Summit County Council is going to take a longer look at whether to permanently vacate and close dilapidated and dangerous portions of Everett and Oak Hill roads in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Meanwhile, the county engineer’s office will put up gates to prevent civilian vehicles from traveling over the little-used, deteriorating county roadways while still allowing police, fire and ambulance vehicles to use a key to pass through. The roads run through parts of Bath, Richfield and Boston townships.

Members of bicycling clubs and others addressed council on Monday, asking that the roadways be preserved. Everett Road is the easiest and safest way in and out of the valley for bicyclists, they said.

Joseph Paradise in the county engineer’s office said it would likely cost $5 million or more to repair and upgrade the roads and a bridge to make them safe again.

Council unanimously supported council member Jeff Wilhite’s motion asking for additional time on the Everett and Oak Hill roads issue. Wilhite said afterward the vote grants more time to allow the county to keep exploring options for the roads.

In other business, council continued holding department budget hearings. Council is scheduled to adopt the 2018 operating budget at its Dec. 12 meeting. The meeting is being held on a Tuesday instead of the council’s regular Monday session.

Council is looking at an operating budget of nearly $358.3 million for most government functions. That figure includes so-called pass-through funds the county government receives from federal and state government sources in addition to local taxes.

Council is also looking at passing operating budget legislation totaling another $170.9 million for the Children Services Board; Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board; and the Developmental Disabilities board. That figure also includes pass-through funds from federal and state government sources in addition to local taxes.

Reporter Jim Mackinnon covers business and county government. He can be reached at 330-996-3544 or Follow him @JimMackinnonABJ on Twitter or