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Richfield Village Council thanks out-going members

12/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Village Council thanked and congratulated its three out-going members at the Dec. 17 meeting.

Council members John Ciolkevich, Hank Novak and Ralph Waszak are finishing their terms as Council members. Running unopposed in this past November’s General Election were Roger Davis Swan, James Kahoe and former mayor and Councilman Michael Lyons, who will take their seats next year. Incumbent Andy Ellis also retained his seat.

Councilwoman Barbara Lanford called Ciolkevich an outstanding Council member and noted she and Mayor Bobbie Beshara convinced him to run for the position. He was elected in 2006 and served as Council president in 2010.

“I’m going to miss you guys,” Ciolkevich said. “It’s been a good working experience.”

“You did a wonderful job,” Lanford told Novak, who was elected in 2010. “It’s been a pleasure working with you.”

Beshara said it has been a pleasure to work with Waszak, a former mayor who was appointed to Council in 2012.

“We really worked well together this last year,” she said. “Thanks for all the advice you’ve given me.”

In other news, Beshara thanked everyone in the city government for their work this year.

“You’ve done a great job. You love this town, and there’s nothing better than serving this town,” she said.

She and Council President Rick Hudak also thanked out-going Council Clerk Lisa Spraggins, who resigned. Council is in the process of finding a replacement for Spraggins.

“You were available at all kinds of times,” Hudak said. “These days, that is very commendable.”

Also during the meeting:

  • Police Chief Keith Morgan thanked everyone involved with the Shop With a Cop program Dec. 14. More than 200 children from surrounding communities participated, including 18 from the Richfield area.
  • Fire Chief Jason Mihalek thanked Beshara for assisting his crew during a recent structure fire.
  • Service Director Melanie Baker reminded drivers to give snow plows plenty of distance on the roadway.
    “If you can’t see their side mirrors, they can’t see you,” she said. “They are out there for your safety.”
    Baker also asked parents to watch their children at bus stops, suggesting they stand together under a street light.
    She also asked residents not to push snow from their driveways across the street. She said diagrams for appropriate plowing will be available on the village website.
  • Recreation Director Ruth Jocek said her department received a NatureWorks grant of $51,346 from the state of Ohio to expand the playground behind Town Hall. The Bath-Richfield Kiwanis will provide the rest of the funding for the $69,000 project, she said.
  • Council approved a $20.8 million budget for next year, an increase of 6.6 percent from this year, according to village officials.
    Finance Director Sandy Turk called the budget “fiscally responsible” and said it emphasizes safety and health, economic vitality and fiscal integrity.
  • Waszak thanked the Richfield Town Trust, the Richfield Garden Club, Constantine’s Nursery and Garden Center and all of the volunteers who worked this year with the Tree and Landscape Commission.
  • Hudak thanked the Fire Department for helping his family during a recent emergency. He also thanked his fellow Council members for allowing him to serve as president this year.
    “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a labor of love,” he said.
  • Council approved an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to insure full-time village employees in 2014.
  • Council was set to vote on a zoning code amendment that would allow a conditional use for off-street parking lots and private parking garages in the Office and Limited Industrial District.
    Waszak made a motion to accept the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to deny the amendment. Before Council could vote, Jeff Badger, owner of Club MotorPlex, withdrew his application to place the business in the Timberlake Business Park.

The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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