LAKEMORE  Mayor Rick Justice announced that Plaza Drive is now in use during the recent Village Council meeting.

The reopening of the drive is not only something residents have been waiting for, but Justice said the police and fire departments are also thrilled it is open. In an emergency, those departments no longer need to drive around to get into the plaza and can respond in a matter of seconds.

There will be lights added soon to the road and a walkway. The name Plaza Drive is already taken so to dedicate the road a new name will need to be assigned to the street. Justice said it took time and a lot of work on the part of the plaza owners, the village and the county to get it done and he thanked everyone involved. The project came in under budget, Justice said. The budget amount was about $165,000 and the total cost was about $162,000.

Legislation approved dispensing with the three reads were as follows:

- A resolution authorizing Justice to accept the proposal from Hammontree and Associates to perform an asset management study per Ohio EPA requirements. The plan is required to apply for future funding to improve the water infrastructure. The project is estimated at $18,233.

- A resolution to amend a resolution authorizing Justice to enter into an agreement with Walter Haverfield for legal services. It was determined that the previous resolution needed to be amended to include a copy of the Legal Services Agreement.

- A resolution to apply for grant funding from ServeOhio. The village would like to improve a community asset with grant funds. It would be used for infrastructure through community volunteer engagement. Grant awards will range between $500 and $1,000 for projects organized for Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27.

- Tabled a resolution to authorize the mayor to accept the proposal from CT Consultants to perform an asset management study. An asset management plan is required by the Ohio EPA to app;uy for future funding to improve the water infrastructure. The project is estimated at a cost of $20,000

- Council heard for the first time a resolution authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to apply for funding from the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency for hazard mitigation grant. It will be read again at the Sept. 4 meeting for approval.

- First read for a resolution authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to enter into a delinquent debt collection agreement with the Ohio Attorney General which offers an extended debt collection agreement. Funding that cannot be collected by LifeForce Management will be sent to the Ohio Attorney General’s office. The second read will be Sept. 4 and the third read Sept. 17.

- The Springfield Chamber of Commerce will be holding a business and consumer expo Oct. 6. To participate contact Jerry Michael, Natalie Mitchel or Rich Cole.

The next meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and Sept. 17 at the Municipal Building.