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New Franklin to pave local roads

5/23/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

New Franklin City Council approved a resolution at its May 15 meeting to obtain paving services under the Summit County Engineer’s Office to chip and seal about 20 roads.

According to city officials, most of the roads are located around the Portage Lakes, and the project is estimated to cost $70,000. A portion of West Comet Road will also be improved, with the cost estimated to be $115,000.

Deputy Service Director Jeff Olson had suggested to city officials at the last meeting the work was needed to preserve deteriorating roads.

In other business, Council approved a routine transfer of $50,000 from the General Fund to the Dispatch Fund.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Al Bollas reported the city has had nine documented problems with its current phone service, and due to concerns for the impact on safety service, he is recommending the city switch to First Communications Inc., despite one year left on the original contract with Windstream Communications. More information is due to come to Council in the coming weeks.

Bollas also announced work has started on the state Route 619 and Manchester Road intersection improvement project, and some road closures are likely to occur in early June. Details will be announced as the closures occur.

Councilwoman Judy Jones (at large) announced she and her husband would like to sponsor the cost of taping several Council meetings in order for city officials to determine whether they want to move forward with that effort on a regular basis. The taped meetings would be made available to the public to view at home. The meetings were once taped on the Time Warner Cable access channel until about two years ago, when the company started charging for the broadcast. Council is considering the offer and will have to vote on the proposal.

The next Council meeting is set for June 5 starting at 6 p.m. with committee meetings, followed immediately with the regular meeting, at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

— By Maria Lindsay

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