Sheffield Village

Council untabled and then retabled three ordinances and heard first readings of four ordinances Jan. 27 to reappoint Law Director Tom Smith, Mayor’s Court Magistrate Kreig Brusnahan, Prosecutor D. Chris Cook and state-certified building administrator/inspector Thomas Horseman to one-year terms in their current positions. Saying that Smith, Brusnahan and Cook had not received salary increases in five years, Mayor John Hunter said the one-year reappointments included 5-percent pay raises. Second readings of those four ordinances are scheduled for Feb. 10. Third readings will be heard at Village Council’s regular meeting Feb. 24, after which council will take a binding vote on renewing the appointees.

The three ordinances that were retabled include a sewer trunk line proposal and an agreement with the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools district that was tabled until May 12; an ordinance that would authorize an Enterprise Zone and local tax abatement with Oldcastle APG South Inc., tabled for one month; and an ordinance authorizing the village to purchase “various interests in real estate” from Abtroit Limited Partnership as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation Abbe Road widening. The sewer proposal is on hold while Hunter and Clerk-Treasurer Tim Pelcic seek outside funding; the Enterprise Zone agreement can’t be completed until approving paperwork arrives from Columbus; and purchase of right of way for the Abbe Road widening from Abtroit Limited must be delayed until agreements are secured from every retail business in Cobblestone Square.

“The Oldcastle Enterprise Zone agreement needs approval from the state because Oldcastle will be relocating some employees from Berea to Sheffield Village,” Hunter said. “The state has indicated that it will be approved, but they can’t send us the paperwork until it has the signature of one guy who’s out of town. Everyone else who has to sign the approval has done so.”

Council also unanimously approved Hunter’s appointment of reserve SVPD Officer Jordan Stephenson as a part-time patrolman. Stephenson was sworn in immediately.

Hunter said that Homewood Suites “is aiming at an August opening.” The hotel is now under construction adjacent to Interstate 90.

Council members unanimously approved a bookkeeping ordinance increasing and decreasing appropriations to balance the village’s accounts for audit purposes and upheld the planning commission’s

approval of a lot split for Dollar General on the southwest corner of Abbe Road and Colorado Avenue.

Councilwoman Jean Ackerman asked whether the Dollar General representatives had told planning commission members if the existing Dollar General Store next to Discount Drug Mart in the Sheffield Shopping Center would be closed.

“They said that store is a franchise and the corporation has no control over it,” Hunter replied. “We’ll probably have to wait and see how the new store, which is a company-owned, standalone store, is affected by the old one.”

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