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County Council committee moves forward on ADM levy

5/23/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Members of Summit County Council recommended May 20 that Council approve the first of two resolutions regarding a renewal levy for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board.

The Committee of the Whole moved forward unanimously in support of a resolution that declares it necessary to submit the question of renewing the current levy to voters and requests the Fiscal Office to certify the total valuation of county property and the dollar amount the levy would generate. The 2.95-mill levy would be on the November General Election ballot.

The ADM board provides mental health and addiction recovery programs for adults and children in Summit County.

Executive Director Jerry Craig spoke to Council at the meeting and talked about how the board has maintained its services in light of cuts at both the state and federal levels.

“We are trying to preserve our system so the cuts have minimal impact,” he said.

He added that since the levy was last before voters in 2007, the board’s administrative staff has been reduced from 27 to 21 employees.

Also Monday, the Public Safety Committee recommended that Probate Court be allowed to move forward on plans for an auction of items from its offices and a major update of its technology.

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer said when she took office at the beginning of the year she “inherited” a collection of 27 wind-up clocks, some of them grandfather clocks, as well as artwork and roll-top desks.

“We don’t want to surplus these items,” she said. “We’d like to maximize their value.”

The county plans to contract with Young’s Auction Service at a cost not to exceed $5,000 for a June 27 auction of those items, as well as some artwork from the Edwin Shaw property, Stormer said.

The court also will be replacing its decade-plus-old server and computers, the judge added. The changes will allow Probate Court to offer e-filing and web-based procedures, as well as accept credit cards in the future, Stormer said. The committee recommended Council adopt several resolutions regarding the purchase and installation of new equipment, which Stormer said would be paid for out of the court’s Computerization Fund.

Summit County Council will not meet May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Council will meet June 3 at 4:30 p.m. for caucus, followed by the regular meeting in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, located at 175 S. Main St.

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