TWINSBURG – The city will spend about $1.17 million on its 2020 road improvement program and the purchase of eight vehicles for the police department.

At its Feb. 24 meeting, City Council awarded a contract to Perrin Asphalt Co. of Akron to pave and/or improve several roads. The work will cost $643,913.

City Engineer Amy Mohr said four bids were received, and the following work will be done:

Full width asphalt grinding, asphalt/concrete pavement repairs, concrete curb and storm basin repairs and asphalt resurfacing is planned for Block 1 (Creekside Drive, Country Club Lane/Country Club Circle and Vail Drive) and Block 2 (Andover Drive, Landsdale Circle and Deeplake Circle).

Block 1 work will begin in May and Block 2 work in June.

Meanwhile, the police department will get seven 2020 Ford cruisers and one 2020 Ford F-150 super crew truck for $528,712 under the state bidding program. The total amount will be paid over a three-year period.

Council awarded the vehicle contract via emergency legislation after Police Chief Chris Noga said the cost would go up after April 2.

Noga said the vehicles will be hybrids, which is expected to result in fuel savings of about $200,000. He added cruisers log about 40,000 miles per year, and the new cars will have a longer engine life and should be in service for about four years.

Noga said Hall Public Safety, a Twinsburg firm, will outfit the vehicles, which will be painted black and gray and will bear new decals.

In other business, an ordinance finalizing permanent appropriations for 2020 was introduced, and likely will go through three readings before being approved. The total appropriations are $53.23 million.

Councilman Bill Furey said the budget is balanced overall, but not entirely in the general fund.

Mayor Ted Yates reported that the city’s sewage treatment plant will begin accepting flow of sewage from Reminderville about mid-year after about $1.9 million in upgrades to the plant which have occurred over the last seven years.

Yates said his annual "State of the City" address was well-attended, and he thanked all the residents who turned out. It was the first time the address took place in the evening.

Councilman Greg Bellan announced the final meeting with state auditors, who are conducting a performance audit of city operations to identify ways of operating more efficiently, is expected in early April.

It was announced that the parks and recreation committee still needs residents to serve from Wards 4 and 5, and there also is a seat open on the architectural board of review.

Finance Director Sarah Buccigross reported income tax collections in February were $2.3 million, up from 2019’s $1.7 million, and the total for the first two months of 2020 is $4.6 million, up from $3.7 million last year.

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