Mantua – Mayor Linda Clark reported that she received letters of interest for the Village’s Planning Committee and Landmark Board. She recommended that Council appoint Robert Gaglione to Planning and Terry Vechery to the Landmark Commission. Both candidates were approved by Council and sworn in by Mayor Clark that evening. In addition, Mayor Clark shared two special event forms she had received. She submitted them for Council’s approval. This summer, the Soap Box Derby will be held on Saturday, June 18th, and the Headwaters Adventure Race will be held on Saturday, July 16th.

In other news, Village Engineer CT Consultants met with the Parks Committee and DMRC to discuss master planning for Buchert Park. Councilman Mary Hura, Chairman of the Parks & Shade Tree Committee reported that a survey would be sent out in January to identify residents’ wants and needs regarding Village parks. The findings will be used to help identify potential grant opportunities to fund the desired projects.

Rich Iafelice from CT Consultants announced that the ODNR formally notified the Village of the award of a $114,244 grant for the Headwaters Trail Mill Street Connector project. Work will begin in 2016. In related news, Council approved a resolution granting consent to ODOT to replace the bridge that spans a tributary of the Cuyahoga River on Canada Road in the Village limits. Legislation notes that ODOT will assume 100% of all costs on this project, which will commence in fiscal year 2016.

Lastly, Mayor Clark thanked Councilman Bill Zoller for his service on Council and the Fire Board. “While Bill and I have had times in the last four years that we didn’t agree,” Clark remarked, “we have been and will always be friends. Thank you, Bill, for your service to the Village.”

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Village Council will be held on Tuesday, February 16th at 7 pm.