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Richfield Council hears recommendations for town center

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Former Richfield mayor and Councilman Ralph Waszak made suggestions to improve the center of town in a letter that was read at the Richfield Village Council meeting March 4.

Waszak thanked the village government for seeking the input of the Richfield Town Trust, of which he is the president, at the Feb. 11 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

“The vicinity near West Streetsboro Road and Broadview Road is our organization’s primary focus, so it was heartwarming to hear and see that improvements to this area are once again being contemplated,” he wrote.

On behalf of the trust, Waszak recommended sidewalks be installed on the west side of Broadview Road to connect that intersection to Richfield Woods Park.

“This improvement will benefit not only access to the park but to businesses along Broadview Road as well,” Waszak wrote.

He also noted sidewalks should connect the center of town to the Richfield Library to avoid the “unsafe situation” of pedestrians walking in the street to approach the library.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Bobbie Beshara said she will kick off her fitness challenge March 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Town Hall.

The free 20-week program is designed to help people exercise for 2,400 minutes through Aug. 10. That breaks down to 30 minutes per day, four days per week.

Checkpoints will take place on the third Monday of the month from April through July from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 4586 Streetsboro Road.

The challenge will culminate with special recognition for participants at Community Day Aug. 10. University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center is sponsoring the challenge. To register, go to Town Hall or call 216-285-4069. [For more on the fitness challenge, see “Richfield readies for next Fitness Challenge” in the March 6, 2014, edition or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

Beshara also reported she has been appointed to the North East Ohio Four County Brownfields Technical Advisory Committee.

Also at the meeting, Council approved the following:

  • to enter into a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the resurfacing of state Route 21. The village’s estimated cost is $60,180;
  • a resolution to buy a new sanitary sewer pump for the Glencairn pump station at a cost of $30,548;
  • the purchase of two 2014 Ford police interceptor sport utility vehicles for a total price of $50,200 from Valley Ford.
    Councilman Andrew Ellis noted the cost is more than $10,000 less than the cost the village would usually pay under the state purchasing program; and
  • to declare the former township/brown barn to be surplus property to be sold through competitive bids.

In other business:

√ Police Chief Keith Morgan gave an official commendation to Officer Rick Lorek, who helped to save the life of a resident who was not breathing and had no pulse.
The 33-year veteran officer conducted CPR and the patient recovered from the trauma, which took place Feb. 14.
“Officer Lorek’s quick and decisive actions contributed to revival in a case that could have ended in tragedy,” Morgan said.
Morgan also reported that Officer Mike Summers was beginning the 10-week DARE program for fifth-graders.

√ Recreation Director Ruth Jocek encouraged Council members to round up their neighbors to participate in the Project Pride Community Cleanup Day, which will take place April 26.

√ Planning and Zoning Director Brian Frantz reported zoning violation notices have been sent to the owners of the former Consolidated Freightways property and the former miniature-golf site. The notices are intended to eliminate the deteriorated structures on the two Brecksville Road properties.

√ Councilman James Kahoe said the Tree and Landscape Commission will have 2,778 trees to give away for Arbor Day April 26. He also said the Building and Grounds Committee will meet March 24 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

The next Village Council meeting is scheduled for March 18 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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