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Richfield Village officials discuss insurance costs

10/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Village may be facing higher insurance costs in 2014, Council learned at the Oct. 1 meeting.

Councilman Mike Wheeler talked about the Insurance Committee meeting that took place earlier in the day. Although insurance rates for next year are not yet available, they are expected to increase, according to Wheeler. The Insurance Committee’s next meeting will take place on Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Council held a work session before the meeting with Jim Holan and Chuck Keiper, who discussed their respective proposals for a natural gas aggregation contract for the Richfield community.

Lynn Richardson also appeared at the work session, talking with Council about the effort to maintain the historic Crowell/Hilaka Girl Scout camp. Council passed a resolution in support of the effort during the regular meeting.

Council’s work session also included a discussion of the extension of water service to the southern portion of the village.

During the regular Council meeting:

  • Fire Chief Jason Mihalek thanked the community for the success of the second annual Chili Cook-Off. The proceeds will benefit some of the department’s community outreach programs.

Mihalek also thanked University Hospitals for its donation of bleeding-control kits for Richfield’s police cars and ambulances.

In addition, Mihalek credited Lt. Robert Jones and firefighters Dan Dopslaf, Mark Tibbs, Chris Najsztup and Kevin Urban for their work in reviving a patient who was in full cardiac arrest.

  • Service Director Melanie Baker reported the Eastwood House repainting project should last for most of the first three weeks in October.

Baker also reported the village purchased road salt from the CUE Consortium for $39.84 per ton, a savings of approximately $5 per ton compared to last year.

  • Financial Director Sandy Turk reported September income tax collections jumped 9.8 percent compared to last year. For the year to date, tax receipts are up 6.2 percent.
  • Recreation Director Ruth Jocek talked about her department’s Oct. 5 collaboration on a Story Walk on the Carter-Pedigo Trail, which featured story boards of a book called “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.”

The next meeting of the Richfield Village Council is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

Council has also scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 5 before its regular meeting. The topic will be a proposed zoning code amendment that would allow the Planning and Zoning Commission to authorize signs that are located less than the prescribed distance from the right-of-way under certain circumstances.

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