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Brady Lake road work on hold

Ballot issue to dissolve village delays project

By ANDREW BUGEL Staff Writer Published: April 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Brady Lake's road repairs are being put on hold.

Earlier in the month, the village had received a $250,000 bond, with a fixed interest rate of around five percent, towards repairing the seven worst roads in the village. The work could have started as early as the end of the month. But after bond attorneys met with the village clerk earlier this week, it has been determined that repairs will have to wait until after the May 2 ballot where residents will vote whether the village will be dissolved.

"There is a statute that says between the time the village council has accepted the petition (to dissolve) and the time the vote actually goes to the people of the village, the village cannot occur any new liabilities," said bond attorney Ryan Callender. "There's no doubt in my mind that this is a new liability. The bonds cannot be issued until after the election. If the vote goes in favor of keeping the village, after the vote is certified, the bonds can be issued."

If the village is dissolved, the road repairs will not go as planned. It does not mean the roads won't repaired at all, but they will be put on hold until it is determined what will happen with Brady Lake. Everything is ready to go as far as road repairs are concerned, but it will all come down to the people of the village.

"If the people of the village vote to dissolve, then this is an undone deal," said Thomas T. Mullen, attorney at law.

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Brady Lake resident Bob Howard discussed what could happen to Brady Lake if it is dissolved.

"From what I understand, the state auditor will come in and schedule an audit," Howard said. "Assets and liabilities will be looked at. In the meantime, someone will make a determination of what will happen to the village. There have been about 10 villages dissolved since 2005. It has taken typically up to two years to determine what happens to villages when they are dissolved, sometimes even past that. Everything, including the road situation, will be put on hold. Really the only thing we can rely on is the fact the repairs will be delayed."

Perrin Asphalt-Perrin Concrete, based in Akron,was set to perform the work. The entire 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.


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