LAKEMORE  A public hearing was held prior to the Dec. 17 regular Lakemore Council meeting for an ordinance approving the proposed amendment to Hidden Lake general plan

An ordinance for the Hidden Lake housing development was first adopted June 3, 1985, and was previously amended Nov. 3, 1998. A new general plan was included in a letter dated Oct. 12 from Environmental Design Group to the village planning commission. The planning commission voted unanimously 4-1 (with one member absent) to approve the amendment and the recommendations. All maps, drawings and plans of the zoning ordinance will be changed to reflect the amendment. The new plan is to reduce the number of dwellings from 549 to 395, which will allow for more green space in the allotment. Included in the area will be an empty nester project and the other half will be a Simply Ryan project.

Council added an amendment to the ordinance that a fee of $2,500 will be assessed and paid in connection with the passage of the legislation. Dale Ferraro of the Lababidi Group, the developer of the project, said it will cut Hidden Lakes Road through to old route 224 to be used as the construction road as soon as possible.  

In other business, council:

Council dispensed with the three reads to approve several pieces of legislation: Appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the village through the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2019; appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the village for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2018; an amendment to a previous policy and procedures manual that creates a job description for Water Treatment Operator in the Department of Public Services; authorized the mayor to apply for, accept and enter into a water supply revolving loan account agreement on behalf of the village for planning, design and/or construction of water facilities and designating a dedicated repayment source for the loan; authorized the mayor and fiscal officer to enter into a three-year property maintenance program agreement with Wide Open Property Maintenance Services for property maintenance services of all village-owned property. Services will be provided on a weekly basis between May 1 and Nov. 1; and authorized the mayor and solicitor to enter into a memorandum of Understanding with communities if Summit County for fire investigation cooperation. The memorandum includes the cities of Green, Barberton and New Franklin, the village of Mogadore and Coventry and Springfield townships to create a joint fire investigation cooperate.

- For approval at the Jan. 22 council meeting is an ordinance to amend a previous ordinance authorizing persons employed by the Lakemore Fire Department the right to wash personally owned vehicles within the Lakemore Fire Department firehouse. This right will be limited to twice each calendar month, or more often as may be necessary, if relating to additional work-related use of personally owned vehicles when attending to local fire emergencies. The cost to exercise the right shall be $10 per year. They are to provide their own washing materials.

- Read for the first time was a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Summit County and the City of Akron to remain as a user in the Summit County Akron Regional Radio System with a membership fee of $20 per radio each month.

- Several people attending the meeting spoke to the fact of how lucky the village is to have programs like Share A Christmas, Shop With A Cop and Springfield Cares to help so many at Christmas time.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 7 at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.