At their meeting April 25, South Russell Village Council passed an ordinance that will allow the village to spend $4,000 on new benches at the playground at the South Russell Village Park on Gell Road.

The council also approved an updated agreement with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council’s 2022 Energized Community Grant Funds.

This grant assists municipalities in conducting energy-efficient projects.

The roof at Village Hall that was done a few years ago was funded by this grant.

The council also passed an ordinance allowing them to accept American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money from the federal government.

The $392,188 that the village received from the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be put toward a stormwater retention basin near village hall.

The project was identified by the village engineer as being the top priority in the Updated Stormwater Study that he produced for the village. It will combat flooding by reducing downstream flows.

The total cost for the project is estimated at $520,00 with the village covering the difference, Fiscal Officer Danielle Romanowski said.

There is no official bid yet for the project.

The council also passed a resolution authorizing the increase in the micro-purchase threshold, adopting the uniform guidance procurement policy for the expenditure of ARPA funds. The purpose of that ordinance is to have a procurement policy for transparency purposes, Ms. Romanowski said.

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