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Richfield Village Council learns of best site for water tower

2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Woods Park would be the best site for the village’s proposed water tower, Service Director Melanie Baker reported at the Richfield Village Council meeting Feb. 18.

Baker stated three proposed water tower sites would not be able to provide enough water and pressure to service the village. Those sites are 3019 Brecksville Road behind Terry Point Motel, 3348 Brecksville Road in the area of Logwood Trail and Apple Ridge Lane and the Town Hall site.

She added the two best possible sites are Richfield Woods Park and the site behind West Richfield Cemetery. However, due to the scarcity of space at the cemetery, she advised that Richfield Woods Park should be the choice for the water tower.

“Sometimes the attributes of our rolling hills and vast changes in elevation that makes Richfield so beautiful is also sometimes our curse,” she stated. “In this instance, the beauty of the highest elevation is our curse, in that the highest point of elevation is what makes the water tower function at its best and allows for the entire community to be serviced.”

In legislative action, Council approved the following:

√ to declare the village’s 1997 Chevy S-10 truck to be surplus property. It will be sold to Montrose Ford, and the proceeds will be applied toward a 2014 Transit Connect wagon for the Recreation Department;

√ the placement of a 7.3-acre farm in the agricultural district for Don and Gail Shumaker at 3999 Brush Road;

√ a proposal from Ohio Plan Risk Management to provide property and casualty insurance for the village at a cost of $67,612;

√ an increase in hourly rates the village pays to GPD Group for its professional engineering services; and

√ the expense of $375 for a digital recorder for the Council clerk to replace the old method of recording meetings on compact discs.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Bobbie Beshara issued a proclamation honoring retiring dispatcher Jackie Ingersoll after more than 30 years on the job. The mayor said Ingersoll was instrumental in the development of technical upgrades and improved the acoustics of the communications center.

Ingersoll also received a Merit Award in 2003 for her work during the visit of President George W. Bush.

“It was a pleasure; I really enjoyed my time here,” she said. “Remember, old dispatchers never die. They just turn down the volume.”

The mayor also honored two local businesses for their inclusion on the Weatherhead 100 list of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Group Management Services Inc., led by President Mike Kahoe, has been in Richfield since 2004 and grew by more than 55 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to village officials. Group Management Services helps companies with the administration of payroll, benefits, Workers’ Compensation and safety compliance, according to village officials.

National Interstate Co. was represented by President and CEO Dave Michelson. Founded in 1989, the specialty property and casualty insurance company has been in Richfield since 2003, according to village officials. National Interstate made the Weatherhead list for the fifth time.

Beshara also thanked the village’s department heads for completing their annual reports, which are available on the village website.

In other news:

  • Police Chief Keith Morgan warned residents that scam artists have been posing as IRS agents and asking people for their personal information.
    “The IRS does nothing by phone or email,” he said.
  • Fire Chief Jason Mihalek advised residents to be careful of flooding as large quantities of snow begin to melt. He stated drivers should not travel through flooded roadways.
  • Recreation Director Ruth Jocek said the second Summit County Master Gardeners program at the Eastwood House was very well attended. She also announced that this year’s Community Days celebration will take place Aug. 10.
  • Planning and Zoning Director Brian Frantz said he will attend an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency conference with Beshara in April.
  • Finance Director Sandy Turk reported the village’s financial position got stronger in 2013. Revenue was up 2 percent, while expenses were down 7 percent.
  • Council Vice President Andy Ellis announced the Safety Committee will meet March 25 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.
  • Council President Rick Hudak noted a change in Council committee assignments. Councilwoman Barbara Lanford is now on the Finance Committee, while Councilman Mike Wheeler is on the Public Works Committee.

The next meeting of Richfield Village Council is scheduled for March 4 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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