June 28, 2016

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Brunswick approves $50K in recreation center dues for new lockers

BRUNSWICK — City Council approved spending $50,169 Monday for new lockers at the community recreation center.

“Many of the lockers are old and rusty and just don’t close well. This will fix that problem,” said John Piepsny, director of parks and recreation.

The money for the lockers comes from membership dues at the center, so no city tax dollars will be spent, Finance Director Todd Fischer said.

Council also approved $133,620 for a new dump truck with a snow plow package.

Service Director Pat McNamara said this is the third plow truck the city has over the last two years following 10 years when the city purchased no trucks at all.

“This is an effort to renew our plow fleet,” McNamara said. “We went 10 years without any updates at all.”

In other action, Council authorized city Engineer Ryan Cummins to apply for Community Development Block Grant funding for a road reconstruction project on Blueberry Hill Drive. If the request is approved, construction would begin in 2015.

The city is completing the third phase of the resurfacing project this summer, using money from a block grant the city applied for last spring.

If approved, the grant would cover construction costs, but the city would have to pay for the engineering costs.

Cummins said the exact amount the city will apply for will be decided by Medina County officials later this week when they submit the grant on behalf of the county. The amount of money received will determine how much roadway gets paved next year.

“We’ll essentially pave as much as we can, whatever the money allows us to pave,” Cummins said. The paving being completed this summer will reconstruct the roadway to around the 1200 block of Blueberry Hill Drive.

The city applies for money to reconstruct Blueberry Hill Drive each year because it’s one of the few pockets of the city that meets the criteria of low-to-moderate income the block grant requires.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.