Sheffield Village officials are moving forward with plans to construct a new facility for the village's service department. Legislation received a second reading May 13 that will lead to issuance of $1.5 million in notes for the project, which will be built on 11 acres of village-owned property off Evergreen Parkway.

Mayor John Hunter said this was one in a series of initial steps the village has taken to prepare for the project. He said the village has owned the land for nearly 20 years. The village engineer has prepared some initial site drawings and conversations have been held with village employees about the new building design and use of adjacent land.

Next steps will include getting Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approval for the site drawing and hiring an architect to design the project, which will be through a competitive bid process. Hunter said he hopes to have the project completed by the end of 2020.

The village will seek five-year notes, in all likelihood, so it can take advantage of the lowest interest rates possible when it exchange the notes to bonds, the mayor said. Since becoming mayor in 2008, he said, the village has paid off its construction debts over 20-year periods. He noted that bonds to create an industrial park will be paid off in 2021 and the final payment on bonds for the village hall complex on Colorado Avenue will be paid off in 2022.

Michele Murphy is a freelance writer in Avon Lake.

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