Brunswick Council votes 5-1 to support school bond issue; Capretta votes no

With the passage of a resolution at its Oct. 9 regular meeting, City Council has officially endorsed Issue 17, the

BRUNSWICK ---With the passage of a resolution at its Oct. 9 regular meeting, City Council has officially endorsed Issue 17, the Brunswick City School's request for a 1.3 mill bone issue to build a new middle school campus on the site of the current Edwards and Visintainer middle schools.

"I think it benefits the community when there is a cooperative relationship between the schools and the city," said City Manager Carl DeForest. "And 37 percent of the cost of this project is being paid by the state of Ohio."

The vote was not unanimous, however, with Ward 4 Councilman Anthony Capretta voting against the resolution supporting the bond issue.

"I've been going door to door in my ward and everybody is saying no, they don't want it at this time," Capretta said, adding that his vote reflected the view of his constituents.

New police cruisers

The Brunswick Division of Police will be replacing three cruisers in 2018, following the unanimous passage of a resolution allowing the $125,000 purchase of the cars from Statewide Ford.

Police Chief Brian Ohlin said that due to production times, the delivery of new cruisers often delays the city's replacement process.

"This allows us to get the process started sooner," Ohlin said. "These cruisers will be replacing three others with high mileage and maintenance costs."

New track at Rec Center

Council members unanimously passed a resolution to enter into a contract with Interfinish, LLC for the design and installation of a new track at the Brunswick Recreation and Fitness Center.

Parks and Recreation Director John Piepsny said the 26-year-old track currently at the Rec Center is both showing its age and presenting safety hazards after up to 18 hours per day of use by Rec Center members.

Audit agreement

In cooperation with the Ohio Auditor's Office, the city will contract with Rea and Associates to audit the city from 2017 through 2021.

Following City Council's unanimous approval of a resolution approving the agreement, Finance Director Todd Fischer said the Rea contract, for $147,400 over the five years, represented the lowest and best bid received and is "slightly less" than what the state charged the city for auditing services last year.

Proclamations and announcements

Vice Mayor Patricia Hanek issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 20 "Made in Medina County Day" in Brunswick, recognizing the contribution of and career opportunities at the more than 300 manufacturing companies in the county, which employee more than 9,000 people.

In his department report to Council, Piepsny announced the upcoming Mommy-Son Dance, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick Rec Center, 3637 Center Road.

Tickets are $10 per person and more information can be found at www.brunswick.oh.us.

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