Safety and Public Works, August 2017

August 31st, 2017  |  Published in Observer Reports

Safety & Public Works Committee
Aug. 4, 2017

Present: Council members Nancy Moore (acting chair) and Anne Williams; citizen members Brian Gleisser, Austin McGuan and Jeremy Paris; Mayor Earl Leiken, CAO Jeri Chaikin, Director of Public Works Patricia Speese, Chief of Fire Patrick Sweeney and Chief of Police Jeffrey DeMuth

Ms. Moore called the meeting to order at 7:32 a.m.

The committee approved a request from Chief DeMuth that the city re-enter the Inter-Agency Agreement with Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court for the operation of the Community Diversion Program for 2018-19. The $12,000 two-year grant, added to $17,000 already in the fund, will cover costs of police overtime and supplies for this program for first-time juvenile offenders diverted from official court action.

Also approved was a request from Ms. Speese to enter into a five-year tax-exempt lease-purchase agreement with US Bank to finance the cost of a street sweeper. The lease would require five annual payments of $40,961; the total purchase price is $256,250. Trade-in value will be $70,000 at the end of five years. Sweepers are in use 10 months of the year to reduce the amount of street debris entering the catch basins.

Ms. Speese received approval to apply for and accept a $400,000 Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Member Community Infrastructure grant for the Fernway Sanitary Sewer Overflow Elimination project. The city would fund what the grant doesn’t cover in order to complete the multi-pronged project. The goal is to dramatically reduce the amount of sanitary sewer infiltration and overflow into Doan Brook and, ultimately, Lake Erie. The targeted area for repairs and relining comprises Norwood and Maynard roads (from Lynton to Parkland) and a portion of Parkland Drive.
Linda Lissauer

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