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Springfield placing fire levies on ballot

5/1/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield trustees approved resolutions seeking certification of the estimated revenue of the renewal of two fire levies from the Summit County fiscal officer as a first measure to place the issues on the November General Election ballot.

At the April 24 meeting, trustees voted 2-0, with Deborah Davis absent due to a family matter, to proceed with the resolutions. Both are renewals and do not represent an increase in taxes to property owners, according to Fiscal Officer Joy Dies.

Dies said the 1.8-mill levy was first approved in 1995 and collects $457,832 annually. She added the funds are used “for the purpose of providing fire protection, providing and maintaining fire apparatus, equipment, buildings or sites thereof, or the payment of permanent and part-time firefighters, or to purchase ambulance equipment operated by the Fire Department,” according to the ballot language.

Dies said the 3.2-mill levy was also first approved in 1995 and it collects $560,929 annually. The funds are used “for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining of fire apparatus and equipment, purchasing and maintaining ambulance equipment, and to provide trained ambulance EMTs/paramedics, including the payment of personnel to operate the emergency medical services of the Fire Department,” according to the ballot language.

“The passage of both renewal levies is needed to continue offering the level of service now being provided by the Springfield Township Fire Department for firefighting and emergency medical services,” said Dies.

Also at the meeting, trustees authorized the parks director and the zoning administrator to request proposals involving the survey and preparation of specifications with a shovel-ready plan for a pedestrian/bicycle lane by Springfield Lake along Canfield Road.

Other improvements planned for the area approved by trustees include the creation of Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible paths near the Springfield Community Center, pending a 100 percent grant request from the Welty Family Foundation for funds.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • a payment of $111,318 for the 2013 Bureau of Workers’ Compensation payroll premium, with $49,583 from the Police Department, $38,607 from the Fire Department, $12,583 from the Road Department and $10,546 from the Administration, Community Center and Parks and Zoning departments;
  • the purchase of a Bobcat skid-steer loader in an amount not to exceed $41,069 through a state bid procedure. The item will be financed through Bobcat and GE Capital for 48 months with four payments of $11,546 per year, at an effective rate of 4.8 percent;
  • repairs not to exceed $3,600 to the men’s bathroom in the Fire Department;
  • a maintenance and support service contract with Akron Communications to install fiber optics cable and other items to the Fire Department at a cost of $1,835;
  • the purchase of $777 in hardware from CDW-G to complete upgrades of the township’s telecommunications to the Fire Department;
  • a maintenance and support service contract with Active Networking for computer network support pursuant to a previous contract for eight hours at the rate of $90 per hour;
  • the adjustment to two motions approved at the last meeting to reflect an extra $251 to the cost of 10 ballistic vests for the Police Department; and
  • the certification to the Summit County fiscal officer of abatements of about $332 each to 1057 Oneida Trail and 978 Krumroy Road.

Trustees also announced the following events:

√ “Eight Herbs You Really Must Grow,” presented by Sherilyn Medkeff and sponsored by the Springfield Parks Board, will be offered May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Community Center, 2491 Canfield Road;

√ an American Red Cross blood donor clinic will take place May 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road; and

√ “Pulling in the Power of Pollinators,” presented by Peggy Cartwright and sponsored by the Parks Board, will take place June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Community Center.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place May 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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