December 21, 2014

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Avon Lake City Council promotes 2 police officers

AVON LAKE — A new police lieutenant and sergeant were appointed during Monday night’s City Council meeting.

Vincent Molnar was sworn in as lieutenant and Leslie Carrender as sergeant by Mayor Greg Zilka in front of a packed meeting room on Monday.

The positions needed to be filled after Duane Streator was promoted to assistant police chief last month. He is expected to be named chief after Chief David Owad’s retirement in January.

Molnar and Carrender were certified by the Civil Service Commission after taking an exam, and they will assume the new positions today.

Molnar will earn $40.19 per hour, and Carrender will earn $38.86, according to ordinances approved by council.

In other action

Council awarded a $1.5 million dollar contract to a Monroeville contractor for work on intersection of Lear and Walker roads.

Work on the Lear Road/Walker Road Intersection Project is expected to begin in January, according to Engineer Manager Joseph Reitz. A bid by Underground Utilities, Inc. for $1.6 million was unanimously approved by City Council on Monday as the “lowest and best bid.”

Work will be done on waterlines through the intersection, and new LED traffic lights will be installed as part of the project, Reitz said.

He said right turn lanes will also be included on all four corners of the roadways.

Reitz said $400,000 was awarded by the Ohio Public Works Commission for the project.

Parks renamed

City Council approved the renaming of Bleser Field to Mannino Field during Monday’s City Council meeting. Mannino Field is named after Mike Mannino, who has been volunteering with the Avon Lake Youth Federation for 36 years. The renaming was requested by the Avon Lake Youth Baseball Federation, which wanted to recognize Mannino for his “exemplary dedication” to youth baseball.

The Avon Lake Parks and Recreation Commission recommended that the municipal park on the north side of Electric Boulevard, just west of Avon Belden Road, be formally named Bleser Park.

The Parks and Recreation Commission discovered that the park was never formally named after Walter A. Bleser, although it is known to the city as Bleser Park.

Bleser served as councilman and chairman of the original Avon Lake Recreation and Welfare Association and was an active volunteer for Little League Baseball.

With the approval of both ordinances by City Council on Monday, signs will be erected at Mannino Field, and the municipal park will be officially named Bleser Park on all city maps and records.

Jonathan Leonard, president of the Avon Lake Youth Baseball Association spoke after the meeting.

He read a letter from Mannino, who could not attend the meeting.

“I’m truly honored to be a part of Bleser Field and the entire Bleser family,” Leonard read the letter from Mannino.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.