Highland Road repaving contract awarded in Macedonia

KEN LAHMERS
Correspondent
Kent Weeklies

MACEDONIA – Resurfacing of Highland Road is expected to start around the first of August and be completed by the middle of September after City Council awarded a contract at its July 23 meeting.

City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said the city received five bids for the project, and the lowest and best was from NES Corp. at $253,861. He noted half of the cost will come from an Ohio Public Works Commission grant and half from the Summit County permissive license tax.

“It’s no secret this road is in desperate need of some help,” said Mayor Nick Molnar. “This is a long-awaited repair, and I’m sure people who travel the road will be very happy. It’s a little rough at this point.”

As for another road project, the mayor noted work on the “right-in, right-out” access road from Route 8 to the Crossings at Golden Link was to start July 27. A contract was awarded last month. Molnar said some traffic delays can be expected.

The project is expected to improve access to the shopping center and alleviate some congestion at the other access point on Route 82.

In other business, council approved an agreement to acquire 3 acres at 9080 Shepard Road owned by Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to build a retention basin to alleviate stormwater problems. The transaction will cost the city $1. Bids for construction of the basin will be sought in the near future.

The 2020 appropriations were amended to reflect the creation of two new funds for deposit of federal coronavirus relief money.

Finance Director John Veres said $226,376 will go into one fund and $339,611 will go into the other.

Nobody spoke at a public hearing related to a plan of governance for the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council’s natural gas aggregation program. The city is a member of NOPEC.

NOPEC spokesman Charles Ramer explained the plan of governance will cut the time for residents to enroll in the gas aggregation program through an opt-in procedure much like what is offered for the electricity aggregation program.

The new procedure would apply to new residents or those who have left the aggregation program and want to get back in. A second hearing is planned during council’s Aug. 13 session, at which time a vote to approve the plan may be taken.

Council accepted a donation from Home Depot of $250 worth of live plants to be placed at Veterans Memorial Park, Longwood Park and City Hall.

Molnar urged all residents to obey the state’s mandate to wear facial coverings in public to curb the spread of coronavirus. He said any complaints about people not wearing masks should be addressed to Summit County Public Health and not local police. The phone number is on the city’s website.

The mayor reported Jason Chadock, the city’s new recreation director, will begin his duties Aug. 3.

Fire Chief Brian Ripley reported the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District assumed ownership of some home on North Bedford Road where flooding has occurred, and the fire department has been conducting training there.

Veres reminded residents they have until Oct. 15 to file for 2019 income tax refunds, and Gigliotti reported the Summit County Department of Sanitary Sewer Services will study an area north of Crow and Berkshire drives to alleviate problems of stormwater entering sanitary sewer lines. A meeting with residents will be scheduled.

Service Director John Hnottavange said a recent paper and cardboard collection day was a huge success. He added volunteers are doing a lot of work at Veterans Memorial Park.

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