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Richfield Council allocates funds for school resource officer

7/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Village Council agreed July 16 to spend $35,000 per year for three years on a school resource officer to increase security for the Revere Local School District.

Richfield will team up with Bath Township and Revere Local Schools for the school resource officer program, said Council Vice President Andy Ellis.

Police Chief Keith Morgan reported Revere Board of Education members interviewed candidates for the school resource officer position.

In her report, Mayor Bobbie Beshara said she and the police and fire chiefs will attend a Federal Emergency Management Agency training session on school incidents at Revere High School Aug. 12-13. The University of Findlay will provide the training at no cost to the village, the mayor said. [See related News & Notes item on Page 32.]

Also, Beshara said the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) held a hearing on a proposed Club Motorplex “car condominium” storage unit on Brecksville Road, near the Interstate 271 southbound entrance ramp.

Residents of the Apple Ridge area spoke on the proposal, which the applicant withdrew after the BZA declined to table the request for a use variance.

In addition, Beshara talked about Richfield Night at the Akron Aeros game, at which she threw out the first pitch. She said the Richfield game might take place in August next year.

Beshara also discussed the Dizmo house being burned down in a training session for the Richfield Fire Department and five other local fire departments.

“It’s sad to see the house go down, but the village wasn’t using it, and there was no interest in buying it,” the mayor said.

Fire Chief Jason Mihalek reported the training was “intense and productive, which has allowed us to sharpen our skills at interior firefighting and working closely with our neighboring communities.”

The fire chief also reported that his department is working with the owners of the old Consolidated Freightways building on the possibility of a similar burn-down training session.

Also during the meeting:

  • Service Director Melanie Baker asked residents to call her if they have damage from the July 10 rainstorm. She said she may include the damages in a petition for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.
    She also reported stormwater runoff reached “an all-time high” after 17 days of rain, so service workers are trying to keep drains open and clean. Also, Baker said after her workers get caught up with brush chipping, they will try to perform that task once per week, weather permitting.
  • Recreation Director Ruth Jocek said her department received permission from the owners of the Richfield School property for parking and staging for the Community Days parade Aug. 9.
    She also reported her department received a grant from Dr Pepper and Snapple for 10 blue recycling bins for the hiking trailheads and baseball fields.
  • Planning and Zoning Director Brian Frantz reported the “blighted house” at 3852 Broadview Road could be demolished in the coming weeks. He said the bidding process for the demolition job is underway.
  • Finance Director Sandy Turk said income tax collections for June were up 24.2 percent over June 2012. For the year, collections are up by 7.6 percent over last year.
  • Councilman Mike Wheeler said the Park Board has been discussing a survey on what the community would want in a recreation center. Beshara added the survey will be mailed to residents.
  • The Finance Committee will meet Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room behind the mayor’s office. The Insurance Committee will meet in the same room Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.
  • Council President Rick Hudak said Richfield Trustee Janet Jankura has proposed the idea of a dog park. If the project comes to fruition, the money would come from a township fund and would be at no cost to the village or its residents, Hudak said.
  • Council turned down a proposal to reimburse the Council president for flowers, a food basket or donation for the funerals of village employees or their family members.

Council approved the following items of business:

√ to pay $22,900 to Auto-Tech Fire Systems to replace the hood and fire-suppression system at the Masonic Hall, as well as paying $39,753 to Morbark Inc. to replace the village’s chipping machine;

√ the additional expenditure of $500 for Community Days, bringing the total to $9,000;

√ to increase the Service Department’s annual uniform allowance from $450 to $800 and its stand-by time pay from $500 or $750 to $1,000;

√ to draft a contract that would allow the township to lease its office building for $1,200 per month, plus maintenance and expenses. The township’s 10-year free rent period will expire soon; and

√ to pay Lampion Corp. $20,000 to replace four street-light fixtures on Kinross Lakes Parkway.

Council canceled its Aug. 6 meeting, citing travel issues and preparations for Community Days at the end of that week. The next meeting is set for Aug. 20 at the Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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