Springfield trustees mulling road levy for November ballot
Also, Springfield boat launch opening this year May 18
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees is reviewing the need for its 1-mill road levy that expires this year.
Trustees agreed to request two calculations for the levy from the Summit County Fiscal Office, including certifying the valuation and calculating the estimated total amount to be collected if it is renewed and if it is replaced.
According to Springfield Fiscal Officer Joy Dies, the levy was first approved in 1978 and has been renewed consistently since that time. It now collects about $175,000 a year, she added.
The levy revenue is used for “the general construction, resurfacing and repair of roads and bridges in Springfield Township,” according to the resolution approved by trustees. Dies added Springfield maintains more than 70 miles of roads.
Trustees said they would determine whether to renew or replace the road levy after receiving feedback from the Summit County Fiscal Office. The issue could appear on the November General Election ballot.
In other business, trustees agreed to open the boating season May 18 and to open a boat launch on the Springfield side of Springfield Lake this year. Boat launch fees will be the same as the Lakemore side: $7 per day or $45 per season, and free to Springfield and Lakemore residents 62 or older, with proof of residency (from the owner’s state boating registration).
The Springfield boat launch was closed last summer after a number of boaters raised concerns about safety violations and other matters the previous fall. At that time, the Springfield Police Department did not patrol the lake. Boaters wanting to use Springfield Lake had to launch their boats from the Lakemore side last summer. The Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) began patrolling Springfield Lake for the first time last summer to monitor issues raised by boaters the previous year. The VASP also did boat inspections.
“We wanted to give the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police the opportunity to do some fundraising,” explained Trustee Bruce Killian of the decision to open the Springfield boat launch. “We will give this a try, but we may close it if it doesn’t work.”
Also during the meeting, trustees agreed to close Canfield Road along Springfield Lake May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Bark in the Park. The event is a fundraiser walk for PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron. Registration is at 11 a.m., and the walk will begin at noon. The fee is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 12. There is no fee for pets. For details, visit www.summithumane.org/Bark_in_the_Park.
Canfield Road is also set to close July 3-7 for the annual Rock the Docks Festival.
Also, trustees approved:
- a computer maintenance and support service contract with Active Networking for 20 hours at a rate of $90 per hour;
- a proposal of $4,450 per year paid quarterly to Best Heating & Cooling for the township’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning maintenance; and
- a renewal of Gerald Michael’s position on the Zoning Commission until May 20, 2018.
In addition, trustees awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Springfield High School seniors Megan Powell, Sarah Stubbs and Brooke Warner.
According to township officials, Powell has a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) and will attend Kent State University to study languages to become an interpreter for people in impoverished areas and other countries. Stubbs has a 4.11 GPA and plans to double major in English and public relations, as well as play softball, at the University of Findlay. She was voted the most likely to succeed by her class. Warner has a 3.6 GPA and will attend The University of Akron to study dentistry.
The next regular meeting will be May 9 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.
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