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Copley trustees shift tax dollars to General Fund

6/26/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Copley Township Board of Trustees at the June 18 meeting agreed to direct just under 0.5 mill of inside millage from the Road and Bridge Fund to the township’s General Fund.

Shifting the millage will put an additional $232,000 in the 2015 General Fund, trustees said.

Trustees, at an earlier meeting, discussed the move at length, saying they wanted to strengthen the General Fund after losing about $1.5 million a year in inheritance taxes and state aid to local governments.

The township Road and Bridge Fund currently is supported by a levy that expires at the end of the year. Trustee Helen Humphrys said she and Service Director Mark Mitchell determined the road and bridge levy adequately supports maintenance and repair.

Trustees took the first steps toward placing the road and bridge levy and the township fire levy, both of which expire at the end of the year, on the November General Election ballot. Trustees approved resolutions asking the Summit County Fiscal officer to provide estimates of revenue for replacing and renewing the two levies. Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall received approval to request amounts for 2.5-mill replacement and renewal road and bridge levies and for 3.3-mill replacement and renewal fire levies. The amounts will be reviewed at a future meeting.

Trustees also took the first step toward determining if a retention/detention basin on City of Akron-owned property along Copley Road would help abate flooding in the Copley Meadows allotment, which was hard-hit during a May 12 storm. Trustees approved hiring Environmental Design Group (EDG), of Akron, to conduct a feasibility study for no more than $7,250, according to Mitchell. He said the township had Akron’s blessing to explore the possibility. Mitchell said a walk-through of the property with an EDG representative was encouraging.

ETA Development Inc., of Akron, was selected to demolish the Copley Community Center on Sunset Drive to make way for construction of the township’s new police station. ETA was the low bidder at $23,650, according to township officials. Trustees received 12 bids for the project ranging from ETA’s $23,650 to $111,300. Mitchell said the township still had to abate asbestos from the building.

Police Chief Michael Mier requested trustees accept Patrolman Paul Cerovac’s letter of resignation. Cerovac, who will retire from the force effective July 1, was a member of the Copley police force for eight years, Mier said. Cerovac previously retired from the Shaker Heights Police Department, he added. Cerovac told trustees he appreciated the opportunity to serve the community.

“I’ve met a lot of people and made a lot of friends,” Cerovac said.

Trustees approved an expenditure of just over $96,000 to purchase and outfit three staff vehicles for the Fire Department. The planned capital purchases include $76,768 to Ganley Ford for two Ford Explorers and one Ford F250 pickup, $7,000 to Classic Designs for lettering the vehicles and about $12,498 to Fallsway Equipment for emergency lighting and siren packages. The three vehicles are replacements for vehicles currently in service, said Fire Chief Michael Benson.

In other business, trustees:

  • approved resolutions declaring 839 White Pond Drive and 1125 Millhaven Drive nuisances and ordered removal of vegetation and/or debris from the properties. The cost of the cleanup will be assessed to the property owner;
  • approved closing South Cleveland-Massillon Road and Copley Road for the Aug. 2 Heritage Day Parade;
  • approved training for Fire Department personnel;
  • approved renewing the contract of Marcie Mason, youth worker, with a 2 percent wage increase. The action is contingent upon Bath Township approving the same contract terms. Mason’s position is shared by the two townships;
  • approved the purchase of $32,000 in road salt from Cargill Deicing Technologies to replenish the township supply;
  • approved a $15,000 purchase order to Perrin Asphalt and Concrete for concrete curb and catch basin repair on various township roads;
  • agreed to accept about $2,740 in delinquent bed taxes from Shri Shiv Inc., former owner of the Comfort Inn in Montrose. The bankruptcy settlement was for 50 cents on the dollar, according to township officials;
  • approved a $2,859 tuition reimbursement for Police Sgt. Jack Simone;  and
  • agreed to donate $500 of a $685 recycling rebate to the burn center at Akron Children’s Hospital. The rebate was generated by material deposited at the township recycle center at 1280 Sunset Drive.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for July 2 at 6 p.m. at Copley Town Hall, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Trustees have canceled their regularly scheduled July 16 meeting.

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