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Mayor Don Kuchta
‘We are committed to provide the citizens of Macedonia exceptional constituent service. It is our goal to ensure that every encounter with our office reflects our dedication to the interest and well being of our beloved City and its citizens.’
Mayor’s Report – March 13, 2014
The House Bill 377 is still moving through the Ohio House of Representatives with a Senate Bill in tandem. This is the Bill that could be worth $62,000 to the City of Macedonia. $1 million is due to go to the Village of Northfield from the State for hosting a Casino. Some State Representatives feel that part of that money should go to Walton Hills and part to Macedonia to be fair. This was their idea and not ours. Can we count on this money? No. Could we eventually get it? Yes. Are there problems between us and Northfield because of it. No. We work in tandem with them in every phase of our Safety Forces and would never jeopardize our relationship. Macedonia has testified at the hearings saying that we could use some money because of infrastructure updates that can partially be attributed to the Rocksino. The perfect solution would be to give each community the amounts being addressed. We don’t want our neighbors being shortchanged.
There is so much happening in this town as far as infrastructure and building that it is mind boggling. You will soon see trees coming down on South Bedford for an assisted and unassisted living complex along with a private housing development. Orange barrels will pop up on Route 82 and Interstate 271. Be ready. Plan for it. Look for alternate routes. Sign up for our Police Nixle text program.
As agonizing as it is to deal with, remember that all of that building and road widening will help your City be stronger in the future. Also keep in mind that the City has no intention to evict people. The house that will be taken for the new Interstate 271 ramp was for sale before the ramp was even on paper. A check list of procedures mandated by ODOT are put in place to protect both the seller, and the City, to make sure nobody gets the short end of the stick.
We finally started to get road salt and will probably be playing catch up all summer. That’s how far behind our deliveries are. Using salt on our roads helps to keep us safe, but on the flip side we are expecting our roads to suffer greatly from this winter. There is a new product and process for dealing with chuckholes that is being tried in Cleveland. We will be watching this in the following months and will consider it in the future if it works as advertised. For right now we can only do the best we can with “cold patch”. This new product being tried in Cleveland claims to adhere better than cold patch. Cold patch fills a hole quickly…. and can leave it again just as quickly if conditions are conducive to that happening. The same hole can be filled 4 or more times. It happens all the time. If you have our Macedonia App on your smart phone you can take pictures of chuck holes and we will know exactly where you took that picture. The Macedonia app is now updated with new pictures of Council and staff and has even more important information to give you better service quickly and efficiently.
We have updated our City Website and are expecting changeover tonight. I anticipate it being much improved after weeks of intensive work by my assistant Diana and Julie D’Aloiso. I am copied on their efforts during the process and can verify the intensity! Go to www.macedonia.oh.us to see it, or you can access it from our smart phone app.
We are still taking applications from streets, neighborhoods, and Home owners associations to participate in our WEWS Building Better Neighborhoods program. Contact my office if you would like to participate in this program that will highlight our City as a desirable place to live. Your group will meet with, and establish a relationship with, our Police Department, and it will show that you and your neighbors care about safe neighborhoods. This will result in representatives from our City neighborhoods appearing on WEWS, Channel 5.
Remember we are only 7 days away from the first day of Spring and Happy Saint Patricks Day!