SOUTH RUSSELL — Village Council on Monday accepted $14,700 in grants from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council’s 2020 Energized Community Grant Funds.

About $8,000 of the total grant will be used on a new generator for the police station and about $7,000 for new LED lighting for the service garages, according to Mayor Bill Koons.

Village Council also discussed additional spending for this year including $246,000 for a new bridge for Lake Louise, as well as a playground fund, made up almost entirely of a $23,000 grant from NatureWorks. The village needed to purchase a sign for the playground for $98 to receive the grant, according to officials.

Council also discussed needed road repairs noting that Kensington Circle was a top priority based on ratings with repairs estimated at $275,000.

“We are slated to receive a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission,” Village Engineer Eric Haibach said. “It will account

for about $164,000 of

the repairs, which

brings the repair bill

[for Kensington Circle]

down to $111,000.”

Plans will be discussed further at the next Street Committee meeting and then brought back to council for a recommendation.

Two South Russell Village residents, Eli Jones and Gaela Witter, were present at the meeting to seek a resolution concerning what they described as faulty work done on their property.

“The caulking around building was incorrect,” Mr. Jones said, adding that the village inspector claimed it was some of the worst work he’s seen.

Biltmore Exteriors was contracted for the work, for about $23,000, which included a $500 security deposit, paid to the village by Biltmore, Mr. Jones said. The contractors and residents were unable to come to a resolution, so Mr. Jones and Ms. Witter requested that the deposit be refunded, which the council approved on Monday.

Council also approved a motion to host a second annual car show on Aug. 2.

Resident Avery Shinikawa, 16, presented preliminary plans to council regarding an Eagle Scout project involving the creation of bat houses in the community. Avery, a sophomore at Chagrin Falls High School, said he would return to council after finetuning his plan.

Village officials said they are accepting applications for a fire marshal, as well as a zoning inspector.

The next South Russell Village council meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

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