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Plans advance for Chestnut Ridge roundabout in North Ridgeville

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This story has been edited to clarify the fact that city council approved applying for the grant money, which would be used for the roundabout.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city will get a roundabout at Chestnut Ridge Road and Alternate state Route 83.

Some community members have contested the idea of a roundabout there, saying it would cause traffic to back up at Route 83 and Chestnut Ridge.

The project will be the Ohio Public Works grant-funded project for 2020. The city shifted its focus to the roundabout location after discussions paused with Avon on the Mills Road and Lear Nagle Road roundabout.

The estimated cost for the roundabout is about $700,000, but the grant money would cover about $350,000.

Council voted Monday to allow the city to apply for the grant money, which the city plans to use for the roundabout.

A resident who was unable to attend the meeting said it was not made clear on the agenda that Council would have a second reading on the proposed project, and that other residents were unaware that members would pass the project through Monday night.

Holly Swenk, councilwoman-elect of the 1st Ward, echoed those concerns and asked how people would be able to voice their opinions if the item wasn’t clearly placed on the agenda.

Councilwoman Michelle Hung was the only objection to dispensing with the third reading and said that residents wouldn’t be happy that their voices weren’t being heard. She also has opposed the roundabout, saying it is not a good use of taxpayer dollars.

Council debated the roundabout at a committee meeting July 16. Representatives from American Structurepoint Inc., the engineering firm that did a study on the roundabout and its location, said it would help the traffic congestion that occurs during rush hours.

One resident said at Monday’s meeting he feared the city had “roundaboutitis,” and that there were other projects the city could use the grant money for.

In other news

North Ridgeville will soon see more firefighters. Council amended an ordinance that will allow three more firefighters to be hired and then promote three new lieutenants.

Mayor David Gillock said they need more firefighters to be able to run the third fire truck and to be able to transport people. The fire exams already been taken.

Council also approved the purchase of land from North Ridgeville Schools. The land will cost $1 and will be used to expand Ranger Way so that fire trucks can get past the school gates, which are closed for 30 minutes during drop-off and pick-up times.

The city completed preliminary engineering for the project, but do not yet have a time table for the extension.

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or lyost@chroniclet.com.
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