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Boston officials discuss issues with new JEDD

5/1/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

Boston Township officials said during the April 23 Boston Board of Trustees meeting some issues have arisen in regards to the new Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) with Peninsula.

The JEDD was approved by voters last November. The township began collecting JEDD taxes in January, but the process has not been an easy one, according to township officials.

Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon informed trustees at an earlier meeting that it was frustrating for her to try to figure out which businesses in the JEDD are paying taxes monthly and which are paying quarterly, so she doesn’t know when to expect to see money coming in.

Noragon said she is disappointed with the tax administrator for the Boston/Peninsula JEDD, Peninsula Fiscal Officer John Stiegel, who she is working with on the JEDD collections.

“I backed off for the two weeks because he [Stiegel] said he would get things done, and I have heard nothing from him,” said Noragon, referring to questions she asked regarding the collection of JEDD taxes.

Noragon and the trustees agreed that something needed to be done about these issues and asked Peninsula Mayor Doug Mayer, who is also Boston’s assistant road superintendent, to follow up with the Peninsula representatives and inform trustees of any issues so they can be resolved.

When contacted several days after the meeting, Stiegel said the issue was with the Central Collection Agency and he believes the issues have been straightened out.

In other business:

  • Zoning Inspector Larry Sulzer reported the zoning department has had no contact with Bob Pruitt in regards to clearing off his property, and there have been no visible signs of change on the property since the last trustees meeting.
    Mayer reported he asked John Trgo, of Interstate Towing and Transport Specialist, to attend the next meeting to explain the cost and procedure for removing the vehicles and trailers from the property. Then trustees will be able to make a decision on how to proceed.
  • Trustee Amy Anderson reported the Valley Fire District purchased new software called Fire Manager and increased the salaries of paramedics to $15 an hour and all other firefighters/EMT workers to $13 an hour.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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