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Norton approves budget change for new dispatch center

12/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

Not much was on the agenda for the last Norton City Council meeting of the year, held Dec. 9, but Council did approve an ordinance amending the 2014 budget.

Council agreed to amend the 2014 budget and to pay in advance of Jan. 1 Norton’s share of the operating costs for the shared dispatch center between the city and Barberton and Copley, for the first quarter only. Norton’s share of the cost for the dispatch center is approximately $111,000, according to city officials.

Council members voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance, with Council President Don Nicolard (Ward 2) and Council Vice President Todd Bergstrom (Ward 1) not present for the meeting. Acting as president and vice president were Scott Pelot (at large) and Dennis McGlone (at large), respectively.

According to Finance Director Laura Starosta, the anticipated start date for the dispatch center is Jan. 4.

“We need to approve the operating costs for the first quarter before the dispatch center can open and operate,” Starosta explained. “That’s why I’m asking for this ordinance to be approved tonight.”

Pelot said it will be a nice addition to the city.

“This has been a long time coming,” Pelot said.

Council members also heard first readings of two other pieces of legislation, including:

√ a resolution to adopt the solid waste management plan for ReWorks. This plan must be approved or disapproved by Feb. 12; and

√ an ordinance to authorize the mayor to execute and deliver an agreement with Summit County Public Health for certain storm water management services.

During the meeting, Councilwoman Charlotte Whipkey (at large) asked the mayor for an explanation of part of the legislation.

“I have a hard time saying ‘yes’ to something that I don’t even fully understand yet,” she said.

Mayor Mike Zita said he would provide that information to Council members as soon as possible.

In other business:

  • Zita thanked all the participants at the lighting ceremony held Dec. 7.
  • Council members were informed the search for a new administrative officer is underway.
  • Zita informed Council the Norton Fire Department and the Norton Police Department will hold a food drive Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Acme, located at 3200 Greenwich Road.

Norton City Council next will meet for a work session Jan. 6 and for its regular meeting Jan. 13, both at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

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