GREEN  The city is expected to receive $52,358 worth of telecommunications equipment by mid-October following City Council’s approval of the purchase Sept. 12.

Council President Chris Humphrey said the upgrade, to include video and microphone improvements, is needed to both improve participation in council meetings and the recording of meetings.

He added that the funding is a small portion of local cable provider franchise fees collected by the city to be used for such equipment upgrades by both Green and the Green Local Schools.

Councilman At-large Stephen Dyer pointed out that the fund total is $360,000, "So there are significant revenues in there for upgrades in future years."

Other legislation passed

Council also approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a lease agreement with Summit County and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to provide stables for the Sheriff’s mounted patrol unit horses.

Council members approved a resolution creating the position and pay range of assistant finance director. 

Humphrey explained that following discussions with city administration and union members, and upon a suggestion of the Ohio Employee Relations Board, it was decided that the position unsuited to be part of a collective bargaining unit and should be an administrative position.

Council passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Gerard Neugebauer to grant salary adjustments in the amount of $60,400 to non-bargaining city employees. Humphrey said that, on average, this amounts to a 2.7 percent pay increase but individual raises would come at the discretion of department supervisors, based upon employee merit.

Council members also approved a tax increment financing (TIF) agreement for property developed by Great Green and owned by CAM Green in relation to an 86 bed assisted living facility between Graybill Road and Interstate 77 known as the Gables of Green.

TIF revenues from the $12 million project, Humphrey said, will be available for the city to use on future infrastructure improvements after the initial improvements to the property are made. 

He added that the Green Schools will also be financially "protected" as part of the TIF agreement.