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Brady Lake's roads have so many potholes, the village posted signs warning drivers to travel at their own risk.
"I've been the mayor here for 22 years," Hal Lehman said. "The roads have never been this bad."
Last week, the village received a $250,000 loan for road repair.
"It's a weight off of the shoulders," Lehman said. "I've been stressing now for quite a while so this will really be a big relief."
Perrin Asphalt-Perrin Concrete, based in Akron, will be performing the work. The plan is to get to work on the seven worst roads, starting with Cox Avenue. From there, work will move to Leonard Street, Washington Street, Erie Street, Merrill Road, Westshore Drive and Iraquois Drive.
Bob Howard, a resident who helped pass the 2.71-mil road levy on last November's ballot, said it's great to be moving forward on repairs.
"I'm very pleased," Howard said. "It took several people chipping in to get things done. The mayor, clerk and council deserve a great deal of credit. Thank goodness the roads are getting fixed. It shows that if we work together, great things can be done."
Councilman Kevin McElroy also spoke on the importance of the repairs, from a council standpoint.
"People in this village has asked us what we are doing for them," McElroy said. "To be a council member, you have to live in this village. So people who live in this village and care about this village that are trying to do the right thing."
According to Perrin estimator and project manager Aaron Deemer, work can begin in as little as two weeks depending on a contract being drawn up.
"We'll mill off as little as we have to," Deemer said. "We're obviously going to be getting all of the potholes out. The more (of a thickness the asphalt is), the better for the roads. We'll be able to move people around on the roads during our milling process. If we do the full width of the roads when we pave, the roads will obviously be shut down."
Next month, Brady Lake residents will head to the polls to decide whether the village should be dissolved. Financial troubles have plagued the village in recent years and many fear there is no chance to catch-up. Lehman said that even if the village is dissolved, the roads will still be fixed.
"If the village is voted to be dissolved, it's not something that would even happen right away," Lehman said. "It would take at least a year or two and the roads would already be done by then. (Perrin) is going to get their money. The people voted in favor of the roads and we can't wait any longer for it."
All small Villages are struggling, especially since the State of Ohio shut down the Local Government Fund and used the money to balance the State budget in 2011. The source of those funds is mostly State Sales taxes and State Income taxes, which we continue to pay. The State (Governor Kasich) needs to replenish that Fund for small communities who all struggle. Brady Lake used to get @ $50 - $60,000 a year that went completely to roads.
Eliminating the Villageform of Gov't will make things worse. The next time any resident gets an information packet from the Council regarding the effects of eliminating the Village, READ IT! We'll still have the road problem, but won't have the ability to raise funds like we currently do, such as income taxes. Township Gov't. cannot collect income taxes, but the Village can, and ours is only 1% due to the frugal approach of our Village leaders. All the other taxes can be done by either form of Gov't, so what is the advantage of dropping the Village? There is none. Township Gov't is no more efficient.
Don't listen to the verbal complaints of some residents who want to lower their taxes. Hey, we all do, but 85% of our real estate taxes go to the Kent School District, and since KSU students who vote always say YES to increases in taxes, it probably will stay that way. Moving to Township Gov't isnt cheaper.
The main reason why our roads are a mess is that Gov. Kasich took away the Local Gov't Fund, our source of $$$ for road repairs.
That's great news! It's too bad someone didn't apply for the loan, however, if the American Legion of Kent opens up the Queen of Hearts to the Public, I hope they can donate some money back to Mr. Lehman for the Roads at some point and help the Village of Brady Lake for the Road Repairs in the near future! I am so glad this has been resolved! C