July 24, 2016

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Brunswick hears concerns on North Carpenter project

Maria Kacik | The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — The reconstruction of 2,100 feet of North Carpenter Road could be pushed back another two weeks or longer.

Dozens of residents from the road and the neighboring Old Mill Village development attended Monday’s council meeting to point out what they say are flaws in the project.

A public meeting is tentatively scheduled for 5:45 p.m. July 2 at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, 3637 Center Road, to further discuss the issue with residents.

At its last two meetings, City Council did not vote on legislation to award a contract for the reconstruction to Youngstown-based Parella Pannunzio. On Monday they opted to organize the meeting with residents to attempt to iron out some of the difficulties residents see in the project.

Some who live along the North Carpenter project area told council Monday they are concerned about losing access to their driveways for a total of 10 days during the road’s reconstruction. During that time, they would have to park on nearby streets or receive permission to use neighbors’ driveways.

In addition, residents of Old Mill Village said they are concerned about cars avoiding the set detour — which would run from state Route 303 to Hadcock Road to Grafton Road. — and driving through their neighborhood. They said those cars might speed and could be a hazard to the children walking through the area.

“There is a grave concern about the safety issues with the flow of the traffic,” said Joe Salzgeber, an attorney representing the Old Mill Village neighborhood association.

Jim Nabors, president of the association, suggested that North Carpenter be closed to all northbound traffic south of Grafton Road during the project.

Salzgeber said if the neighborhood’s concerns aren’t addressed he may file an injunction against the city to stop the project.

“We all know any road project is going to hurt us for a time,” said Joe Delsanter, Ward 3 councilman and vice mayor.

“There’s no good way out of this folks,” he said.

Delsanter made a motion to reject all bids received for the project and rebid it with the requested changes. Council voted against the motion.

The ordinance awarding the contract for the North Carpenter project has only one reading left before council must vote on it. That reading could take place at council’s next regularly scheduled meeting on July 13 unless a special meeting is called to vote on it.

The Ohio Public Works Commission has offered up to $1 million toward the reconstruction project — about 50 percent to be paid through grants and 35 percent to 45 percent covered by 20-year, zero-interest loans. Remaining costs would be the city’s responsibility.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.