LAKEMORE During the July 3 council meeting, Lakemore Councilman Chad Lance said they would be presenting legislation that would increase sewer bills during the July 17 meeting.
Lance reported that the village has a lot of filtrations into the sewers from rain. Recently when there was two inches of rain in a day much of it ended up in the sanitary sewer. The last bill from Akron was $102,000 for the community. The raise would be in effect for Oct. 1 billing and would cost residents and commercial buildings $2 a month more totaling $91 per quarter.
"It is something we have to do. It is a necessary evil," he said.
The increase will be voted on during the September meetings.
Mayor Rick Justice said that down the road they hope to do some repairs to fix the issues.
"We will be looking at ways to fix the problem."
Bullet proof vests
During the meeting, the Lakemore Lions Club presented bullet proof vests to the Fire Department. The vests were purchased through donations and fundraising. Club President Heather Anderson said it is a way to help the first responders to better serve the community and gives them comfort in knowing it can help them make it home to their families.
"We hope they never have to use them," Anderson said.
Vice President Justin Knox said the club is happy to have the police force back in the village and presented Police Chief Ken Ray with a thin blue line flag that commemorates fallen officers and shows support for living officers.
Ray thanked the Lions Club for all the work it does, and said he had no idea how important a club like that could be to the community.
Justice spoke about the Huntington Bank closing at the plaza. He said the village have a good relationship with the bank and knows it will be an inconvenience. He is hopeful that another bank will go in that space soon.
Income tax increase
During the June 19 meeting, Village Council approved an ordinance to place an income tax increase on the November ballot.
The increase, which would raise the rate from 2 to 2.5 percent, would be used for street maintenance and improvements and would be effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Councilman Rich Cole said the tax is strictly for the roads and road maintenance.
"We take a lot of heat for the condition of the roads. Come out and vote for the increase to better the roads," he said.
Councilman Josh Timko said the village has been operating with the 2 percent since 1982 and it is hard to get anything done without an increase of funds in 35 years.
A similar 0.5 percent increase was voted down during the May primary election.
Edwin Shaw and paving
Mayor Rick Justice reported at the June 19 meeting the demolition for Edwin Shaw is on schedule and should be completed around the end of August, which is ahead of schedule.
Justice also reported that the village was able to do some paving on Mohican, Oneida and Ithaca streets.
"It came in under budget and we got a little more done than what we thought we would get done," he said.
Approved legislation on June 19 and July 3 included:
- An ordinance to increase pay rates for the Lakemore Fire Department, including all personnel with firefighter/paramedic-level training will be compensated at an hourly rate of $14.50. Personnel with a rank of lieutenant with paramedic-level training will be compensated at an hourly rate of $14.75. Personnel with a rank of captain with paramedic-level training will be compensated at an hourly rate of $15.
- A resolution to renew trash services for five years with Republic Waste Services.
- A resolution to hire Jeffrey Wilson as a reserve police officer for the village.
- Ordinances to dedicate Plaza Drive and for the mayor to enter into a cooperative agreement with Akron Center Associates and Summit County to obtain and improve the private drive.
- The acceptance of the Plaza Drive agreement with Summit County and Lakemore Plaza owners for repair of the driveway.
- Acceptance of the dedication of Plaza Drive as a public street.
- An emergency resolution approving a fire dispatching agreement with the City of Green.
- Acceptance of the 2018 alternative tax budget.
- Council approved the promotion of Jeffrey Wilson to part-time patrolman for the police department.
For your information
- The Lions Club will host a golf outing on Sept. 17 and it is looking for golfers and sponsors. Contact Chad Lance or any Lions Club member for more information.
- Lance also said that the base for the new playground equipment will be down soon. It is a rubber base.
- Lakemore United Methodist Church will sponsor a movie night at Dodd's park on the lake and an ice cream social on Aug. 5.
- Springfield Cares backpack and school supplies giveaway will be Aug. 12. The fire department will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs for those waiting in line.
- Springfield Cares will be holding a Stuff the Bus event July 28, 29 and 30. The bus will be parked on Flickinger Road across from the Lakemore United Methodist Church. Springfield Cares is looking for donations of school supplies and non-perishable food items.
The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m., July 17 at the Municipal Building. There are no council meetings planned for August.