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VILLAGE OF BOSTON HEIGHTS
45 E. Boston Mills Road
Hudson, OH 44236
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING - August 10, 2005 - 8:00 P.M.
[and Editor's Notes on Council Meeting.]
[Note: Council usually votes to "suspend the rules" and dispense with the three readings of each ordinance otherwise required by ORC 731.17.]
Council members present: Bill Goncy (President Pro Tempore), Mike Cheung
Jim Hudson, Annette Miller, Paul Palumbo, and Janet Miller.
Also present: Mayor Ray McFall, Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman, Solicitor Russ Pry, and Engineer Steve Schreiber.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MINUTES PRESENTED FOR CHANGE, CORRECTION OR ADOPTION
Minutes of the July 2005 meeting were approved.
Mayor Ray McFall reported meeting with ODOT about a proposed traffic signal
at Routes 303 & 8; Police Chief Joe Varga and Street Superintendent Jim Robinson also attended.
Engineer Steve Schreiber chimed in with details on this matter.
The state is offering $90K in funding to erect a traffic signal at
intersection of Route 303 (Streetsboro Road), Chittenden Road and the northbound exit ramp of Route 8.
The signaling system itself is expected to cost $50K-65K, with $8K-10K in engineering needed beforehand.
The Village of Boston Heights
need only agree to do the engineering; it will be reimbursed, and ODOT will then handle the actual installation
through its own contractor. The Village will then own the signal -- and be responsible for its maintenance and ongoing
costs of operation. The Mayor is consulting with the City of Hudson
about synchronizing this signal with that of the nearby Terex Road intersection with Route 303.
Mr. Schreiber will have a formal proposal for the engineering phase by the next Finance Committee meeting
(23 August 2005).
Councilor Mike Cheung asked whether this intersection was "worse" than the troublesome intersection on the other side of Akron-Cleveland Road, at Route 303 and Olde Eight Road. Engineer Steve Schreiber reported that ODOT has found this signal warranted due to the number of "false start" accidents at the intersection. (It is interesting to note, however, that there was no public hint of this issue until a complaint appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal.) There was some banter about whether the Mayor would notify Bob Dyer, the ABJ columnist who wrote up the matter back in January 2005.
Mayor McFall also announced that the Boston Heights Fire Department will hold its annual clambake on 17 September. He also noted that the Park Board's Community Flea Market will be this Saturday, 13 August.
Nick Kostandaras, the local representative to Summit County Council, made a few remarks on a recently-proposed additional 1/2% county sales tax. The proposal, which had various incarnations reported over the past few months, is "on hold" at least until next May's election. Mr. Kostandaras noted that he had heard much opposition to the tax, though he recognized that the county's mayors supported it. Originally the idea was to distribute funds to the Sheriff's Department, and to the county's municipalities for "economic development". The latter use was never fully explained, and other county entities demanded a piece of the pie.
William Hinkle, of Boston Mills Road, asked for an update on his question from
last month: whether there had been any progress on administrative efforts to have
Omni Turnpike LLC remove the obsolete freestanding signs from the demolished hotel at Hines Hill and Route 8.
Mayor McFall said he had not talked to Omni in some time, but would bring the matter up again.
(Last month, Mr. Hinkle observed that, in addition to the demolition project, removal was required by the Village's
Sign Code. Greg Baka of Omni Realty, who had been in the audience to witness a zoning change favorable
to that Company, stated that his company expected to pursue legal changes to the sign within a week. Nothing
happened since.) Mr. Hinkle noted that Omni's site was finally in the process of filling and regrading.
[Adopted as Ord. 21-2005]
AN ORDINANCE PETITIONING SUMMIT COUNTY COUNCIL TO CHANGE THE BOUNDARY LINES OF NORTHFIELD CENTER TOWNSHIP TO CONFORM WITH THE CURRENT CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE VILLAGE OF BOSTON HEIGHTS PURSUANT TO R. C. §503.07 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
This ordinance is intended to address the problem recounted by Solicitor Russ Pry at last month's meeting: most of the annexations in Summit County appear to have a technical defect in their legal process, among them the 1993 annexation from Northfield Center Township to the Village of Boston Heights, aka the "Adesa annexation", along Twinsburg Road.
[Adopted as Resolution 27-2005]
A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE VILLAGE OF BOSTON HEIGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, 2005.
There was no mention of who on Council, if anyone, had actually reviewed the various financial statements.
[Adopted as Resolution 28-2005]
A RESOLUTION PROVIDING APPROVAL FOR AN ASSIGNMENT OF THE FRANCHISE AND THE CABLE SYSTEM TO TIME WARNER NY CABLE LLC.
The Village has a franchise agreement with Adelphia Cable, establishing that company as the sole provider of cable TV service in the Village. Since Adelphia is being bought out by Time Warner, it became necessary to amend the franchise agreement accordingly.
[Adopted as Resolution 29-2005]
A RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY WATERSHED BALANCED GROWTH PLAN APPLICATION.
This resolution endorses efforts of the Friends of the Crooked River and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to create a growth plan for areas draining into the Cuyahoga River. The concern is that large-scale residential and other development will increase the impervious surface area of the watershed and decrease the water quality in the river and its tributaries. Of interest is that Watershed Balanced Growth Plans were called for in the Lake Erie Balanced Growth Program adopted by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.
Councilor Mike Cheung explained that, due to his absence, he was unable to report on
the Planning Commission
and Board of Zoning Appeals meeting of 3 August 2005. He promised to review the minutes
and make his report next month.
The next PC/BZA meeting will be Wednesday, 7 September 2005 at 7PM. Mayor Ray McFall, who is a member of the Planning Commission, noted that he would be absent and that Council President (Pro Tempore) Bill Goncy will stand in.
Council President (Pro Tempore) Bill Goncy reported that he had reviewed the Mayor's Court bank reconciliation
for July 2005,
and remarked on a number of regional meetings and activities.
Mr. Goncy reported that the he, Mayor McFall, and other interested villagers, attended the public meeting on the Krejci Dump cleanup project. While the dump itself is not within the Village, trucks hauling contaminated soil and debris will be passing through the village along Hines Hill Road and Route 8. Village Engineer Steve Schreiber has prepared a recommendation for the necessary road bonds.
Mr. Goncy attended a SWMP/PIPE meeting on stormwater management, where he asked the County to quote the Village on the geo-mapping of "outfalls" as required by the EPA. The best current estimate is about $2K, which may need to be budgeted next year.
Mr. Goncy reported on the recent Route 8 Marginal Road Stakeholders meeting, also attended by Councilor Janet Miller and William Hinkle. URS has been selected to perform the initial wetlands survey for the proposed route; their project and funding outline was reviewed. As the long-awaited TEA-LUA Transportation Bill has finally been signed, the feds would be providing $800K in initial funding for this project. The marginal access road is proposed to run parallel to and just east of Route 8, from Hines Hill Road to Twinsburg and on to Highland Road.
Mr. Goncy reported that he had attended the annual meeting of the Tax Incentive Review Council, along with Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman and appointed delegate William Hinkle. The tax abatement for McLean Company, now in its final year, was recommended for continuation.
Village Engineer Steve Schreiber reported that the
5 August deadline for bids on the new Village Hall septic system had come and gone -- with nary a bid
received. He recommended that the Village directly purchase all the materials and then contract the work
under a separate purchase order, as it would then be less than the $25K level requiring a bidding process.
Mr. Schreiber further reported that the contentious issue of pavement at the new Meghan's Lane subdivision
was finally being resolved: the disallowed pavement had been removed and new pavement was in the process of
being laid. However, there had been damage to the storm and sanitary sewers, and repairs were required.
He also noted a meeting on the Village's Issue 2 applications would
be held at the Village Hall on 23 August. On 20 August, a meeting would be held to interview
architectural firms on their qualifications to handle the proposed expansion of the Village Fire Station.
Mayor McFall announced that he had appointed Joseph P. Varga as probationary fireman, pending his physical exam. Solicitor Russ Pry will prepare the necessary resolution for next month's meeting, but it was agreed that Mr. Varga can begin his training in the meantime. Mr. Varga, who recently graduated from Hudson High School, is the son of Police Chief Joe Varga.
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