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Cuyahoga Falls Council OKs grant for Good Neighbors Inc.

5/1/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

The city of Cuyahoga Falls is giving back to an organization that freely gives all year long to local residents.

At the April 28 City Council meeting, Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-Ward 2) said she asked Mayor Don Walters to set aside Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to financially assist the nonprofit organization Good Neighbors Inc. that serves all of Summit County by providing food and clothing to those in need, and he obliged.

The city is donating $2,000 to Good Neighbors, she said.

Council approved an ordinance approving the complete CDBG annual action plan for 2014 during the meeting.

Good Neighbors Treasurer Ted Moscow was present to express his appreciation to the community for the “generous support.”

“Thank you for all you do in this community,” Pyke told him.

Moscow said the donation would help fund the organization’s Christmas program this year. He said Good Neighbors works to meet the regular needs of struggling county residents and especially focuses on providing clothing and school supplies to children each summer, as well as food and presents at Christmas time.

Moscow said Good Neighbors always is seeking donations and volunteers to help the less fortunate.

Those interested in assisting the organization should call 330-928-8057.

Also during the meeting, Council approved changes to the city’s traffic control file, many revolving around the Portage Crossing development at the site of the former State Road Shopping Center.

The approved legislation makes these final traffic changes:

  • prohibits a right turn on red on Northhaven Boulevard going west onto State Road going north;
  • prohibits parking on Rainier Street on the even address side from Sedro Street to the dead end of Rainier Street;
  • prohibits parking on Kelsey Drive on the even address side from 1990 Kelsey Drive to Rainier Street;
  • adds signage designating westbound Portage Trail right lane at State Road right turn only, center lane straight only and left lane left turn only;
  • adds signage designating the left two lanes eastbound on Portage Trail at State Road as left turn only, center lane straight only and right lane right turn only;
  • adds signage designating the left lane eastbound on Portage Trail at Lillis Drive left turn only and right lane a right turn/straight only;
  • adds signage designating the left lane southbound on State Road at Portage Trail left turn only, two center lanes straight only and right lane right turn only;
  • adds signage designating the right lane westbound on Portage Trail at Lillis Drive a right turn only, the center lane straight only and the left lane a left turn only;
  • adds signage designating the left lanes east and westbound on Portage Trail at the Portage Crossing entrance as left turn only lanes, and the right lanes as right turn/straight only lanes; and
  • adds signage designating the left lane on State Road southbound at the Giant Eagle entrance as left turn only lane and the center and right lanes as straight only.

In addition, City Council approved the following legislation at the meeting:

√ accepting the Planning Commission’s approval, findings and amendments to the final plat of the Boulder Estates Phase 3 subdivision;

√ accepting the Planning Commission’s approval, findings and conditions of the major site plan for 1845 Bailey Road;

√ authorizing Director of Public Service Eric Czetli to enter into a contract without competitive bidding with Aclara Technologies LLC for the maintenance and support of the STAR/DCU hardware and software associated with the automatic meter reading system;

√ authorizing Walters to enter into a contract for cost sharing and reimbursement for public improvements with French Mill Run LLC; and

√ making certain findings relative to the transfer of a type D-2 liquor permit to Riser Foods Co., doing business as Giant Eagle, 2687 State Road.

Before the Council meeting’s close, Council heard an update from Finance Director Bryan Hoffman on the city’s current financial state. He reported the city is on budget. He did make mention of the property tax revenue being down about $160,000 from last year, at this point.

Hoffman specifically announced the city’s Fire Department did not receive the SAFER grant this year, which will negatively impact funding. He said the department is considering how best to deal with the loss of the grant.

He also told Council plans are in the works to make the city’s Natatorium more profitable. Hoffman said revenue most likely is down to a long, cold winter, but expenses have been controlled in response to the decline in membership.

There were no new pieces of legislation introduced during the meeting, so Council voted to cancel the next committee meeting on May 5.

Council will meet for a regular meeting May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

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