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New Franklin Council preparing for spring work

3/28/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — City officials focused on a long list of business matters at the March 20 New Franklin Council meeting.

Council reviewed legislation that included annual spring projects such as roadwork and lawn maintenance, and approved the following: to advertise for sealed bids for the state Route 619/South Turkeyfoot Road realignment project; an agreement with Professional Service Industries Inc. to provide construction material testing and special inspection services for the Cleveland-Massillon Road resurfacing project, which officials said was routine; a vacation plat and dedication plat for the state Route 619/South Turkeyfoot Road realignment project; and a one-year agreement with Clinton Lawncare for mowing city property at a cost of $540 per mowing.

The state Route 619/South Turkeyfoot Road realignment project will align South Turkeyfoot Road with Point Comfort Drive to eliminate the current right and then immediate left-turn traffic pattern currently required to access the Point Comfort Drive neighborhood. Some preliminary work will be done this summer, but the majority will be done after Labor Day, according to city officials.

The mowing contract switches providers and will save the city $120 per mowing, which totals between 24 and 30 per year, according to city officials. The work has been done by Whitman’s Lawn & Landscaping for the past several years.

Council also approved the transfer of $50,000 from the General Fund to the Police Fund, a one-year agreement with REA & Associates to compile basic financial statements for 2012, and authorized membership in the Public Entities Pool of Ohio to enter into three-year agreements with several agencies to provide liability insurance and property damage coverage.

City officials heard from a third-party — industry professional Lee Balko — who reviewed the policy and recommended the city increase its liability limits from $3 million to $5 million, at an additional cost of $3,536 annually, and after some discussion, city officials agreed that cost was less expensive than having to pay for $2 million out-of-pocket should a claim against the city ever be made.

The new policy covers the city for wrongful acts, law enforcement operations, auto liability and physical damage, real and personal property, equipment breakdown, inland marine items, electronic data processing equipment and dishonesty for $49,182, according to the legislation.

Prior to its regular meeting, Council hosted 10 separate public hearings to review agricultural tax status renewals for 10 farms, and approved all the requests. The farms ranged in size from 13 acres to 74 acres, and most had been in operation for decades.

Four new pieces of legislation introduced at the meeting were placed on time to give Council an opportunity to review the items, including: three separate items related to Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund contribution rates and an agreement with the State Auditor’s Office for audit purposes.

Legislation to rezone 105 parcels from R-3 (High Density Residential) to R-L (Lakefront Residential) was placed on time pending a public hearing set for April 17 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

The next regular New Franklin Council meeting will take place April 3 starting at 6 p.m. for Committee-of-the-Whole meetings, to be immediately followed by the regular meeting, at City Hall.

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