SPRINGFIELD TWP. Springfield trustees adopted a resolution to enact a township permissive motor vehicle license tax at their May 25 meeting.
Two public meetings were held, one on May 22 and a second before the May 25 trustee meeting, for anyone wanting to ask questions on the new fee. The fee increase was explained at the public meetings. When residents of Springfield Township renew their license tags for vehicles, beginning January 1, 2018, the cost will be $5 more than the 2017 tags. It is important that residents make sure that when purchasing those tags that the Department of Motor Vehicles knows they live in the township so that Springfield receives the permissive taxes and not the city of Akron.
Most surrounding communities, including Akron, applied the tax increase years ago. The laws allowed for the increase in 1987, but Springfield never applied the one time increase. Due to the loss of more than $800,000 in state funds, the trustees voted to add the $5 fee. It is a one-time fee and cannot be added again. The new dollars from the fees are estimated to provide $71,932 for the township.
The dollars from the license fee can only be used for roads in the township. There are approximately 16,932 cars registered in the township and trustees said there are probably others that are in the township, but registered as Akron.
The board also awarded a scholarship to graduating Springfield High School senior Andrew Hanna.
Hanna received $1,000 scholarship from the Spectrum Cable funds. His future plans are to work in the front office of a professional sports team. Hanna is a student-athlete and huge sports fan who played both basketball and baseball. He wrote on his application for the scholarship that athletics and sports have influenced him to pursue a career in Sports Management. Hanna participates in youth group at Grace United Church of Christ, plays with the Canton Spikes baseball team and volunteers at the annual Vince Mealy Baseball Tournament. He is a member of Renaissance, National Honor Society and was selected as one of 10 seniors to represent SHS at county leadership training. He plans to attend Malone College.
Other approved business included accepting the resignations of officer John Smith, officer Dawson Wise and data entry clerk Gwendolyn Erskine, effective June 4. The board also accepted the retirement resignation of officer Perry Linaburg. Officers Joshua Twigg and Eric Glass were changed from full-time service to part time. Also for the department, a renewal of the LEADS Online Service for a one-year contract in the amount of $2,128 was approved.
Business for the road department included a request for engineering assistance to the Summit County Engineer for the Marvo Drive Vacation and the assistance for portions of Fritsch Avenue, Hayne Road and Maple Drive right-of-way.
Zoning Department business included declaring three properties as nuisance and initiate abatement and a work order to demolish a property on Carper Avenue. A work order for the removal of asbestos, prior to demolition for a property on Pressler Road not to exceed $1,500 was also approved.
In other business, the board:
• Noted that trustees have a pamphlet regarding Summit County Veteran Family Services. A variety of services are offered for veterans and their families. For information contact 855-234-7310.
• Reminded the community that the Friday night concert series begins at the Vince Mealy Bicentennial Gazebo began June 2.
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., June 8 at the Town Hall located on Canfield Road.