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Message from the City Manager

Posted on: March 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Manager's Remarks 3/14/2022

WJR Nature Preserve Driveway Update on Route 57/Industrial Street property 

Last week Morton Salt and the City finalized the purchase agreement for the Morton Salt property, Parcel #’s 60-00008.002 and 63-01646.001 for the agreed upon price of $26,500 however, as there were trees that needed to be removed, prior to the signing of the purchase agreement, Morton Salt and I executed a simple agreement so that Haynes Construction could remove some trees for the driveway that will be built on Route 57 to enter the WJR Nature Preserve. Tree removal is not permitted between April 1st and September 30th in Ohio and we wanted to make certain we didn’t miss that deadline. (Please see attached information regarding Indiana Bats)

We also have finalized the agreements between the city and Morton Salt for the purchase of the Industrial Street properties and the sale of the Salt Street property to Morton Salt. This was started prior to my coming to the city and I am very happy that we are finalizing these agreements.  We are working with Ohio Title on the closing of these properties as well as the parcels on Route 57. 

Thank you to the Morton Salt team and our Law Director, Matt Simpson, for their hard work on these agreements. It is a pleasure working with each of them.

Brush pick-up

Please share with your neighbors and friends that monthly brush pickup will resume citywide beginning Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Please call 330-925-2045 by 3:00 p.m. the Tuesday prior to the first Wednesday of each month to add your address to the pickup list. Please place your brush, in manageable lengths, curbside prior to the morning of the pick-up date. Thank you for your cooperation.

Utilities Supervisor

Russ Barnes is with us tonight who started working for us last Monday as our Utilities Supervisor. We believe Russ will be a great asset to our team and might just become the best prankster the city has ever seen! (Ask Mike how he got him as Mike is close to losing his title😊) Welcome, Russ!

Grant Award 

The city received a grant of $2.6 million as part of the Community Funding Project submitted by Representative Anthony Gonzalez to the House of Representatives for our main transmission waterline project. This grant will help tremendously as this project is estimated to cost over $3.4 million to replace this main water line. The remainder of the project will be funded through a loan from the Ohio EPA. Thanks to Josh Slaga, our engineer from GPD and Mike Brown, our Utilities Director for working diligently to help secure these funds and, of course, to Rep. Gonzalez, the United House of Reps and the United States Senate for approving this project. We are very grateful!

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