NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – North Ridgeville Mayor Kevin Corcoran was the only speaker at the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on July 27 regarding the upcoming project that will involve the city and schools in placing two questions on the November election.
Meeting attendees included Director and Secretary of Parks and Recreation Kevin Fougerousse, Commission Chair Douglas Hayes, Commission Vice Chair Jessica Shuleva, School Board Liaison Jeff Grigsby, Board Liaison Dennis Boose and commissioner Keriann Roach.
The commission is important to the project because one of its main functions is “to approve all capital improvements, property acquisitions, equipment purchases, and projects in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000).”
Corcoran went over the voting questions that will be required for the project stating:
· The city will ask voters for a 0.2% local income tax increase for a recreation and community center that includes an indoor water facility, a sports complex with an indoor walking track and a seniors’ center.
The schools are in their second reading to reach an agreement to seek a bond issue for the construction of a new high school, elementary school and space dedicated to the Ranger High-Tech Academy.
Voters will need to approve both ballots for the city to begin construction.
Corcoran’s speech included the need for a cooperative effort with the commission to help attract a broader portion of North Ridgeville residents, not just residents with children in schools.
He also mentioned that many people had repeatedly brought the subject of a recreation center to him and that the subject had been circulating in the city “for decades”, he said, as well as a new center for seniors offering more space to provide seniors with additional courses and services.
Cooperation among all, he said, will save the city $18 million in construction costs, including HVAC needs and operating costs.
Corcoran also noted that the 0.2% local income tax increase would bring the city’s total income tax to 1.2%, maintaining the city’s position as always the tax rate. lowest income tax in Lorain County.
The mayor also spoke about an excursion he and other townspeople took to visit facilities in Willoughby-Eastlake that offer something for everyone, as North Ridgeville wishes. “We’ll use the Willoughby-Eastlake model as an example,” he said.
Dennis Boose noted that the entire project is “an amazing opportunity. The city has a good plan and the money can only be used for the plan.
Both the mayor and Boose agreed on the importance of holding community meetings ahead of the election, stressing the need to get both ballots passed and then plan a more effective communications strategy.
The mayor ended by informing the commission that external partners are being sought to participate in the project with the city and the schools.