Herald Staff Writer
Norton City Council moved a trio of ordinances forward at the Jan. 19 committee work session, extending a water line on the city’s west side.
The Ohio Department of Transportation wants the line at its facility at the junction of state routes 21 and 261.
“They only wanted a 4-inch line,” city administrator Robert Fowler said.
Fowler said to make the line available to area neighborhoods, including Shellhart Road, ODOT would pay for the engineering and one-fourth of the cost of the line. Norton would pay the difference for a 16-inch line, which would be run under Interstate 76.
Council will also hear readings on a pair of ordinances governing the city’s $1.1 million 2021 street paving program and hiring a construction observer for it.
If approved, the city will pay Glaus, Pyle, Schomer, Burns & DeHaven Inc. up to $29,890 to watch over the city’s projects.
“We’re spending money to have eyes on the projects we’re spending money on,” Council Vice President Joseph Kernan said.
If council approves the ordinance, Barbican Construction will handle an ambitious road program. The city concluded there was money available to include the alternate bids so this year’s project will resurface Heritage Parkway; Rush Road; Dutt Road; Sandy Lane; Sue Lane; Inas Drive between Sandy and Sue lanes; Willbanks Drive; Shellhart Road between Easton and Cleveland Massillon roads; Cranwood Circle; Glenbrook Drive; Watkins Road; Mamie Street; Burg Street; Driftwood; Richland Avenue; Woodlawn Drive; Parkwood Avenue; Milford Street; Dale Street; Frontage Drive West; Jilian Avenue; Brogle Road; Waldern Road; and 4 Daves Drive.
“I want to thank the administration for coming up with the funding for this project,” Councilman Paul Tousley said.
“This is a really good program,” Kernan said.
Council will hear readings on a couple more water line projects, including one to extend a line down Wooster Road West to coincide with a paving project.
“We want to run the water line under before paving,” Fowler said.
Lockhart Construction was recommended for that project at $650,000.
The ambitious state Route 261 Loop water line project which, at $2.04 million, will link the Barberton/Norton water system with Wadsworth to the west and Akron to the east, is up for readings. Lockhart won the bid on that one, also.
Council will consider a pair of ordinances, totaling $28,629, to supply the fire station and city hall with plasma air purifiers as an added safety layer.
“This will continue to be a benefit even after COVID is under control,” Fowler said.
Five ordinances would bring several areas of Norton’s city code in line with the most recent state code, published in 2018. Norton’s code is currently set at the state’s 2005 code. Several council members wanted at least one more committee work session to digest it.
Council will also hear the first reading on the new tax incentive district on Clark Mill Road, discussed at the last work session.
“For those who don’t understand how a TIF works, the residents don’t notice any difference in the tax they pay,” Fowler said. “The county remits to us the full amount collected and we remit what’s due the schools and put the rest in a fund that can only be used for specific projects.”
In this case, the money would be used for infrastructure improvements along Clark Mill Road.