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Springfield Cable may lease vacant Lakemore building

3/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — Will Lakemore soon secure a lease agreement for the village’s empty police building? Stay tuned!

At the March 18 Lakemore Council meeting, Councilman Tom Wolfe announced the Springfield Local Cable Board Inc. (Channel 15) is very interested in moving its operations to the village.

He said the cable board will have a meeting March 27 and possibly make an offer to the village to rent the building shortly after.

“I think it would be a great fit,” Mayor Rick Justice said.

Village officials actively began marketing the building to potential tenants last summer.

At the time, village officials estimated the empty building, located behind the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St., could be leased for about $4,000 a month.

The village pays about $400 a month in utilities for the building currently, and these expenses would be taken over by the tenant, Justice has said.

According to Wolfe, the former police building would house the cable board’s offices and serve as a site for broadcasting and editing.

He added the cable board would still occupy a portion of Springfield High School, as well.

Further details on the potential lease agreement are not being released at this time.

Additionally during the meeting, Council approved an agreement with Roetzel & Andress for assistance with a proposed assessment project and debt issuance for roadway improvements in the Hidden Lakes subdivision, off of Sanitarium Road.

Council President Tammie Coontz said the work would not exceed $6,000.

Council also heard the second reading of legislation that would allow the village to enter into an agreement with Summit County Public Health to provide regulation and services for the monitoring of storm water pollution and enforcement of regulations prohibiting illicit discharges to the municipal separate storm sewer system of the community.

In addition, Council heard the second reading of an ordinance that would provide specific authority to the village administration for provision of services and regulation of water hydrants, sanitary sewers, curbside trash disposal and disposal of recyclable products and to review the reconnection fee.

Coontz announced a public hearing on the matter will take place April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

In other business, the Lakemore Easter Egg Hunt will take place March 30 at 1 p.m. at Waterworks Park and include the Easter Bunny. Donations of candy for the event are being accepted at the Municipal Building.

During the brief meeting March 18, Council approved taking $60 from the Council Fund to pay for prizes for the egg hunt. Coontz said the young village residents enjoy finding eggs with a little money inside.

“I believe our children are worth it,” she said.

Council will hold a workshop and stuff the Easter eggs on March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

The next regular Council meeting will take place April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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