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Lakemore officials discuss positive financial news

10/10/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Lakemore officials have not seen a significant amount of cash flow in recent years, but money curently is being funneled to the village through various channels.

At the Oct. 7 Lakemore Council meeting, Mayor Rick Justice announced Lakemore is receiving about $60,000 to help plug away at the current General Fund deficit, thanks to the due diligence of past Fiscal Officer Rick Quay and current Fiscal Officer Tracy Fast. He explained the pair were able to uncover funds owed to the village through the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue 2 fund.

Justice also explained the village just received about $36,000 through the job sharing program in Summit County. Lakemore is being credited money through the program to soften the impact of Edwin Shaw’s departure from the village. The rehabilitation hospital moved a few years ago to Cuyahoga Falls.

In addition, Councilman Tom Wolfe announced the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) is recovering tax money that inappropriately was sent to the city of Akron. It was owed to the village, however. Wolfe explained RITA is reviewing the paperwork of subcontractors working at the site of the new Springfield High School to ensure Lakemore receives every tax dollar it should through the ongoing project.

Lakemore also may be the recipient of an approximate $100,000 grant to fix culverts on Lakeview Street. Justice said the village soon would learn if it would be awarded the money needed to fund a project that would address flooding in the Lakeview area. He said more information on the grant and future project would be forthcoming.

Also during the meeting, Council reappointed Robb Seders to a six-year term on the Lakemore Planning Commission, with the term to expire Oct. 7, 2019.

“It is great to have an architect on the Planning Commission,” Justice said of Seders.

Council also approved the purchase of Utility XP Utility Billing, a software program, from Government Accounting Solutions. The initial license fee is $3,000, which includes the installation and one-day training, village officials said. Additional training will be billed as travel time for $40 per hour and mileage, according to the purchase agreement. The annual software subscription fee will be $1,300, which will include 20 hours of telephone support and renewal license, village officials said.

Fast explained the purchase actually will allow the village to save money in the near future, as less time and materials will be needed to operate the new program. She said the current program to monitor the village’s water, sewer and trash has been in use since 2000 and has become outdated and had to be replaced at the request of the State Auditor’s Office.

In other village business:

  • The annual Halloween Party for children will take place Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St. Trick-or-treat hours will follow the party, from 5 to 7 p.m. Before the party, the Lakemore Firefighters Association will hold its regular Halloween Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon at the station on Main Street.
  • Councilwoman Anne Snyder said the auction for the painted rain barrel will end Oct. 26 at noon, and the winner would be announced at the Halloween Party. The bids start at $60 and can be placed at the Municipal Building, she said.
  • Council will hold workshops Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building specifically to discuss health care issues.

The next regular Lakemore Village Council meeting will take place Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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