The city will collect brush the week of July 20, picking up limbs that fell during recent storms.
Sticks should be cut to no more than six feet long and stacked at the curb. Workers will not collect brush from tree removal or trimming projects, grape vines, unstacked brush, rose bushes, or non-woody yard waste.
Brush needs to be placed on the curb no later than July 19.
Oberlin board of education members have approved an application for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. It is an one year contract for a foreign exchange student to return to Oberlin High School for a second year as a senior.
“There will be no cost to this for the district,” said interim superintendent Jim Eibel. The student’s family wants to donate the cash to cover the cost of the application fee.
“It’s good for the building and the kids,” said principal William Baylis. The district has done this in the past for six students.
FIRE CHIEF TAKES OFFICE
Oberlin’s new fire chief, Robert Hanmer, officially started this Monday.
He is a resident of the city and has been with the department for 20 years. Hanmer was chosen from a pool of 50 candidates to replace retired chief Dennis Kirin.
POLICE CHIEF SEARCH
A new Oberlin police chief is expected to be hired by the beginning of next week, according to city manager Eric Norenberg.
Lieutenants Michael McCloskey and Kevin Scalli are sharing duties as interim chief after former chief Thomas Miller retired July 3.
McCloskey, Scalli, Juan Torres, and Kenneth Klamar are in the running for the top spot.
Oberlin city council members agreed to have staff prepare a $171,000 purchase ordinance with SoundCom Systems for an upgrade to council chambers for the Aug. 17 meeting.
The upgrade will include two high-definition projectors, 15 microphones, cable connections, monitors outside the chambers, three pan-tilt-zoom cameras in the ceiling, and an assisted listening device.
Oberlin Cable Co-op president Ralph Potts encouraged council members to move forward with the upgrade because it’s hard to find people to work council meetings and “it does need upgraded.”
Oberlin Muncipal Court judge Thomas Januzzi applied for a $57,000 grant through the Ohio Supreme Court’s 2015 Court Technology Grant but was denied. He assured council members that there is enough cash in the Court Improvement Fund and Court Technology Fund to cover half the cost of the upgrade.
Oberlin city council approved a $165,895 contract with Don Mould’s Plantation to repair and replace all concrete sidewalks west of Professor Street.
Legislators also approved a $38,791 contract with Action Contractors to repair and replace all sandstone sidewalks west of Professor Street.
Public works director Jeff Baumann said the second contract is needed because residents have expressed interest in keeping their sandstone sidewalks.