NEW FRANKLIN The city of New Franklin has settled with NEXUS in terms of easements to use city roads.
During the Dec. 6 council meeting, council approved an agreement 6-0 to grant 12 easements to NEXUS for access to the roads.
Law Director Tom Musarra said there have been discussions about this in executive session between council and the mayor. He said the original offer was $36,600 and the city had an appraiser review all of NEXUS’s work and thought the original offer was fair, but the city could ask for more since it involves public roads.
NEXUS agreed for the city to receive $60,000 in exchange for the easements.
"I think the $60,000 is a very fair number," Musarra said.
The city also has a road use maintenance agreement. The agreement requires a $500,000 bond from NEXUS as the city wants to make sure the roads are ok. Musarra said the bond is insurance on the roads to draw from if NEXUS were to fail to fix the roads.
He said all the residents in New Franklin along the route have settled with NEXUS. In Ohio, only six land owners have not entered into an agreement with NEXUS, one of those being the city of Green who is fighting NEXUS in court. Recently the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to stop all construction of the NEXUS Pipeline in Green.
Councilman Jim Cotts said that the city is not in favor of the pipeline by approving the easements.
In other business Dec. 5 council:
- Approved on first reading an agreement to enter into a contract with the city of Barberton to provide prosecutorial services for the city.
- Approved on first reading a one-year agreement with the Summit County Public Defenders Commission.
- Approved on first reading for the city to join a coalition of municipalities retaining special counsel for the purpose initiating litigation to challenge the constitutionality of amendments to chapter 718 of the Ohio Revised Code relating to municipal income tax.
- Approved on first reading to transfer funds from the street construction, maintenance and repair fund to the street capital improvements fund.
- Approved on first reading to authorize additional appropriations to the 2017 annual operating appropriation budget.
- Approved a resolution to require New Franklin City Council, the mayor, directors and full-time non-union employees to pay a monthly premium contribution for healthcare.
- Approved a resolution stating that the city agrees to pick up a portion of the statutorily required contribution to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System for New Franklin employees who are members of the bargaining unit represented by Local 348 of the Teamsters’ Union.
- Approved a resolution stating that the city agrees to pick up a portion of the statutorily required contribution to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System for New Franklin employees who are full-time non-union employees.
- Heard from Bill Roemer who is running for Ohio District 38 next year. Roemer formerly was a Summit County councilman and also ran for Summit County executive, but was defeated by Russ Pry. Roemer currently serves on the board at the Summit County Education Service Center.
- Heard from Bollas, who said this was his second to last council meeting and said he estimates he has been to about 600 council meetings. He said he has met with new mayor Paul Adamson and the transition will be smooth.
- Bollas also said the city recently was awarded the AMATS Grant the city put in for resurfacing South Main Street from Nimisila Road to Mount Pleasant Road.