MACEDONIA – The city has received good news from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study in that the statewide Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program committee has agreed to provide funding for two major intersection upgrade projects.

Mayor Nick Molnar announced the decision at City Council’s Dec. 12 meeting. However, the city will have to wait until 2025 to receive the 80 percent funding for the Ravenna-Shepard roads and Highland-Valley View roads intersection projects.

The CMAQ program committee has OK’d $1.37 million for the Ravenna-Shepard project and $1.8 million for the Highland-Valley View project. The city must come up with the remaining 20 percent for each.

According to AMATS, the committee approved 39 new projects statewide worth more than $106.6 million. AMATS received more than $12.6 million for eight projects.

AMATS is one of the state’s eight largest Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The CMAQ program committee reviews the projects submitted each year after each MPO evaluates and ranks its own projects based on the approved program funding policy.

"Without this funding from AMATS, these projects would consume a lot more of the city’s money," said City Engineer Joe Gigliotti.

In other matters at Council’s Dec. 12 session, members authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council to install a locker-style electronic device charging station at the Macedonia Family Recreation Center.

Molnar said the station will have 100 ports for charging devices such as cell phones, and the city’s information technology director will implement anti-hacking measures to provide security for those using the station.

Council also authorized the mayor to execute an agreement with the Summit County Public Defenders’ Commission for representation of indigent persons charged with violations of city ordinances. It is a routine annual procedure, and Law Director Mark Guidetti said the 2020 rates paid for an attorney’s services will remain at $170 per case.

Another routine annual matter OK’d by Council authorizes the mayor to continue a memorandum of understanding with the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for assistance in implementing soil and water conservation measures.

Gigliotti said the agreement allows the city to obtain free help with water and sewer related programming and pollution prevention, and receive assistance under an Ohio EPA Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System permit.

A resolution was read thanking Kevin Bilkie and Shane Barker for their tenures on Council. Starting in January, they will be replaced by Jeff Gargas and David Finley, who defeated them in the November election.

City Hall will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and Council’s regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 26 is canceled. Council’s next session will be Jan. 9, when a public hearing on proposed changes to the sign code will take place.

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