer repairs will be made and the road will be reconstructed, with 50 percent of the project to be paid for with a 30-year, zero percent interest Ohio Public Works Commission loan. The city will pay for the other 50 percent.

The project costs, including the OPWC loan, will come out of the following funds: two separate streets and roads funds, $614,069; water improvements, $140,000; sewer improvements, $120,000; and storm sewer improvements, $100,000.

According to Councilman Sam Scaffide, this is one of the last three water/sewer/road improvement projects in the Glenwood Acres neighborhood.

As for another planned project, Council approved a construction agreement for a water line extension at 9802 Chamberlin Road. The extension will accommodate NW Custom Homes’ proposed improvements to serve four vacant lots.

Council adopted the temporary 2020 appropriations, which total $29.55 million in the general fund and $51.39 million in all funds. That compares to 2019’s $29.9 million in the general fund and $52.16 million in all funds.

Councilman Bill Furey noted the Ohio Revised Code requires a government entity to adopted a final or temporary budget by Dec. 31. Permanent appropriations for 2020 must be adopted by Council by March 31, 2020.

An ordinance establishing salaries/wages and employment descriptions for non-bargaining unit city employees, and updating classifications of those employees, was approved, as were amendments to the "employees generally" ordinance.

Some of the categories covered under "employees generally" are employee classifications, insurance, vacation time, sick leave, drug testing, compensatory time, jury duty and paternity/maternity leave and unemployment compensation benefits.

Council previously had approved 2.5 percent pay increases for non-bargaining unit employees.

Council confirmed the planning commission’s approval of a final site plan for a 71-unit cluster housing development on 11 acres on the west side of Darrow Road between Miktarian Parkway and theWheeling & Lake Erie Railway tracks.

Called Wilcox Meadows, Darrow Road Development LLC plans to build homes for persons 55 and older on land bordering the Bel Mawr subdivision in an R-7 senior residence zoning district.

Council OK’d the bid lists for the 2020 road, striping and trees programs for projects exceeding either $25,000 or $50,000, and noted applications for vacant seats on the following boards and commissions are available at City Hall: architectural board of review; board of zoning appeals; civil service, environmental and planning commissions; Gleneagles Golf Course advisory board; and parks/recreation committee.

Keith Foltz introduced himself as the city’s new building director. He said he has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked for communities such as Brecksville, University Heights, Strongsville and Olmsted Township.

New Council President Greg Bellan reported city officials have met with a state auditor’s team which is handling the performance audit of city departments, and "good progress" is being made.

Daisy Walker made her debut as a new Council rep, having replaced Brian Steele, who lost the November mayoral election to Mayor Ted Yates.

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