NORTON: City Council has asked Barberton Mayor William Judge and Barberton council to delay the start of the installation of a new waterline along Cleveland-Massillon Road.
The emailed missive cites the harm the project might cause several businesses because of the timing of the installation, specifically Dayton Nursery, Milich’s Village Inn restaurant and the Budget Muffler Shop.
Dayton Nursery, in the words of the email, “will be particularly hard hit with any traffic shutdowns, delays or blockages” because it is a seasonal business and “sees a good portion of their yearly income derived during the project’s scheduled time.”
Milich’s “would miss customers they would have seen through some of America’s most cherished of holidays, such as Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day,” Norton council members wrote in the email.
Judge said this week that he is in sympathy with the situation, but to reschedule the project would result in added cost.
“We do not want to cause any financial harm to any business,” he said. “We will be meeting with Dayton Nursery to see what can be done to minimize the financial loss.”
The estimated cost of the project is nearly $2 million and will be financed jointly by Barberton and Norton along with grants from the state of Ohio.
Judge said posting signs leading up to the area indicating the road is open to Dayton’s and the other affected businesses is among ideas under consideration.
“The road will not be completely shut down,” he said. “A lane will remain open to traffic throughout the time the project is under way.”
Construction will continue for several weeks. It is in the same area as a bridge repair that kept the road closed for several months recently near Liberty and South streets and Cleveland-Massillon Road.
Barberton council met in executive session concerning the issue after its regular meeting Monday, but no report on the outcome of the meeting was given.
The email emphasized that Norton is not against the project. It also said, however that, “The city of Norton needs to stand by our long-established businesses as well as welcome new business.”