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Lakeview Street project moving ahead

10/24/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village residents residing near one flood-prone area should see improvements made by the end of the year.

At the Oct. 21 Council meeting, Council members authorized Mayor Rick Justice to request quotes through Summit County, in lieu of advertising for bids, and subsequently enter into an agreement with the contractor with the lowest and best quote for an emergency culvert replacement project on Lakeview Street.

Justice said flooding occurs on Lakeview Street during heavy rainstorms, and replacing the culverts on Lakeview should provide much relief.

Recently, Lakemore learned it received about $100,000 for the project through the Summit County Community Development Block Grant program.

Should the project require additional funds, Justice explained Lakemore Fire Chief Barry Saley was able to secure additional support for the project through the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s state relief fund.

Justice said funding only is available in 2013, so the project must be completed by the end of December. He added the contractor should be selected by next month.

Also during the meeting, the mayor reported the village has torn down five houses to date through the Moving Ohio Forward grant program, with five more houses to be taken down soon.

“We have the ability to do a total of 13 or 14 with the money we have available,” Justice explained. “We appreciate the grant. It is making a difference.”

Justice also reported on the progress being made at Lakemore Plaza. He said the owners are seeking to attract new tenants and recently repainted the front of the storefronts and soon would restripe the parking lot.

Council additionally discussed, briefly, a possible road project in the future in the subdivision of Hidden Lakes. Councilman Tom Wolfe explained the development’s contractor went bankrupt, so a top coat of asphalt was never put down on the road in the subdivision. He said Council is setting up to have an assessment done as a way to possibly fund the top coat and keep the road from deteriorating further.

“We are trying to find a solution to the problem,” Justice explained.

In other business:

  • The annual Halloween Party for children will take place Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Building, located at 1400 Main St. Trick-or-treat hours will follow the party, from 5 to 7 p.m. Before the party, the Lakemore Firefighters Association will host its regular Halloween Pancake Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. at the station on Main Street. Council members said a costume contest for children and pets will be part of this year’s party, which also will include a backdrop for photographs. Wolfe said local businesses, specifically those located in Lakemore Plaza, are pitching in to make the event a success for the village.
  • Councilwoman Anne Snyder said the auction for the painted rain barrel will end Oct. 26 at noon, and the winner will be announced at the Halloween Party. The bids start at $60 and can be placed at the Municipal Building, she said.
  • Council will hold its next workshop Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

The next regular Lakemore Village Council meeting will take place Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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