CONNEAUT — The school board and City Council met Monday night to discuss plans for the future, including a new school resource officer.
The meeting, which took place after council’s monthly work session, started with school officials thanking the city and City Manager Jim Hockaday for the work that was done to welcome Sgt. Thomas Cole Walker home last week after he was killed in a training accident on Oct. 20.
Walker returned home on the night of Oct. 29 to a large crowd. Along the route from Cleveland, fire and EMS departments had placed equipment on overpasses, hanging flags over the procession’s route and standing at attention as the convoy passed.
Walker’s funeral was on Saturday, and the school district had a candlelight vigil for him on Sunday afternoon.
“For myself as a citizen I was so impressed with the way Jim, you and your staff and every city department came together for that,” Board President Joan Norton said.
In other business
• The joint meeting briefly discussed the recently passed tax increment financing district that will pay for improvements to the intersection of Route 7 and Loves Drive. The entrance to Truck World, a gas station and truck stop, will be directly across Route 7 from Loves Drive.
The improvements to the intersection include traffic lights and turning lanes. The TIF will use the increase in property taxes from the construction of Truck World to pay for the improvements. The property taxes from the purchase price of the land will still go to the school district.
The TIF will last for 20 years. After that point, or if the improvements to the intersection are paid for early, the TIF will end and property taxes will revert to the school district, officials have said.
Truck World is expected to increase traffic on Route 7 by 50 percent, making the area more attractive to businesses, Hockaday has said.
The TIF was passed by the Conneaut School Board at its October meeting, and then by Conneaut at a meeting on Oct. 28. The A-Tech board also had to consent to the agreement.
• Plans for the paving of Chestnut Street were discussed. At a special meeting earlier in the day, council passed an ordinance entering into a deal with the Ohio Public Works Commission to help pay for work on Chestnut Street.
The work that is planned will take place in front of Lakeshore Primary School, and Hockaday welcomed suggestions on how to reduce traffic issues at the site from board members.
“I’m totally open to suggestions. Maybe drive by it in the mornings, think about what you want there, and then we’ll draw it that way,” Hockaday said.
• The debate continued on how to go about hiring a school resource officer for the Conneaut Area City Schools. A safety committee meeting was held to discuss the issue in October, and some progress has been made.
The city has also announced leaf pickup days for this fall. Pickup started on Nov. 4, and will run through Dec. 6.
Pickup days are as follows:
Thursday — East Conneaut, from Conneaut Creek to the Pennsylvania line, and from the Bessemer (CN) tracks to the lake.
Friday — Uptown, from Conneaut Creek west to Chestnut Street, and from Liberty Street north to the CSX tracks.
Monday — Harbor, from Conneaut Creek west to Chestnut Street, and from the CSX tracks north to the lake.
Tuesday — North Conneaut, from Chestnut Street west to the North Kingsville Line, and from the CSX tracks north to the lake.
Wednesday — The West End, from Chestnut Street west to the North Kingsville line, and from Conneaut Creek north to the CSX tracks.