NEW FRANKLIN There will be a new mayor in the city of New Franklin to start the New Year.
During the Dec. 20 New Franklin Council meeting, council and the community wished Al Bollas well in retirement. Paul Adamson, who won an uncontested election in November, joikingly said Bollas was the best mayor New Franklin.
Bollas is the only mayor the New Franklin has ever had, as it formerly was Franklin Township until being incorporated 2005.
"No one could have done what you did," Adamson said. "You left us in a really good place."
Bollas said he really liked the job of being mayor.
"I want to thank all of you for letting me lead this community into the twenty-first century," Bollas said. "We have accomplished and improved many things since being the former Franklin Township."
Bollas thanked his wife for all the time that he took away from family during the last 23 years. He said the city is in good hands with Adamson as mayor and Tony Hawk as a new member of council.
Bollas was presented with several plaques including one signed by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro declaring Dec. 20, 2017, Al Bollas day.
Council also recognized Harry Gehm for his six years on council.
Refreshments were served following the meeting to honor the outgoing mayor and council member.
In other business Dec. 20, council:
- Approved on first reading a bid to Northstar Asphalt for the Center Road west resurfacing project. Northstar came in at the lowest bid at $621,289.
- Approved on first reading the temporary appropriations for 2018 for the city.
- Approved on first reading the return of funds advanced by the General Fund to the JAG Grant Fund.
- Approved on first reading that the Summit County fiscal officer make an advanced payment of tax funds for tax year 2017 payable in 2018 to the city.
- Approved on first reading the transfer of funds from the General Fund to the police district and dispatch funds.
- Heard from Law Director Tom Musarra that the city has already received the $60,000 for the road easements from NEXUS.
The next New Franklin Council meeting is set to begin immediately following the committee meetings, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 3 at New Franklin City Hall.