Developer and Company Seek Solution to Potential Noise Problem at Montebello’s New Development in Mayfield

MAYFIELD, Ohio – From a village perspective, a growing business and building a 52-house development could be seen as a good problem to have, that is, unless things get too much. noisy for those moving into new homes due to this expansion. business.

During its online village council meeting on Monday, May 17, the council and administration heard letters of concern from three future owners of the Montebello subdivision under construction, as well as its builder, Chris Skoda of Skoda. Construction. Montebello is under construction on Highland Road, near SOM Center Road, where the rear of the the subdivision adjoins the MARS Electric property, 6655 Beta Drive.

MARS recently obtained approval from the Village Planning and Zoning Commission to expand an existing storage area by 9 meters. The Commission approved the extension with conditions. These conditions limit the size of the outdoor storage area to less than 20,000 square feet, limit what is stored, require that a fence completely surround the storage area, and ensure that any breach of the agreement would result in the termination of the permit which would be granted. for expansion.

Skoda, MARS and the village have already reached an agreement that MARS will install 25 Norway spruce trees, each 14 feet high, to limit the visibility of the storage area from the southernmost houses. At the same time, Skoda will install a path between the rear of the Montebello property and the village greenway public path in the same area as the expansion project, and will use the spoil from this operation to build a plot of land. 4 to 5 feet high. mound of trees along the MARS property line.

While this may solve the problem of finding a storage area from a new residence, there is another issue that needs to be addressed.

Among the future residents of Montebello who wrote to the village council to express their concerns were current residents of Mayfield Heights, Gary and Christine Mikitin, who are planning to relocate to the South Cobblestone Road neighborhood. The Mitikins believe the mounds and trees should block the view of the storage area, but remain concerned about potential noise pollution.

“We understand that MARS begins operations at 5 am,” their letter said. “Truck engines, safety beeps (emergency alerts) on tow engines and trucks, and dumpster dumpster (have you ever known a garbage truck operator to gently lay an empty dumpster on the ground?) Are sounds that could easily wake up nearby residents. “

Thomas and Cindy McLaughlin bought a house in Montebello. Recently retired, they leave Norwalk to be closer to their loved ones. They too feel that the mounds and trees will be enough to block an unsightly view, but they also added in their letter: “It would be impossible to sleep through the noise of tow engines, truck engines, traffic alerts. rescue and emptying of garbage dumpsters. “

“The main problem seems to be the sound,” agreed Robert and Linda Maskulka, who are leaving Highland Heights. “We are very concerned about the potential for increased noise pollution, especially early in the morning. We understand that MARS begins operations very early in the morning. Truck engines, other vehicles, and other business noises are sounds that could easily disturb nearby residents. “

All the inhabitants who wrote also want to be assured that the village will apply the conditions currently in place.

Skoda said when the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the permit, it was unaware that MARS will use the enlarged area for loading and unloading. After discussing the situation with representatives from MARS, Skoda wrote to the board that its company is asking that the current order against loading and unloading within 300 feet of a residential area also ensure that such work will not be carried out. not done before 7 a.m.

“If this (loading and unloading before 7 a.m.) was allowed,” Skoda wrote to the board, “it would financially destroy the property value of the Montebello subdivision.”

Council decided on Monday not to vote on approving the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation and, instead, decided to hold a discussion on a possible noise solution at a future meeting.

Montebello will make himself known on television

When contacted to comment on the noise issue, Chris Skoda said the Montebello Subdivision would soon be featured on HGTV. Montebello, when completed, will have 52 single-family, ranch-style and colonial-style homes that will sell for in the $ 450,000 range.

“Our model home just opened two weeks ago and we have a total of nine properties sold and booked,” Skoda said. “The model home is open every Sunday from 1 pm to 1 pm, or by contacting Angie Molitoris at 216-299-9503 for a personal introduction.

“We currently have four homes under construction and we expect our first residents to move in during the month of July. HGTV contacted us and were so impressed with our model house that they asked if they could use it in an upcoming episode of their popular TV show, “House Hunters”. “House Hunters” filmed an episode last weekend and will air it in a few months.

“We are delighted to have a great year and look forward to creating an exceptional experience for our current buyers and owners.

New building commissioner hired

Mayor Brenda Bodnar announced in Monday’s meeting that she had hired Daniel Russell as the village’s new building commissioner. Russell will succeed 17-year-old building commissioner John Marrelli, who will retire on June 4.

The board must approve the appointment at a special board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 7. Russell is currently the Residential Buildings Commissioner for the Medina County Construction Department. Prior to this role, Russell was Deputy Building Commissioner for the Town of North Olmsted for six years, and prior to that he was Deputy Building Commissioner for the Town of Olmsted Falls for six years. He began his public service career with the Town of Lakewood.

Russell brings with him over 24 years of experience as a building official and holds certifications from the State of Ohio as a Class I Building Official, Residential Building Official, Home Plan Examiner, Inspector residential buildings and plumbing, electrical safety inspector. and a Class III commercial building inspector.

He lives in Olmsted Township with his wife and three children.

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