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On the record – Niles

WHAT: City council meeting Oct. 20

PRESENT: Barry Profato, Jimmy Julian, Michael Lastic, Doug Sollitto, Sheri Smith, Linda Marchese and Al Cantola

ABSENT: Bob Marino

Council:

• Approved appropriating funds for the design and architectural services for the multipurpose meeting room at the city administration building. Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz said plans are to have Phillips / Sekanick Architects Inc. do the work. Officials said plans are to have a 1,500-square-foot council chambers / meeting room. The firm will design the proposed room and will receive 6 percent of the total project cost. Officials have said while they appreciate being able to meet in other locations of the city, a permanent location for council is needed;

• Approved a $5,000 grant of the Community Improvement Corp. for Cadence Care Network, formerly Homes for Kids, for the sidewalk, facade and sign for the front of the business. Cadence Care Network had submitted an application for the grant. Matt Kresic, CEO of Cadence Care Network, said it is renovating an empty building owned by the organization into a coffeehouse and cafe to provide resiliency programming and employ at-risk youth. The cafe will be located at 39 N. Main St., across from the McKinley Memorial, and operate six days per week. The cafe will be open to the public and include a small meeting room that can be reserved to host breakfast and lunch meetings. Total project cost is $675,182 with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction providing $391,637, with a required match.

— Bob Coupland

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