More trees will soon be planted in the city, thanks to a grant from Cuyahoga County's Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program.

The city received $41,000 to purchase 50 trees, said Mary Kay Costello, director of Public Service and Development, at the City Council committee meeting April 25.

The trees will be planted on Circlewood and Glenbar drives, and West 210th Street between Lorain Road and Northwood Avenue. Trees will also be planted north of Northwood on West 212th, West 213th and West 214th streets.

Part of the plan includes whether Dominion Energy removes trees on Westwood Road at West 210th.

“Dominion is going through there,” Costello said. “If Dominion doesn't remove the trees, we'll use grant money to remove and replace those.

“Dominion has a policy that if a tree is perfectly healthy and is removed, they'll replace it.”

The project will cost about $45,000 with the city chipping in $4,000.

In the Finance Committee, members agreed to do street marking in high-density traffic areas,Costello said. “There's always sections of Lorain Road that are challenging for drivers.”

The committee agreed to hire Aero-Mark Company of Streetsboro at $19,500 to line major roads and Trafftech Inc. of Cleveland for $15,500 to mark major intersections. Money will be used from the Capital Projects Fund.

Costello also was seeking funds to purchase traffic signal parts from Baldwin & Sours Inc. of Columbus.

“We want to keep everything working well,” she said. “We had a lightning strike and an accident that damaged some of the signals. (Traffic Technician Kerry Sullivan) is always working to keep things working properly.”

Mayor Patrick Cooney also said the city will seek funding to purchase a new backhoe for the sewer department.

“This type of equipment will take time to get,” Cooney said. “Ohio Caterpillar said it can't guarantee the price in the future, but if we sign a contract, they'll hold that price.”

The price of a new backhoe is about $130,000, and the city would get a trade-in on its 2008 model of about $7,000.

Contact this reporter at blove@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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