LAKEMORE  Council members were excited to announce roadwork on the street into Lakemore Plaza will begin soon.

The transfer of funds was approved by council members for the road in the amount of $125,000 at the May 7 council meeting. The funds will be reimbursed by Summit County.

Mayor Rick Justice said there will be a preconstruction meeting soon and a date will be set to begin construction.

Council President Richard Cole said this has been a long process - about two years- and it took a lot of work on many people’s part to make it happen. He said it is exciting and something residents for years have wanted and asked for.

Funds were also approved to be transferred in the amount of $133,000 to afford the Sanitarium Road Water Main Extension project, which will be re-paid once reimbursement is received from Ohio Public Works Commission. This is another long-awaited project that will come to fruition.

Other approved business:

- A resolution to promote Roy A. Smith to part-time patrol officer.

- A resolution to accept the resignation of Jeffrey Hedrick from the Department of Public Services as of May 14. Justice said Hedrick has been an excellent employee and has received another opportunity.

- A resolution authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to apply for funding from the Edward Burnes Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The funds would be used to purchase three body cameras with installation and monthly maintenance. The funding sought is $20,000 - $15,000 from JAG and the required match of 25 percent of $5,000 from the village.

- A resolution authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to apply for funding from the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency for a Hazard Mitigation Grant to reduce flooding in the Pawnee Boulevard area.

- A resolution authorizing the mayor to accept the proposal from CT Consultants to perform general engineering services for six months.

- A resolution authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to apply for funding from the State of Ohio Natureworks Grant program to purchase playground equipment for Dodds Lakefront Park.

- An ordinance amending previous ordinances to combine the sanitary sewer reconciliation charge with the sanitary sewer base rate for residents and commercial sanitary sewer users. This is a change as to how residents will see the cost on their bills but is not a change in the cost. It will remain at $163.

- A resolution authorizing the mayor to accept the proposal from CT Consultants to perform an asset management study per Ohio E.P.A. requirements was not approved. The project is estimated at a cost of $20,000. Cole, Laura Cochran, Tracy Douglas and Anne Snyder voted no and Chad Lance and Josh Timko voted yes.

- This was the last meeting for Timko. Cole thanked him for all his hard work, his friendship and all the things he does for the village behind the scenes.

- Fire Chief Brett Reinbolt recognized firefighter Cody Conley for his service to the Lakemore Fire Department. Conley is entering the Air Force and will be gone for a year.

- Resident Julie Cole spoke about the progress of the Spartan Trail and that volunteers spent April 21 collecting trash along the area where the trail will go by the Lakemore Plaza.

- Resident Justin Knox asked council about the tornado siren. Reinbolt said the siren is not a tornado siren, but one that was used to call in the volunteers for the fire department. It can be used if someone is in the department to sound it. However, there are alternatives for warnings including Reverse Alert which residents can sign up for on the village website www.lakemoreohio.org.

- Council members went into executive session for the sole purpose of considering the investigation of a complaint against a public official.

- There was no action after the executive session and the meeting was adjourned.

UP NEXT: The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m., May 21 at the Municipal Building.