NEW FRANKLIN The city of New Franklin will continue to work with Insite Advisory Group to serve as a planning consultant for the city.
During the Jan. 3 meeting, City Council approved an agreement with the company, which has served the city since 2014.
Mayor Paul Adamson said the company serves in place of the city having a planning department. He said Insite Advisory Group works to retain and expand local businesses.
"I think they have delivered," Adamson said. "They have done a really good job in the past."
Adamson said he has already sat in some meetings with the company. In addition to planning services, it has helped New Franklin with grants for projects such as the Manchester Road widening project.
The past couple of years the city was paying $25,000, but this year the company asked for $35,000. The sides agreed on $30,000.
Councilman Jim Cotts said he was surprised to see the increase.
"If they keep delivering like this, they are worth the money," Adamson said.
In other business Jan. 3, council:
- Approved for the city to dispose of unneeded, obsolete or unfit personal property by internet auction. Adamson said this is just something that has to be approved by council each year. He said the city doesn’t sell too much on the internet, but any items that would be sold, would have to be approved by council.
- Approved for David Stock to be president of council and Cotts be vice president for 2018.
- Approved that meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Committee meetings begin at 6 p.m. with the regular meeting immediately following.
- Heard from Adamson about property appraisals, which were done last year. He said residents have until April 2 to file a complaint form from the Summit County Fiscal Office’s website if a resident is not happy with their appraisal. Questions can be directed to the fiscal office or New Franklin’s administration offices.
- Heard from Adamson also about the Center Road west resurfacing project. He said it is moving along and will get done this calendar year. He credited former Mayor Al Bollas for leaving the city in such great financial shape.
The next New Franklin Council meeting is set to begin immediately following the committee meetings, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at New Franklin City Hall.