I welcome Robert Vidika as a part-time police officer whom I swore into office on March 15. Part-timers fill vacancies in the schedule, which reduces overtime costs. They are also able to fill our full-time vacancies when those positions become available.

The waterline to downtown will be delayed until the fall due to the backlog of waterline material orders. The new sewer system in Briarwood is continuing well and should be done before July 1, 2022.

We have scheduled up to 20 roads to be resurfaced this year, five to start and 15 alternates that can be done if we have time and money. 

Take pride in Richfield and adopt a street or neighborhood and help clean up the roadways for Project Pride on April 23. Paper shredding and recycling of electronics will be available from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. behind Village Hall. In honor of Arbor Day we are giving out various species of tree saplings at the Village Hall pavilion on the same day. The police department will offer safe drug disposal.

Through March 15, we collected $5,708,722 of the $35,491,402 budgeted or 16.1% of the budget. On the expenditure side, $6,570,056 was expended overall or 14.9% of the $44,143,558 budgeted for expenditures. The expected rate at mid-March should be approximately 20% of the budget being expended.

If you have question, concerns or comments, please contact me or my executive assistant at 330-659-9201 x234 or email me at mwheeler@richfieldvillageohio.org