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Work planned on two northern county roads

11/1/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council’s Public Works Committee recommended Oct. 29 that Council adopt legislation regarding improvements to roads in Bath, Peninsula and Boston Township.

Through agreements with the Ohio Department of Transportation and federal funding through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, improvements are coming to North Cleveland-Massillon Road from Ghent Road to Ira Road in Bath and Riverview Road from the Cuyahoga County line to the Peninsula corporation limit.

The Cleveland-Massillon Road project will cost about $1 million and will include shoulder improvements, depth repair, resurfacing, catch basin repair and guardrail upgrades, according to Heidi Swindell, of the Summit County Engineer’s Office.

She added that the project is part of the 2013 Capital Improvements Plan, but the Engineer’s Office hopes to get the project “sold” this winter to get a better price for the job. The department is aiming to get the work done next spring, and it will likely take four to five weeks, she added.

The committee recommended two pieces of legislation regarding the Riverview Road improvements. One is for resurfacing and other improvements to the road from the Cuyahoga County line to Boston Mills Road, and the other is for the project from the Peninsula northern line to Boston Mills Road. That project is slightly more than $1 million for both parts, Swindell said.

That project is also slated for next spring, she said.

The committee also recommended Council adopt a resolution regarding paving of the county end of Collier Road, in Copley. The city of Akron completed the project, and the county will pay $145,000 for its share, Swindell said.

Also Monday, the Public Safety Committee recommended Council renew a contract for inmate phone services at the Summit County Jail.

Randy Briggs, of the Sheriff’s Office, said the contract was new last year and the county was promised the opportunity to increase the money it makes from the calls.

“I’m happy to report that last year we received $340,000 and this year, after the switch, we are up to $392,000 for just January through September,” Briggs said. He added the county is projected to receive $506,000 by the end of the year.

“This is very beneficial to the county,” he said.

The Personnel Committee recommended Council adopt a resolution confirming a contract with Ease@Work for the county’s employee assistance program at a cost not to exceed $95,000. According to Wendy Weaver, of the department of Insurance and Risk Management, the contract reflects a savings that was possible because the city of Akron was added for a total of 5,000 employees covered by the program, which provides counseling or legal help for employees.

Following committee meetings, Council heard budget presentations from Job and Family Services, the Veterans Service Commission, the Law Library and the Developmental Disabilities Board.

County Council will meet Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. for caucus and 5:05 p.m. for its regular meeting in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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