Barberton City Council approved a cost sharing agreement Monday night between Barberton and the City of Norton to replace the waterline running on 31st Street between Wooster Road and Gardner Boulevard.
The projected three-month project will replace 16 inches of an undersized waterline that causes flooding. The repair will set the stage for paving and widening of the road.
“It will improve service pressure in the whole area,” Director of Utilities Jim Stender said. “We got started on part of the project in Barberton but not in Norton.”
The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) project cost is still being determined but will not exceed $2,072,946, of which Norton will pay $1,055,305.53 and Barberton will pay $1,017,498.47. OPWC will fund a portion of the costs.
Stender said the project should be finished by July 1 pending discussion about complaints from local businesses regarding road closure and limited to no access to their buildings.
With their prime season being April to June, business will suffer if patrons don’t have access to the road, Stender said. If pushed, the project will begin in three months.
Council also approved a transfer of $532,558 to the Lake Cinema Complex Fund Debt Service Budget to pay off the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 108 Loan accumulated during the previous tenant’s lease.
The HUD 108 loan is a provision through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and is a source of payment for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities and large-scale physical development projects, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Also transferred was $42,400 to the Lake Cinema Complex Fund Operating Budget to pay for repairs and maintenance expenses required in the sale agreement.
“It’s like when you’re selling a home and you need to make certain repairs before you lease it,” council member Terry Avant said.
-T. Michael McKenzie was reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission for a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017.
-Dr. Frank Lazzerini was appointed to the Board of Health ending Dec. 31 of this year.