To the Editor - The Press
Mayor’s Column for February 1, 2017
The City of Avon Lake is now part of the Lorain County General Health District. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the health services that they offer by calling them at (440) 322-6367 or visiting their website: www.LorainCountyHealth.com. During the month of February, nurses from the health district will be visiting a number of locations throughout the county to provide blood pressure screenings and to explain how to get an at-home blood pressure cuff at NO COST. Nurses will also answer health questions and concerns. The wellness checks will feature a different focus each month for adults 55 and over and are at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The closest location for Avon Lake residents is the Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Rd. in Avon on February 10 and 24th. Please visit their website for a complete list of dates and locations. We all benefit from a healthy community.
You are invited to attend the annual ward meetings scheduled for February. The meeting for Wards 1 and 2 will be February 8th in the Learwood Middle School auditorium and Wards 3 and 4 will have their meeting February 22nd in the Troy Intermediate School cafeteria. Both will be 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. Several department heads will give a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session. If you would like to submit your question in advance, please visit our website at www.avonlake.org, or as always, you may ask your question at the meetings. We hope to see you there.
I have received a number of complaints regarding the repaving of Route 83, a project that is ongoing. We share your frustration with the problems with the resurfacing project. We received notice from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) on January 26th that a crew will be in Avon and Avon Lake on January 31st to restripe the faded temporary lines, weather permitting. Driver safety is a priority and inclement weather makes it difficult to see the lane markings. Unfortunately, the striping on the side of the pavement will not be completed until spring.
There is a misconception that the cities of Avon Lake and Avon are in charge of the repaving project because it spans our two cities. In reality, ODOT controls the project. The state of Ohio has encouraged communities to work together on various projects in order to improve efficiency as we deal with infrastructure improvements. We responded by partnering with Avon and applied for the project, which extends from Lake Road to Detroit Road. We were promptly awarded the funds that covered a major portion of the project cost (approximately 80%). We have expressed our displeasure with the status of the project which has a completion date of June of 2017. We will insist on a final product that meets everyone’s expectations.
The Cleveland Indians equipment truck will be leaving for Arizona soon which means that spring and baseball are not far behind. Go Tribe!