By John Edwards
On Oct. 12 Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring told City Council that six to eight two-person crews of Neptune employees would begin to remove existing water meters and replace them with new Neptune water meters during the last week of October or first week of November. Bring said the Neptune employees, who will have identification and drive marked trucks, will spend about 10 minutes at each residence and business replacing the old meters. The new, computerized Neptune meters will measure residential and business water usage and relay that information hourly to the Sheffield Lake Water Department’s computer system.
Bring said the replacement of old water meters citywide would take six to eight weeks, depending on weather conditions. The $1,050,000 Neptune Equipment Company water meter project will add a new line-item charge of $2.98 per month to residents’ monthly water, sewer and stormwater utility bills to cover the cost of the meters, installation, software and the water tower relay. The mayor also reported that a $40,000 Bureau of Workmen’s Compensation grant for the water meter project that had been rejected was in fact granted after Water Dept. Supervisor Pat Hastings contacted the Ohio BWC and pointed out that the information OBWC said had been missing from the city’s application for the grant was indeed in the application and had been overlooked by OBWC. The $40,000 grant will reduce the total cost to $1,010,000.
“The person Mr. Hastings spoke to said, ‘I don’t know how we missed it,” Bring said.
Council approved Bring’s appointment of Angela Wtulich to the Planning Commission on a 5-0-1 vote, with Councilman at Large Mark Cizl out of town and Ward 3 Councilman Bill Wtulich (Angela’s spouse) abstaining.
In legislative action, council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of bond notes in the annual rollover of the city’s debt from the purchase of Shoreway Shopping Center.
Finance Director Tammy Smith said the current rollover reduces the debt by $60,000, from $3 million to $2,940,000.
Council unanimously approved an ordinance accepting and approving a $146,455.91 bequest to the city Park Board “for establishment of park services” from the estate of the late Elvira Windsor.
Council also approved the lease of premises at 4118 Ivanhoe Ave. for a ‘Men’s Zone’ sports-themed barbershop.
Council President Rick Rosso announced that Trick or Treat hours for Halloween, Oct. 31, are 6 – 7:30 p.m., and a public hearing on the city’s 2016 appropriations budget at is set for 6:45 p.m. Nov. 24, at City Hall.
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