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New Franklin proceeding with levy requests

4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council approved the first measure needed to place two separate levies on the November General Election ballot at the April 16 meeting.

These first measures request the Summit County fiscal officer calculate and certify to the city the dollar amount each levy would collect, according to the legislation. A second piece of legislation will be introduced in the coming months to place them on the ballot.

One of the levies includes a 2.5-mill replacement levy for the Police Department. That levy seeks to replace a current 2.5-mill levy first approved by voters in 1981 that now collects $292,000 annually. The current 2.5-mill levy is a permanent and continuing one.

City officials are estimating a replacement levy would collect about $771,000, which would bring in about $480,000 more than a renewal levy would. The replacement is estimated to cost the owner of a property valued at $100,000 about $77 a year. The fiscal officer is expected to provide certified collections and costs, according to city officials.

Mayor Al Bollas has stated the extra funds that a replacement police levy would collect are needed. Bollas said money from the General Fund has supplemented the Police Department’s budget of $1.7 million by $725,000 in 2011, $700,000 in 2012 and 2013, and this year, the amount is expected to drop to $650,000.

The second levy to be placed on the ballot is a 5.75-mill renewal levy for the Fire Department.

The renewal levy is not a new tax and will not increase taxes for property owners, according to city officials.

Council also approved on first reading the following:

  • an agreement with Stewart Signs for a new LED sign for the Fire Department and the city. The Fire Department is seeking authorization to use grant funds to pay the estimated cost of $17,240 for the sign, and the project will not proceed without this approval, according to the legislation;
  • additional appropriations for this year totaling almost $80,000 for the finance director’s full-time salary, building equipment, administrative contractual services and other needs, with amendments to identify correct fund lines;
  • an increase in the road opening permit fee to make curb cuts, from $2 to $50; and
  • a memorandum of understanding with the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District to encourage cooperation toward the attainment of environmental stewardship, including the National Pollutant Discharged Elimination System Phase II municipal storm water permit, with an amendment to limit the appropriation of funds for this to $2,000.

Council agreed to take additional time on several new pieces of legislation introduced including:

√ a resolution to purchase property on Renninger Road for $32,000, which will be used to create a retention pond to control stormwater runoff in the area;

√ an ordinance to amend Section Five of Ordinance No. 05-65, which regulates noise created by advertising, sound amplifying equipment, machinery, noise producing instruments, vehicles and animals. The amendment is intended to address and limit outside live entertainment at bars and restaurants to the hours between noon and 10 p.m.;

√ an ordinance to amend Zoning Code Section 800.10 (junk/unlicensed more vehicle regulations), pending Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) approval and a public hearing; and

√ an ordinance to amend Zoning Code Section 1400.02 (definition of litter), pending PZC approval and a public hearing.

Also, the city will partner with All Ohio Secure Shred to offer a community shredding day event tomorrow, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road. Residents and business owners are invited to participate, but participants are limited to 15 file boxes or shopping bags per vehicle.

The next Council meeting will take place May 7 starting at 6 p.m. for committee meetings, followed immediately with the regular Council meeting, at City Hall.

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