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Richfield Village Council honors Revere boys soccer team

12/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The Revere High School boys soccer team was honored at the Dec. 3 Richfield Village Council meeting for winning the school’s first state championship last month. Richfield Mayor Bobbie Beshara is shown at center.
Photo: Jeff Gorman
The Revere High School boys soccer team was honored at the Richfield Village Council meeting Dec. 3 for winning the school’s first state championship Nov. 9.

Mayor Bobbie Beshara talked about her and her husband’s longtime involvement in local soccer programs and then called up coach Sandor Jakab to talk about his team.

“Thank you for the opportunity to be here and be recognized for this accomplishment,” Jakab said. “This has been a tremendous opportunity for our community to be recognized for the pride we have in our athletic and academic accomplishments.”

He also commended his players for maintaining a 3.625 grade-point average in the classroom while posting a 21-0-2 record on the soccer field.

Revere finished second in the state in Division II in 2010 and 2011 before losing in the district finals in 2012. This year, everything came together, he said. The team defeated Columbus Bishop Watterson High School 2-0.

“We were resolute to come back stronger than ever,” Jakab said. “We put egos and individual wants aside for the greater good.”

The Minutemen won the postseason tournament by knocking off four of the top 10 teams in the state, earning a No. 18 national ranking. Revere scored 101 goals and gave up 11, he said.

Individually, Revere’s top players included goalkeeper Joel Gerberich, who made the second-team All-Ohio squad; and Brandon Taylor, a two-time All-American and two-time Ohio Player of the Year, Jakab said. Taylor will be the first Revere player to compete in the All-American game in Philadelphia, Jakab said.

The meeting audience watched a highlight video of the Minutemen’s march to the championship.

Beshara read a proclamation honoring the team, which returned the favor by giving her an autographed soccer ball.

During the regular Council meeting, Beshara said LJB Inc. will look for alternate sites for the Richfield water tower.

Councilman John Ciolkevich said it’s possible to rent hot air balloons that can be inflated to simulate what a water tower would look like in a certain location.

Council President Rick Hudak said of the water tower, “We’re going to be looking at this thing, wherever it goes, for generations.”

In other news:

  • Police Chief Keith Morgan reported the Shop With A Cop program will take place Dec. 14.
  • Beshara commended Service Director Melanie Baker and her crew for the “beautiful lights” they have placed around town.
    Recreation Director Ruth Jocek said Richfield had snow on the ground for the Tree Lighting Nov. 29 for the first time in six years.
  • Planning and Zoning Director Brian Frantz announced the Comprehensive Land-Use Plan was adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC).
    “It took years and years of work by countless public servants,” said Councilman Ralph Waszak. “It’s good to have that finished.”
    Beshara thanked all the members of Council and the PZC for their work on the Land-Use Plan over the past dozen years, as well as former mayor Mike Lyons and planner Ken Crandall.
  • Council approved a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation for asphalt resurfacing and pavement work on state Route 21.
    “This will include Kirby and Kettering and will improve the aesthetics of Brecksville Road,” Waszak said.
  • Council did not approve a resolution that would have allowed Baker to advertise for bids for a new fire pumper/rescue unit. The resolution had three yes votes and three no votes, with one abstention.
    “This vote has nothing to do with the fire department or fire chief,” Hudak said. “It’s just that there are so many gray areas. We have three new Council people coming in less than a month, and the specifications are difficult to modify. It’s a very important piece of equipment that costs a half-million dollars.”
    Waszak and Councilman Hank Novak also said Council should reconsider the issue next year.
    “My fear is that if we wait until next year, the price could go up again,” Beshara said.
  • Council also approved its annual uniform and clothing allowance for employees, as well as a contract with the Summit County Public Defender’s Commission for the new year.
  • Council approved the expense of $850 for a holiday party for village employees and set next year’s salary rates with a 2 percent cost-of-living increase.
  • Council approved a police dispatch service agreement with Boston Heights.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road. A public hearing will take place at 7:45 p.m. for a proposed zoning code amendment for off-street parking lots and private parking garages in the Office and Limited Industrial District.

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