ELYRIA — City Council on Monday approved spending more than $410,000 to replace or add computers equipment in multiple city departments.
The purchases will upgrade the city’s computer systems from Windows 7 operating system to Windows 10, Council learned. The city will replace 276 personal computers, add 26 more, and buy 167 monitors and 69 soundbars, all through a state purchasing program.
Deputy Finance Director John Farrell said the majority of the money, or $263,511, will come from Issue 6 funds. The remainder will come from the sewer fund ($63,691), water fund ($47,334), police levy fund ($30,500) and the sanitation fund ($5,207), according to a document he provided at the meeting.
Council also gave Mayor Holly Brinda approval to seek a $67,482 Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks grant to help pay for an upgrade to the playground at the south end of East Recreation Park.
Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Reardon said the total cost of the project is an estimated $150,000, with the remaining $82,518 to be paid out of her department’s share of Issue 6 funds budgeted for 2020. The city will learn whether it has received the grant by the end of October, she said.
Reardon also said city pools will open June 12 and close Aug. 24, with some lifeguards still needed for summer work. Applications can be filled out at the Parks and Recreation or Human Resources offices at City Hall, she said.
In the continuing saga of summer roadwork, City Engineer John Schneider also said Monday that the West Avenue water main project will need the entire 50 days allotted to it for completion, meaning five more weeks of detours and delays for motorists. Kerstetter Way is now inaccessible from West Avenue, with access only from Broad Street, he said.
West River Road North under Interstate 90 also will be closed next week for one to two weeks for road work, Schneider said. He said maps of suggested detours can now be found at his department’s page on the city website, cityofelyria.org.
In separate ordinances passed Monday, City Council also authorized Brinda to advertise for bids and sign contracts for the city’s 2019 crack sealing road project as well as resurfacing projects affecting Infirmary Road, Ford Road from Regency Court to Midway Boulevard and Taylor Street from state Route 57 to Winckles Street.
Finally, Council unanimously approved a request for a new liquor license permit for The Dawg House at 114 Antioch Drive — formerly Stubby’s Pub and Grub — as well as a liquor license permit transfer from ConSun Food Industries to DA Petroleum LCC, doing business as the Convenient Food Mart at 8703 West Ridge Road.
The Elyria Police Department did not object to either of the liquor license requests, nor did the city request hearings prior to their approval.