Macedonia moving closer to additional Crossings access

New entrance to cost $303,544

KEN LAHMERS
Correspondent

MACEDONIA – The city’s long-awaited right-in, right-out access road from Route 8 to the Crossings at Golden Link shopping center is getting closer to reality, with City Council about ready to award a contract.

At council’s June 11 meeting, legislation was introduced to award the contract to C.A. Agresta Construction of Cleveland in the amount of $303,544. The work would include the new access road and decorative light poles.

Law Director Mark Guidetti explained the plat for the new road must be recorded before the contract can be awarded. The contract legislation will be on second reading at council’s July 25 session.

City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said the project likely will commence later this summer, and will take up to two months to complete. The access road has been talked about for seven years, and will ease the traffic burden at the Route 82 entrance to the Crossings.

Meanwhile, council authorized Gigliotti to prepare plans and the mayor to seek bids for repaving of Highland Road from South Bedford to Empire Parkway. The city has been awarded funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission to pay for a portion of the project.

OTHER BUSINESS

Council approved accepting a Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council energized grant for 2020, which will go toward the cost of lighting a Longwood Park ballfield.

Council also adopted a resolution authorizing the finance director to request and accept federal CARES Act funds through the state of Ohio and Summit County as laid out in Senate Bill 310.

The resolution states that all CARES Act funds received will be spent to cover city costs applicable to coronavirus relief. Senate Bill 310 established a procedure for distribution of the funds to local governments.

Ordinances were approved to transfer the position of payroll administrator from the finance department to human resources, and direct the mayor to enter into a consent agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for bridge inspection services.

A section of the zoning code was amended to allow one detached private garage of no more than 600 square feet on a lot, plus another accessory building not to exceed 288 square feet. However, two accessory buildings would be allowed if they do not total more than 288 square feet.

Councilman and former planning commission member David Finley said the change will reduce the need for residents to seek variances from the board of zoning appeals. “This will make a lot of people happy and be less work for the BZA,” added Councilwoman Jessica Brandt.

Heading to second reading at council’s next session will be legislation setting forth a plan of operation and governance for the NOPEC natural gas aggregation program, and establishing an opt-in program to expand natural gas supply options available to residents, businesses and other consumers.

The city previously established an “opt-out” natural gas aggregation program.

An “eligible customer” shall be one that is eligible to participate in the opt-in program in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code’s administrative code. Persons ineligible for opt-in governmental aggregation are those under contract with a retail natural gas supplier in effect on the effective date of the ordinance authorizing opt-in aggregation, and those already being supplied with natural gas commodity sales service as part of another governmental aggregation.

Mayor Nick Molnar reported that since the city already has paid half the cost, it will go ahead with fireworks July 4 at Longwood Park. “We expect a lot of people to view them since many communities have canceled fireworks,” he said. Social distancing practices are encouraged.

He thanked a handful of companies and individuals for donating items associated with the fight against coronavirus, playground cleaning services and food for police and fire personnel. He added a new recreation director is close to being hired.

Finance Director John Veres reported the city has refunded $80,275 in income tax payments to residents so far.

Fire Chief Brian Ripley said veteran firefighter Chip Davis has completed his cancer treatments and will return to duty, while Police Chief Jon Golden said Officer Brandon Heisler, who was injured when struck by a car last November, will return to duty soon.

Councilwoman Jan Tulley reported the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery Board has backed off from the possibility of buying land east of Olde Eight Road to expand the cemetery, but is continuing to look for land.

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