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Council agrees to work with ODOT for road project

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

During the March 10 meeting, Norton City Council approved an ordinance granting consent to and agreeing to cooperate with the director of transportation of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in connection with the widening of South Cleveland-Massillon Road from Weber Drive to Interstate 76.

Administrative Officer Valerie Wax Carr said this project is expected to be done in three different phases, the first of which is not expected to begin until the summer of 2016.

Councilwoman Charlotte Whipkey (at large) asked Mayor Mike Zita if signs could be posted during construction informing residents businesses located on South Cleveland-Massillon will remain open during the construction. Whipkey said during the South Cleveland-Massillon construction project last summer, several local stores lost business because of the construction, and she didn’t want that to happen again.

Zita said it is something he will look into.

In other business, Council:

  • approved a resolution that city officials have said is a “housekeeping issue” that states the city’s intent on how it will use the loan it receives from the state for the Nash Heights East Sanitary Sewers Project. According to the resolution, the maximum aggregate principal amount of bonds, other than for costs of issuance, expected to be issued by the state is about $1.2 million;
  • approved the renewals of agricultural district status for farms located at 2392 Wadsworth Road and 4492 S.  Cleveland-Massillon Road;
  • had a first reading on an ordinance to rezone about 2 acres of vacant property located on South Cleveland-Massillon Road from I-1 (Industrial) to R-1 (Residential). A public hearing will be held on this matter at the March 24 meeting; and
  • thanked Zita and the police department for their work earlier that day in apprehending and arresting four fugitives operating a methamphetamine lab within the city.

Council next will meet for a work session March 17 and for its regular meeting March 24, both at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

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