George W. Davis

GREEN: The city is paving the way to more smooth roads in town thanks to a lower-than-expected bid.

City Engineer Paul Pickett told City Council this week that a portion of Raber Road between Avanti Lane and Mayfair Road has been added to this year’s paving schedule as a result of the city saving more than $700,000 on asphalt materials on the winning low bid of $1,879,085 by Superior Paving & Materials Inc. of North Canton.

The savings is the difference between the estimated cost of materials and the winning bid from among five Summit and Stark county suppliers.

Pickett and Service Director Paul Oberdorfer said the Raber Road project will include milling and resurfacing.

The council also gave the green light to a Municipal Economic Development Grant agreement with Securitas Electronic Security to keep the business in Green by relocating operations from Graybill Road to Tabs Drive.

The grant is associated with retaining 225 permanent full-time employees with an approximate $11.5 million annual payroll over five years and creating another 28 new full-time positions by the end of 2021.

The city will pay Securitas 25 percent, or $287,500 over five years, of annual Securitas payroll withholding taxes beginning Jan. 1, which is the date set for initial operation at the project site.

In other action, the council:

• Accepted the final plat and performance bond for Heritage Crossings of Green Phase II so a road can be built between Franks Parkway and Graybill Road and the Gables of Green development can move forward with plans to construct an 86-unit assisted living/memory care facility on 10 acres just off the west side of Interstate 77.

• Approved a one-time 2015 pay range for a group of seasonal laborers because the city overpaid nine workers by $8,383 and opted to change the rate to meet the rate that was paid. The council concurred with the administration to change the rate rather than seek repayment of the overages.