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Spring cleaning on tap for Lakemore

4/10/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Lakemore is springing back after a long winter and village officials could use residents’ patience during improvement work and their assistance tidying up.

At the April 7 Council meeting, Mayor Rick Justice announced work soon will begin on a new waterline in the village’s “Mohican area.” He said Lakemore secured a $90,000 grant last year to replace an old, 2-inch line running from Pawnee Boulevard to Oneida Avenue. Justice said residents could expect to see the installation of the new line this spring. He said the project will be appreciated by the residents who are experiencing significant ground water issues and it will improve the water volume flowing from the fire hydrants in that area.

“This project just will make things safer in the village,” Justice said.

He said the village also is focused on securing grants this spring for future upgrades to Sanitarium Road. He explained engineering work is ongoing to aid the village in applying for appropriate grants for an improvement project.

“Once we have the design ready for the project, we can try to secure funding for it,” the mayor said.

Also during the meeting, Council President Laura Cochran wanted residents to know nuisance abatement issues will continue to be addressed this spring, with $2,700 available to demolish more blighted properties in the next few weeks.

Justice added Lakemore will receive further funding through Summit County’s landbank program this year to address additional abandoned properties seen as local “eye sores.”

In other news:

  • It also was announced that April 21-25 would serve as Cleanup Week in the village. Residents are encouraged to clean out their basements, attics, sheds and garages and place unwanted items at the curb for trash pickup, said Councilman Chad Lance. According to village officials, pickup won’t include hazardous materials or electronics. Residents can, however, visit the village website, www.lakemoreohio.org, to learn how to dispose of these items and where to take documents for shredding, Lance said. The site also instructs residents on how to sign up to have old tires picked up for appropriate disposal at a cost of $2 per tire, he added.
  • Councilwoman Anne Snyder additionally discussed the village’s annual Cleanup Day, scheduled for April 26. She said participants should report to Upper Waterworks Park on Sanitarium Road at 9 a.m. Gloves and trash bags will be distributed to residents willing to help beautify the village for a few hours. Snyder said hot dogs will be served to all those who volunteer.
  • Councilman Josh Timko said the Department of Public Services will continue to address potholes. He added the department already has taken care of a few of the village’s potholes causing problems to motorists.
  • Cochran said the annual Memorial Day Parade will follow a new route due to the ongoing construction work at Springfield High School. She said the parade will commence at Lakemore Plaza, travel along Canton Road, down Springfield Lake Boulevard, through the heart of the village — along Main Street — and end at the former Edwin Shaw property.
  • In addition, Cochran said boat dock rentals still are available for the 2014 boating season. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis, she said. Applications can be printed from the village website and dropped off at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St., she added.
  • Council heard the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise to certify to the village the amount of a five-year, 2.5-mill renewal levy for the Lakemore Fire Department. The levy would be placed on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot, according to the proposed legislation. Village officials said more information on the issue soon would be forthcoming.
  • Council accepted the resignation of Tommy Gibbs Jr. from the Lakemore Fire Department and hired three new department employees — Jeff Kuykendal, Alexander Daniels and Anthony Falcone — for a one-year probationary period.
  • The annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 19 at noon at Upper Waterworks Park, with the Easter Bunny to be present. Those in attendance are asked to park in Lower Waterworks Park, Lance said. Refreshments will be available to benefit the Lakemore United Methodist Church’s Summer Fun Program, said Councilman Richard Cole.

The next regular Council meeting will take place April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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