MACEDONIA – Specialized Construction Inc. of Cuyahoga Heights will handle the city’s 2020 road repaving and repair program after Council awarded the firm a contract at its April 23 meeting.

The pact calls for the repaving of Broadmoor, Broadledge, Ledgeview, Navajo and North Chinaberry, plus annual preventative maintenance, at a cost of $1.1 million.

If the city follows Engineer Joseph Gigliotti’s recommendation to repave South Bedford Road from Route 82 to street address 8329 and the access driveway to Windmill Golf Center this year, the cost would rise to $1.3 million.

Repaving of the Macedonia Family Recreation Center parking lot, which had been considered this year, was put on hold. Gigliotti said one bid was received, with Specialized Construction having done similar projects in the city in the past.

Meanwhile, Gigliotti is putting together bid specs for the "right-in, right-out" access drive from Route 8 to the Crossings at Golden Link. Bids will be sought and a contract awarded in the next few weeks.

OTHER BUSINESS

Council approved two measures which Finance Director John Veres said will save the city about $330,000 this year.

One was the refinancing of bonds issued in 2010 for improvements to Shepard Road, South Freeway Drive and the Route 82 railroad overpass, and the other was suspending the city’s EMS billing contributions to the Fire Awareness Instruction and Respect program for the remainder of 2020.

Veres said the re-issuing of $3.45 million in bonds will save about $300,000 since interest rates are lower than when the bonds were originally sold. The bond amounts are broken down as follows: $2.53 million for the railroad overpass, $802,000 for South Freeway Drive and $116,000 for Shepard Road.

Fire Chief Brian Ripley explained the city chips in 10 percent of EMS billings for the FAIR educational program, or about $30,000 per year. He said the funding would be reinstated as of Jan. 1, 2021.

Council OK’d a new three-year contract with the Ohio Municipal Joint Self-Insurance Pool to provide city liability insurance. Veres said the annual premium will be about the same in the first year of the contract as it was last year. The new contract was effective April 1.

After Council’s approval, the city will continue its participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s road salt purchasing program for the winter of 2020-21, and is committed to buying 4,000 tons.

In light of the Regional Income Tax Agency’s decision to push back the deadline for filing 2019 tax returns to July 15, Council voted to extend the deadline for applying for city income tax refunds from July 15 to Oct. 15.

A resolution to declare the necessity for renewing a 5.07-mill operational levy last renewed in 2015 was moved to third reading. Veres said the effective millage is now 1.13, and the levy brings in $650,448 a year.

Once approved by Council, the city would ask the Summit County fiscal officer to certify the city’s total tax valuation and the amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy. A second resolution then would be needed to place the levy on the November general election ballot.

Mayor Nick Molnar reported the city faces a loss of $3.5 million in income tax revenue this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. "We’re doing what we can to cut the budget, and some recommendations will be forthcoming," he said. "Some layoffs are anticipated, but not among first-responders."

Molnar announced Recreation Director Angela Manley has tendered her resignation effective June 15. He added the job will be posted, and a new director will be sought. He also announced this year’s Spirit of Macedonia festival has been canceled.

Molnar commended all of the city’s first-responders for the job they are doing during the coronavirus outbreak. Ripley said his crew "is doing a fantastic job" and "nobody is complaining."

Amanda Trzaska served as Council clerk for her first meeting, which was conducted via a video hookup. She replaces retired longtime Clerk Josephine Arceci. Council President Jan Tulley said it is not known how long meetings will be conducted via video conferencing.

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