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Richfield trustees urge passage of road levy

10/25/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Free trash pickup is one of the perks of living in Richfield Township. However, that would be in jeopardy if the road and bridge levy fails Nov. 6, according to Richfield Township officials.

The trustees made this point at the Oct. 18 trustees’ meeting about Issue No. 58, a 2.3-mill levy for roads and bridges on the ballot.

“If that doesn’t pass, we won’t get any road and bridge money, and that’s a pretty significant thing,” said Fiscal Officer Laurie Pinney.

Trustee Janet Jankura said the trustees are always looking for ways to cut back, and there’s just not a lot to cut back on.

“We are already running really lean, so we are really counting on the road levy to pass so we don’t have to make the tough decision,” said Jankura. “The residents would have a hard time with the trash hauling going away.”

Trustee David Wyatt said there are few places to cut in regards to township operations.

“It’s not a threat; it’s just reality,” he said. “We are really pleased with our trash hauler, and we hate to tie it to the road and bridge and levy, but that is an opportunity to move money and support the Road Department.”

Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore said the trustees will mail a flier to residents to explain the services the township provides. The trustees will pay for mailing the flier from their own pockets, Gilmore said, as they cannot use township funds to advertise for support of the levy.

In other news:

• Pinney said the township may have received its final estate tax payment of $2,600, as that tax will expire at the end of the year.

“That’s the lowest total in 10 years,” she said.

Wyatt reported that Rising Valley Park is in good shape and has even been used for a few clambakes.

• Wyatt talked about the opening of the Carter-Pedigo Trail, which was accompanied by the Richfield Fire Department’s chili cook-off and a library open house.

“They did a fabulous job with the trail,” he said. “The village should be commended for all their hard work in putting it together.”

• The trustees also voted to pay Winter Equipment Co. $4,799 to replace the snowplow edgings.

• Another item affected by the levy is the proposed remodeling of the township office building, the trustees noted. They received a letter of intent from Richfield Village Mayor Bobbie Beshara regarding plans for the township to remain in a renovated building for another decade or more.

However, Wyatt said it would be premature for the township to respond to Beshara with more than a “thank you” until the trustees learn the fate of the road levy next month.

• Trustees voted to support the effort to have Richfield Township included on the state’s Scenic Byway map. Jim Smith, president of the Richfield Town Trust, appeared at the Oct. 4 meeting to seek the township’s nonmonetary support.

They also passed a resolution to participate in Summit County’s Moving Ohio Forward property demolition program. Township Administrator Linda Bowmer said there are no current properties slated for demolition.

• Kay Catlett, from AFLAC, appeared at the meeting to tout her company’s insurance products and to give the trustees duck-shaped pens.

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at the township office building, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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