by Sue Serdinak
Dec. 6 village council meeting
Richfield Village Mayor Michael Wheeler said water line construction on routes 303 and 176 would be stalled until spring because asphalt plants are closing for the winter.
However, crosswalks have been painted on the Route 303 at Humphrey Road and at the Parker Serdinak Trail. Another crosswalk has been painted on Route 176 at the Richfield Heritage Preserve. Poles and wiring have also been installed at these locations so that solar-powered-flashing beacons can be installed next spring.
Following the recommendation of Fire Chief George Seifert, Wheeler swore in a new fire medic to help fill the need for more part time staff. Alex Haffner is a recent graduate of the Tri-C paramedic program and works part time for Brunswick Hills Fire Department.
Seifert reported that the two fire trucks down for repairs were returned to the department. However, the brakes of one truck immediately started leaking air and went back to the shop.
Seifert said that he and Police Chief Michael Swanson would set up a team to utilize new drone equipment most effectively.
Wheeler swore in Steve Hoffman to fill the unexpired term on the park board of Alicia Woods.
Finance Director Sandy Turk announced that the village received a $10,000 anonymous donation for the Meals on Wheels program offered by the Senior Center.
National Interstate Insurance has donated used furniture for the office of the newly created position of village zoning inspector.
Park Director John Piepsny reported that the Snowbird Festival would be held at Richfield Heritage Preserve on Jan. 22 from 1-4 p.m.
Swanson told council that patrol officers usually advise the service department when snow has accumulated on residential streets. However, sometimes officers are held up in other parts of the community and may not be aware of bad road conditions. If road conditions are hazardous, residents are asked to call the dispatch at 330-659-9500.
Two council members had excused absences from the meeting so no readings could be suspended on ordinances and resolutions.
Council will hold its annual organizational meeting on Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. and the regular council meeting will be Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ∞