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Falls Council approves agreement with company

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

A longstanding issue officially was settled when Cuyahoga Falls City Council approved a pending piece of legislation at the June 9 meeting.

Councilman Jeff Iula (R-at large) said he is pleased City Engineer Tony Demasi, Law Director Russell Balthis, Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-Ward 2), Councilman Paul Colavecchio (D-Ward 5) and Karvo Paving Co. Inc. representatives could work out a “fair” modification to a contract agreement the company has with the city.

He said the debate revolved around cost overrun charges Karvo Paving was seeking from the city. Iula said the charges resulted from time that work stalled on Portage Crossing, an ongoing development project at the site of the former State Road Shopping Center.

“It took three months to get this ordinance resolved,” he said. “Let’s hope it is the end of it.”

Councilwoman Carol Klinger (R-at large) did not vote in favor of the contract modification that will pay Karvo about $380,000 in delay costs.

Pyke said Karvo originally sought about $570,000 in delay costs, but the two parties were able to work down the figure after a lengthy discussion on the matter last month.

She had said a $1.4 million grant the city received required work to start before the project developer, Stark Enterprises, was ready for it to, which led to the overrun charges.

Also at the meeting, Council approved the following parking changes in the city:

√ signage designating southbound Lillis Drive at Portage Trail as a right lane, right turn/straight lane only and left lane, left turn only;

√ signage designating northbound Cody Avenue at Portage Trail as a left lane, left turn only; center lane, straight only; and right lane, right turn only;

√ prohibiting left turn movements into and out of the State Road entrance of Get Go at 2816 State Road;

√ prohibiting left turn movements into and out of the State Road entrances on either side of a portion of the Portage Crossing development at 2855 State Road;

√ prohibiting parking on both sides of all streets under 26-feet wide in the Hidden Lakes allotment;

√ prohibiting parking on the even-numbered side of Hidden Lakes Lane;

√ adding a stop intersection on Hidden Lake Lane at Lake View Drive;

√ adding a stop intersection on Little Brook Drive at Hidden Lake Lane; and

√ replacing the existing two-way stop intersection at Shaw Avenue and 23rd Street with a four-way stop.

Council additionally introduced the following pieces of new legislation:

  • a resolution authorizing Director of Public Service Eric Czetli to apply for and accept financial assistance in the form of a grant or loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for the replacement of a 6-inch water main under Second Street;
  • a resolution authorizing Czetli to apply for a grant or loan from the OPWC for the replacement of a 6-inch water main under Schiller Avenue;
  • an ordinance authorizing Czetli to enter into a contract without competitive bidding with Arbor Construction Co. for the construction of sidewalks, landscaping and other public improvements on State Road, Portage Trail and Lillis Drive;
  • an ordinance authorizing Mayor Don Walters to enter into an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council Inc. retroactive to Jan. 1; and
  • an ordinance authorizing Walters to enter into an agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 2662, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Council will hold committee meetings June 16 to discuss the new pieces of legislation and a regular meeting June 23, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

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