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East Smith Road nears opening in Medina

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    The city of Medina is hoping that East Smith Road will open by the end of this week or early next week. But the intersections at South Broadway and South Court streets might not be resurfaced this year.



MEDINA — If everything works out according to plan, East Smith Road could be open by the end of the week.

Of course, that’s weather-dependent, city Engineer Pat Patton said.

If things can’t be wrapped up by the end of the week, he said the opening could be moved to the early part of next week.

The plan was to asphalt the two intersections of South Broadway Street and East Smith Road, and South Court Street and East Smith Road.

“We might not get to that this year,” Patton said.

He said the asphalt plant closes in early December and doesn’t reopen until the spring.

Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co. is handling the construction on the $1.4 million project, which stretches from South Broadway to South Jefferson streets. It replaced water lines, pavement and storm sewers.

“It should be a nice, smooth ride through there,” City Assistant Engineer Fred Himmelreich said.

The current phase of the project started in early September. Previously, East Smith was repaved from South Court Street to South Broadway Street.

Crews were working on curb ramps Wednesday.

In other council news

  • The Finance Committee approved a resolution supporting Medina Schools’ grant application through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federal grant will be used to construct a trail linking Reagan Park to Eliza Northrop Elementary School.
    Medina Schools has engaged the engineering firm Environmental Design Group LLC to examine the site conditions, prepare drawings and specifications for the 400-foot path.
    There will be a 50/50 split for the cost of the project after receiving the grant. The dollar figure was not available.
    City Parks Director Jansen Wehrley said the path will lead to additional parking for people coming to the school, give Northrop another exit point and provide educational resources for children.
    It was approved by emergency clause 6-0. Ward 4 Councilman Jim Shields abstained because he also works for the school district.
  • Ward 1 Councilman Bob Starcher, who was sworn in by Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Dunn on Monday, was appointed to the CRA Housing Committee, Firemen’s Dependent Board and Cable ACCESS Committee. The CRA Housing and Firemen’s Board spots expire Dec. 31. The Cable ACCESS spot expires Dec. 31, 2020.
    Mayor Dennis Hanwell appointed Brian Hilberg, former Ward 1 councilman, to the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission. This spot expires Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Council voted unanimously to renew the city’s contract with Medical Mutual of Ohio for 2019.
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