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Richfield Village officials discuss new recycling program

3/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield residents may soon have the opportunity to recycle old clothes, sheets and towels along with their trash and other recyclables.

Service Director Melanie Baker discussed the program at the March 18 Richfield Village Council meeting.

ReWorks, the county’s solid waste authority, is working with Simply Recycling on a project, which would distribute recycling bags to residents for textile products like clothes, books, coats, sheets and towels.

If Richfield adopts this program, it would be free to residents and the village, and the recycled textiles would be collected on trash day.

“More than 85 percent of recyclable textiles end in the landfill,” Baker stated.

She said she would talk to Law Director Bill Hanna about a contract proposal for the project.

In legislative business, Council:

√ approved the appointment of Peter Schueler to the Board of Zoning Appeals. He will complete the term of Councilman Roger Swan, who had to resign due to being elected to Council, by serving through the end of 2015;

√ passed a resolution urging voters to support Issue No. 1 on the May 6 ballot, which is a renewal of the state capital improvements program that would issue $1.875 billion in capital improvement bonds;

√ approved a NatureWorks grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the construction of a playground on the Town Hall property;

√ revised the rules for Richfield Woods Park and approved a new engineering contract with GPD Group; and

√ approved a resolution to accept grant funds and commit $20,000 in local matching funds for environmental testing on the former Highpoint Trucking Terminal, 3969 Congress Parkway.

“This has been a long, drawn-out process,” said Council Vice President Andy Ellis. “It will be great to see this come to a close and restore the property to an income-producing state.”

In other news:

  • Mayor Bobbie Beshara said she recently attended the State of the County, in which Summit County Executive Russell Pry had a question-and-answer session with a media member and the crowd.
    The mayor also commended the Richfield Police Department for stopping a motorist who was driving erratically down Interstate 271 toward Medina County.
  • Police Chief Keith Morgan reported more than 2,000 motorcyclists will participate in the 3095+ Freedom Ride May 17. The ride will begin at Whitey’s, 3600 Brecksville Road, and conclude at the Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park in Clinton, where the Gold Star Father’s Statue will be unveiled. Registration information is available at www.ovmpride.com.
  • Fire Chief Jason Mihalek reported his department helped other local crews battle a barn fire in Peninsula March 4. Working for four hours in frigid conditions, the firefighters managed to save all of the livestock, he said.
    Also, Mihalek commended firemedic Ron Boryk for participating in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb fundraiser in Seattle. Wearing full fire gear, he climbed 1,311 stairs in the 69-story Columbia Center.
  • Baker reported the construction on Brecksville Road and the bridge over Interstate 271 is scheduled to continue through June 4. Later in the summer, Broadview Road will close for the reconstruction of a bridge.
  • Recreation Director Ruth Jocek reported she and Beshara have conducted interviews for the position of recreation assistant.
  • Former Council member Pat Healy filled in as Council clerk. Cassandra Campbell resigned from the position to take a full-time job.
    “She [Campbell] did a wonderful job,” said Council President Rick Hudak.
    Councilman James Kahoe said the village was scheduling interviews to fill the position.

The next Richfield Village Council meeting is scheduled for April 1 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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