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Lakemore Council moves well project forward

2/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — Lakemore officials believe getting another well will keep the village’s water quality flowing in the right direction.

At the Feb. 19 meeting, Council approved two pieces of legislation that would allow the village to obtain funding needed to hook up well No. 5 before the end of summer.

Council authorized Mayor Rick Justice to apply for and accept a Water Supply Revolving Loan with the Ohio Water Development Authority for the planning, design and construction of the well No. 5 project.

Justice said the low-interest 20-year loan would provide the village with $125,000 to better its drinking water facilities. He added the loan has an interest rate below 2 percent.

The mayor explained the village has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency on the project. Bids for the project are not yet in, however, he said.

“We will get the project bidded out and see the well in operation soon,” Justice said. “I will sleep better knowing another well is working at the well field.”

Council also approved the continuation of services with CT Consultants, of Mentor, as the village’s engineering firm.

Justice explained CT Consultants would help with the well project.

The village needed to have an engineer in place to apply for and take advantage of funding resources for the well project and other infrastructure projects, he said.

Additionally during the meeting, Justice announced Tractor Supply, a new business in the Lakemore Plaza, would hold its grand opening March 9.

The mayor said Tractor Supply is a community-oriented business, and he is hopeful the new store will spur on additional development in the village.

Before the meeting’s close, Council heard from resident Marty Davies.

She expressed frustration with village officials for “interfering” with an interested resident — Tracy Douglas — from running for a seat on Council. She accused Council of halting candidates from running for Council for two years in a row now.

Four seats on Council are up for election this November, and five candidates filed for the May Primary. Incumbents Laura Cochran, a Democrat, and Tom Wolfe, a Republican, filed for re-election. The other candidates besides Douglas, a Democrat, include Democrats Richard Cole and Josh Timko.

Council members Tammie Coontz and Troy Bradfield did not file to run for re-election.

Davies said it is the job of the Summit County Board of Elections (BOE) to decide whether or not a candidate is qualified to serve on Council.

Justice explained Village Solicitor Becky Doherty passed on pertinent information concerning Douglas’ criminal background to the BOE. It is the job of the BOE to certify candidates for the ballot.

On Feb. 15, Douglas was disqualified from running for an open seat on Village Council by the BOE, village officials said. However, after the BOE received information regarding Douglas’ background, he was approved for the ballot Feb. 19.

Also during the regular meeting, Council approved legislation:

  • authorizing the village to file an application with the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority for the Community Recycling Access Grant to support projects that would sustain and increase recycling activities locally;
  • authorizing Council to offer a stipend of $20 a month to employees electing to return the cellular phones provided by the village for use of their personal cellular phones, as a cost savings measure for the village;
  • approved an agreement with the Mogadore Fire Department for the sale of a 2001 Dodge Ram truck no longer being used by the village’s Department of Public Services; and
  • declaring the week of April 22-26 to be “Lakemore Cleanup Week” and April 27 as the annual village cleanup day. Justice said the cleanup day will begin at 9 a.m. at Upper Water Works Park. Participants will be given gloves and trash bags, and lunch will be provided, he said.

Council will hold its next regular meeting March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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