Summer projects ongoing in Willoughby Hills

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Jul. 10—Willoughby Hills City Council will be reviewing bids that were recently received for repaving the City Hall parking lot.

This will be broken into two contracts, which will account for the parking lot itself and then the concrete driveway leading into the complex, 35405 Chardon Road, according to Mayor Andy Gardner.

"It may be the lazy, hazy days of summer, but work continues to get some important city projects accomplished," he said. "This is being done in concrete since our second project, the City Hall salt storage structure, is also being constructed and may serve to break up an asphalt driveway, but not particularly a concrete driveway."

Once council approves the bids, the city will move forward to get these projects started.

Using funds allocated from the American Rescue Plan for infrastructure improvements, City Engineer Pietro DiFranco went out to bid for repaving the parking lot. Bids were opened as of June 23.

In addition, the city plans to make improvements to the City Hall steps and signage.

"All these efforts should serve to ensure that our city has a nice aesthetic look to both our residents and our visitors to our city," Gardner said.

Fire hydrant painting has also begun in the city. While normally the Lake County Department of Utilities provides this service, a reduction in manpower has not made it possible for them to take on the task. They have, however, provided the city with the paint for the project.

The Service Department has acquired a part-time staffer to begin painting fire hydrants. Matt Diaz is starting with some hydrants in the Glen area, which includes Kennelly, Red Fox Pass, Trailard, Dodd's Hill and Dodd. The city has a list of nearly 300 hydrants and will continue until the list is completed.

If someone has a hydrant they want to make sure does not get missed, they may email the location to Gloria Majeski in the Mayor's Office at