City of Solon’s Traffic Signal Upgrade Project Is Underway

Perram Electric performs traffic signal upgrade in City of Solon, Ohio

Perram Electric performs traffic signal upgrade in City of Solon, Ohio

Perram Electric is seen performing traffic signal upgrade work near the intersection of SOM Center Road and Portz Parkway in City of Solon.  David Powell is the project engineer for Perram Electric.  Perram Electric’s bid was nearly $700,000 lower than the closest competitor, Miller Cable.  Bids were also received from Rauhorn Electric, Zenith Systems, Terrace Construction and Thompson Electric for this project.

Solon Councilman Bill Mooney had asked about Maintaining Traffic during a City meeting.  He  wanted to understand why Perram Electric’s bid  amount was so much lower than the other bidders.   City’s Traffic Engineer, John Busch said his staff noted that item as well.  After meeting with  Perram Electric, it was found that Perram Electric was comfortable with  the $15,000.00 bid amount and it was agreed there would not be any change orders for maintenance of traffic.

In total, the project will cost nearly $7.2 million, however, because of federal grants and other funding sources, the city will be responsible for $1.2 million.  City of Solon plans to replace or upgrade of 46 traffic, including 13 along the city’s arterial street, SOM Center Road.  The anticipated construction cost is about $5.6 million, with the rest of the budgeted money set aside for change orders and cost overruns.

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$503716 Theft Reported At Wrap Tite of Solon

According to reporting officer, Timothy Barr; Suresh Bafna, representative of Wrap Tite Inc. located at 6200 Cochran Road, reported to the Solon Police Department a theft of a wire transfer.

Wrap Tite contracted with Xinie Huabao Plastic Machinery Co in Xinie, Hebei, China to build a machine for Wrap Tite.    Suresh Bafna corresponded with the company by email and visited China to inspect the machine.  The money for the transaction was to be sent to a hold company, the Combuy Trading Co. Limited (Xinie, Hebei, China) and to China Merchants Bank.  Wrap Tite wired $503,716 to China Merchants Bank.Wrap Tite was informed that they had not received payment for the machine.  They were advised to use Agricultural Bank of China and not China Merchants Bank.  The matter has been turned over to Detective Bureau.

Perram Electric begins signal upgrade in City of Solon

City of Solon’s traffic signal contractor, Perram Electric, began drilling pole foundations and boring cables under roads on SOM Center Road from 422 to Aurora Road and on Solon Road from Cochran Road to Richmond Road.  All 43 traffic signals within the City of Solon will be replaced and/or upgraded during the 2 year project.

Gazebo in City of Solon Ohio

Gazebo in City of Solon Ohio

Upon completion, all signals will be accessible through a central computer system located at City Hall. The system will include the latest in traffic technology including video detection and fiber optic communications. 80% of the $4.2 million project cost is covered by a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.  There will be temporary lane closures at the various intersections during construction.

Rating of SAFE Cleveland Suburbs

Rating of SAFE Cleveland Suburbs

RANKING OF Best Cleveland Suburbs based on crime data and other factors

According to SafeWise, based on their own research and FBI Crime Data report from 2011, the best suburbs in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio based on safety are:

City of Solon, Ohio is 10th safest in NEO

City of Solon, Ohio is ranked 10th safest in NEO

Broadview Heights (1),
Hudson (3),
Brook Park (5),
North Ridgeville (6),
Solon (10),
Brunswick (13),
Berea (16),
North Olmsted (19),
Parma Heights (20),
Willoughby (24),
Mayfield Heights (27),
South Euclid (30),
Strongsville (31),
Shaker Heights (37),
Lakewood (38),
Cleveland Heights (43) and
Eastlake (47).

Solon Resident Judge Harry Jacob III Indicted

The Law Director of the City of Bedford and a Judge at Bedford Municipal Court have been indicted on charges involving public corruption and prostitution, Cuyahoga County Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Harry J. Jacob III. Judge, Bedford Municipal Court

Harry J. Jacob III. Judge, Bedford Municipal Court

Law Director and City Prosecutor Kenneth Schuman has been charged with one count each of Bribery, Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract, Money Laundering, Theft in Office, Obstructing Justice, Falsification, Receiving Improper Compensation and Soliciting. The first six of those eight charges are felonies.

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Welfare for the poor, subsidies for the rich

Welfare for poor, Subsidy for rich

Welfare for poor, Subsidy for rich

There are two sides to a coin, according to a popular cliche.  In fact, there are at least three sides to a coin.  Welfare is the assistance provided by the government so that the poor can try to maintain a minimal level of dignity in their lives.  There are proponents and opponents of the welfare, like two sides of the coin.  The third side of the coin represents the reality of the welfare system.   If the only flaw in the current welfare system is that is pays more than minimum wage does, then there is no flaw in it.   Who might step up to make the welfare system perfect; the Democrats or the Republicans?  Neither.  Continue reading