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Falls Council grants tax abatement to relocating business

12/11/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

A historic building in Cuyahoga Falls will be put back to use with financial help from the city.

Council, at the Dec. 8 meeting, approved a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement with Arkay Properties LLC.

The agreement grants a tax abatement to Arkay Properties LLC to assist in the relocation of TRIAD Communications/Next Level Interactive, 2006 Fourth St., to 1701 Front St., the site of the former Falls Stamping and Welding.

According to the approved agreement, Arkay Properties LLC would receive a 50 percent tax exemption for five years to help fund a $1.36 million rehabilitation project — to begin this month and end next summer — at the new location of TRIAD Communications/Next Level Interactive on Front Street.

At the Dec. 15 meeting of the Community Development Committee, Council will review an additional Community CRA agreement proposed at the request of Harbor Castings Inc., currently located in North Canton.

In other business, Council established the annual appropriations for current expenses, capital expenses and other expenses of the city for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2015.

Councilwoman Carol Klinger (R-at large) said she is pleased Council and the administration were able to finish next year’s budget earlier than in years past.

“It has been an excellent process,” she said.

Council also approved the following legislation:

  • an ordinance authorizing Mayor Don Walters to enter into an agreement with the Utility Workers’ Union of America Local 339, effective Jan. 1;
  • an ordinance authorizing Law Director Russ Balthis to enter into a contract with Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. LPA for legal services related to pending and potential tort litigation; and
  • a resolution requesting Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise make advance distribution of tax receipts payable to the city.

In addition, Council introduced several pieces of new legislation at the meeting:

√ an ordinance authorizing an agreement to allow KEPS Technologies Inc., doing business as ACD.net, to access the city’s right of way and electric poles for the construction and maintenance of fiber optic cable, guy wires, new poles and other telecommunications equipment;

√ an ordinance authorizing participation in American Municipal Power’s Rate Stabilization Program;

√ an ordinance authorizing the execution of Energy Purchase Power Supply Schedule with American Municipal Power Inc.;

√ an ordinance amending the compensation and classification plan for full-time nonbargaining positions and assigning and reassigning various job classifications to appropriate established salary grades; and

√ an ordinance establishing pay ranges for part-time per diem and special classification workers.

In other city business, Walters announced the Cuyahoga Falls Sanitation Department is partnering with Simple Recycling to collect used clothing, shoes and home goods at the curb for city sanitation customers on their regular weekly collection day at no additional cost.

According to city officials, customers should have received green bags in the mail, marked “Simple Recycling,” to recycle unwanted home goods, clothing and shoes, beginning Dec. 15.

The bags should be placed beside customers’ recycling carts for pick up, city officials said.

Council will hold committee meetings to discuss the new legislation Dec. 15 and a regular meeting Dec. 22, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, located at 2345 Fourth St.

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