To the Editor - The Press
Mayor's Column for January 13, 2016
The holiday season is over and, looking back, 2015 was a good year for the city. The Ford plant is committed to producing the F650 and F750 trucks at the Ohio Truck Plant which has Sheffield Lake, Sheffield Village and Avon Lake sharing with the economic benefits of that facility. Based on the incentive agreement with the State of Ohio, the plant should be in production for many years to come. Our revenue projections came in slightly ahead of our estimate for last year and, among other things, we were able to repair city streets to the tune of one million dollars. But even that was not enough to deal with all of the streets that need attention. We will aggressively work on street repair and replacement once again this year beginning in late spring with another one million dollars budgeted.
We will hold Ward meetings once again this year with residents of Wards One and Two being invited to Learwood Middle School on February 3rd for a 7:00 pm meeting. The auditorium will be the new venue as the number attending will be larger due to the two wards meeting at the same time. The police and fire chiefs and the public works director will make brief presentations with most of the time scheduled for questions from the audience. A representative from Allied Waste Services is also scheduled to attend to discuss trash issues. Residents of Wards Three and Four are invited to attend a joint meeting to be held on February 24th at Avon Lake High School in the Performing Arts Center. That meeting will also begin at 7:00 pm and the same speakers are scheduled to be present.
The Lear/Krebs intersection project will be put out for bid in February with a start in May. The project includes a turn lane and a traffic light to facilitate the increase in traffic due to the interchange and the commercial and medical facilities being constructed just to the south of us. Safety is our primary concern. Traffic will be maintained throughout construction with some delays occurring but we will have to be patient as the project moves toward completion.
Avon Lake Regional Water and the City have two projects planned for 2016. Mull and Norman Avenues will have major work done as the water line will be replaced and the sewers will be separated. Informational meetings will be held on January 26 and February 18 at Learwood Middle School. Both meetings will begin at 7:00 pm. Due to the limited width of the streets, the project will require a rolling closure of the streets from one manhole to the next. Go to avonlakewater.org for further information. The second project scheduled to begin will be in the center of town affecting Inwood, Fairfield and Berkshire Avenues. Informational meetings for that project will be announced in the near future.
Along with the continued construction of the in-ground water storage facility and a 3 million gallon water tower, there will much to talk about. These major projects will help assure a reliable supply of quality drinking water for the future.
This year will be a busy one.