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The Suburbanite
  • Good news abounds a Lakemore council meeting

  • Good news was in abundance at the Oct. 21 Lakemore council meeting.

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  • Good news was in abundance at the Oct. 21 Lakemore council meeting.
    Mayor Rick Justice said the village was able to transfer some money that was in tied up in a fund. By doing so, it helped to bring the general fund deficit to under $600,000.
    "That is great news and it puts us well on the way of being out of fiscal emergency ahead of time," said Justice.
    Council members approved an emergency resolution to authorize the mayor, on behalf of the village, to request quotes for the Lakeview Street emergency culvert replacement project. Because of the flooding issues on the street Justice will obtain quotes from the bid list for the Front Street project in lieu of advertising for bids.
    "That is what the county wanted us to do," Justice said.
    Council will consider the lowest and best quote, conditional upon funding through the Summit County Community Development Block Grant Program. The community has received funding from the grant in the amount of $90,500 for the project and the village is supplying $2,500.00 in labor.
    Fire Chief Barry Saley applied for an additional grant through the State Disaster Relief Program that will assist with the project. It is hoped that the project will be finished in November.
    In other business Oct. 21, council
    • Heard about the success of the  Moving Ohio Forward Grant. With it, the village has been able to demolish five houses that have been considered as a nuisance. The village has five more houses slated for demolition and they have the ability to do 13 or 14 with the money they have for the project.
    "It is really making a difference and we appreciate the county working with us and providing this grant for us," said Justice.
    • Was thanked by Justice for its work in getting donations for the village Halloween party.  The budget for the party was bleak and the members of council took it upon themselves to go to businesses and get donations to help.
    “Looks like we will have plenty of funds to pull this party off and have a good time," said Justice.
    • Heard from resident Tracy Douglas regarding a resolution concerning Hidden Lake roads and assessments to property owners. Councilman Tom Wolfe explained that due to the bankruptcy of the company that built the subdivision the final top coat was never applied to the roads. There was not a bond to cover that. With fiscal emergency there was no money for the village to do it. The village has had to hire attorneys to set up the assessment. Wolfe said the village did look into recourse on the company years ago to no avail and they are working to solve the problem.
    The next meeting 7 p.m., Nov. 4 at the Municipal Building on Main Street.