GREEN  In its first step in a planned roundabout project, City Council approved the acquisition of temporary and permanent property easements along Route 619 and Pickle Road at its Feb. 13 regular meeting.

Councilman and finance committee chairman Chris Humphrey said the affected property owners have been kept abreast of the Route 619/Pickle Road roundabout project and its progress over the past year and that purchase offers on their property will be made in the future.

"This legislation gives us the go-ahead to acquire this property because of the amount of space (the project) is going to take," Humphrey said of the project, which is expected to begin in the spring of summer of 2018.

Other actions

- Council also approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with Summit County for pavement striping throughout the city. Councilman Stephen Dyer said the city save money by entering into this cooperative agreement with the county and other participating municipalities.

- Council members approved an agreement with the Summit County Sanitary Sewer Department for the design and construction of the Route 619 sanitary sewer extension project; a resolution modifying certain appropriations in order to close out open purchase orders from 2017; and the purchase of a tanker pumper truck in the fire department from Finley Fire Equipment Company at a cost not to exceed $643,972. 

- Of the latter resolution, Fire Chief Jeff Funai said this expenditure has been approved as part of the fire department’s capital improvement budget.

- Council also accepted agricultural district code and benefits renewal requests on six properties. These renewals are reviewed every five years, Law Director Diane Calta said.