Medina OKs plans, assessments for road projects

Users of both Hamel Legion Park and Hunter Lions Park in Medina soon will see message centers like this one. The signs will show major features, such as baseball diamonds, and features, such as trails, that might not be so obvious.

Users of both Hamel Legion Park and Hunter Lions Park in Medina soon will see message centers like this one. The signs will show major features, such as baseball diamonds, and features, such as trails, that might not be so obvious.

The Medina City Council, Tuesday, April 1, launched the city toward road construction season when councilors approved plans and specifications and ordered road improvements for Chippewa Road West and roads in Tuckborough and Hunter Farms Addition.

The council also took up other business, including amending Medina’s tobacco ordinance to keep tobacco-related products, such as electronic cigarettes, out of the hands of youth under age 18. (See separate story on the tobacco ordinance amendments in this newspaper.)

TUCKBOROUGH

AND HUNTER FARMS

Public Works Director Steve Scherer described plans and specifications for mill and overlay work on Navajo Road West, Carriage Drive, Bridal Path Trail, Cabaline Trail, Capriole Drive and Trappers Trail. All of these roads are located in Tuckborough and Hunter Farms Addition. Their present width of approximately 24 feet will be maintained.

The city began culvert replacement last year and this year will make minor drainage repairs along with the project. Drainage improvements might include some curb or additional catch basins in some areas with minimal street grade. Drainage improvements are not included in the $282,694 cost of the project, Scherer said.

The City Council held simultaneous public hearings on whether to order the project and on the special assessment roll. After closing the hearings, the council approved both resolutions.

Owners of 75 benefiting properties will be assessed for 50 percent of project costs. Mayor Liz Weir said Medina’s assessment policy calls for assessing property owners for 50 percent of improvement costs for neighborhood streets. This is because motorists are not likely to drive through subdivisions on neighborhood streets in order to get somewhere else.

Property owners can pay the entire assessment up front or pay equal installments over seven years at 4 percent interest. A typical assessment will be $2,166.06. Owners of property on private roads in Tuckborough will pay $1,146.74.

Scherer expected construction to begin in May, with final completion in October.

CHIPPEWA ROAD WEST

The Chippewa Road West improvement project will be a shared venture between Medina and Loretto. The Medina City Council ordered Medina’s portion of the project and approved the special assessment roll for benefiting Medina properties.

Scherer said the project will run along Chippewa Road West from Pioneer Trail to County Road 19. The easterly 5,800 feet of road will be reclaimed and paved. The westerly portion of 1,300 feet will undergo a milling and overlay. This is the part of the project that will be shared with Loretto. Medina’s share of project costs for the east and west ends is estimated at $285,223. Loretto’s share for the west end is estimated at $32,258.

After the project and assessment hearings, the City Council voted to assess owners of 30 benefiting Medina properties 20 percent of project costs. Assessments will range between $1,303.35 and $4,033.98, depending upon the size and location of the property. Payment arrangements will be similar to those for the Tuckborough and Hunter Farms project.

Mayor Weir said that Chippewa Road West is a collector street, and this is why property owners will be assessed 20 percent. Medina’s special assessment policy distinguishes between neighborhood streets, such as those in Tuckborough, and collector streets that motorists drive along to get somewhere else. Owners of property on neighborhood streets pay more because, with the exception of garbage and service trucks, residents are the people most likely to use the streets.

Scherer expected work to begin in May, with final completion scheduled for October.

SCHERER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE

The City Council recognized Scherer for his 20-year public works career with Medina. He has worked his way up to public works director by serving as a foreman, maintenance worker, water and sewer operator, and part-time snow plow driver.

City Administrator Scott Johnson said Scherer “does an exceptional job with his staff.” He added, “It’s remarkable what they have accomplished.”

The resolution recognized Scherer for his leadership and vision in planning and constructing the new Public Works Facility at 600 Clydesdale Trail. His other accomplishments have included instituting “innovative and cost-saving measures through sharing of equipment and resources with other communities,” initiating staff training sessions and limiting work days lost to injury.

OTHER

In other action, the City Council:

APPROVED Kirsten Chapman’s request for a conditional use permit for an accessory dwelling at 1910 Iroquois Drive.

APPROVED combination park signs and message centers for Hamel Legion Park and Hunter Lions Park.

LEARNED that the Elm Creek Watershed District is planning to increase dues of member cities by 15 percent. Dues will be increased gradually at a rate of 4 percent per year.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

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