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Norton Council addresses infrastructure

3/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

In two meetings over the course of a week, Norton City Council moved forward on a number of improvements.

At the regular Council meeting March 13, Council refined the legislation authorizing the appropriation of property for the South Cleveland-Massillon Road widening project. Council amended descriptions of two parcels among those listed in an earlier resolution authorizing the appropriation action.

The city is appropriating property from seven owners with whom it has been unable to reach settlements, according to city officials. The city has agreed to prices for parcels from another 40 property owners along the construction route. Councilman Paul Tousley (Ward 4) emphasized the city is appropriating strips of property along the roadway, not entire parcels.

Council also:

  • adopted a resolution thanking Judy Dynia for nine years of service on the city’s Civil Service Commission;
  • heard second readings of ordinances establishing the salaries for the city’s part-time prosecutors and compensation for Justin Markey as city solicitor; and
  • heard an update regarding soil testing on Johnson Road. The testing of the core samples show the problems being experienced are not due to water infiltration but to problems with the base, according to city officials. Norton is working with the Summit County Engineer’s Office to seek a remedy with the original contractor.

A week earlier at a special meeting March 6, Council moved a step closer to having a new city website. Council passed an ordinance authorizing a contract with Civic Plus to design and maintain a new city website.

The contract will cost $13,500 for software and design plus $3,500 for support for each of the following two years for a total of $20,500, according to city officials.

The city badly needed to update its web presence as the current website software is so old that it is no longer supported by the manufacturer, said city officials.

Also at the special meeting, council authorized the administration to contract with Blue Technologies for scanning and document managing services.

Council will meet for a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting March 20 and for its regular meeting March 27, both at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, located at 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

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