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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 – December 12, 2013
My staff and I met with the Vice President in charge of consumer repairs, the bridge Engineer, and the Lawyer representing Norfolk Southern railroad on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Representing the City (beside me) was our Law Director-Joe Diemert, Engineer-Nick Fini, Building Commissioner- Mike Hlad, Service Director -Jim DeGaetano, Structural Engineer -Ryan Cummins from GPD and Councilman -Shane Barker. I think we had the winning team. Whenever you deal with the railroad, the process moves very slowly with baby steps each meeting. I know this only too well because this is the fourth time I am in negotiations with them. This is the third bridge and the fourth negotiation was the quiet zone at the “at grade” crossing on Twinsburg Road. What’s it like to deal with them? Here are some for instances:
- Their Engineers say the bridge is fine structurally.
- Ours say “prove it, because we don’t think it is”.
- They say we should build a new bridge because it needs to be wider.
- I say… I think their bridge infringes on our right-of-way for Ledge Road. Safety for residents from debris and from derailment was stressed with Councilman Barker stating he fears a bad accident there.
And so it goes. Did we win this battle? I think the issue will be…can we win the war and get a new bridge without it costing us any money. ODOT was present at the meeting, and because of the widening of Interstate 271 there may be a door open to get this project, much like there is a door open to get our ramp moved, for financial assistance between ODOT and the railroad. The bridge abutments for the overhead 271 bridge are right next to this bridge.
In the meantime, Norfolk Southern has agreed to put in place further measures to protect us from falling debris from the crumbling bridge.
Just another quick reminder how important it is to get our police bulletins through Nixel on your phone. Just last night there was a neighborhood gas leak that could have lead to evacuation. That message was sent out with Nixel. If you are not signed up….you did not get that information immediately like those that have subscribed did. It is very easy to belong. Just send our zip, 44056, to 888777 and that’s all that you have to do to register.
Also, our Macedonia App has been working well and people are using it to contact City Hall with various issues. If you have a smart phone of any kind you can get our app by going to your App Store and search mymacedonia, all one word. Chuck hole season is upon us and this App will help you to notify us of their location. If you take a picture of the hole with your phone we will know the exact GPS location.
Court receipts for November were $29,462.21