NEW FRANKLIN With the upcoming school year fast approaching, New Franklin City Council and the Manchester Local School District are trying to reach an agreement regarding having an officer in the schools.
During the July 18 meeting, council decided to take time on partnering for three years with Manchester to provide an officer for the schools and hiring an additional officer for the city.
Mayor Paul Adamson said the city has been talking with the schools for a while about providing an officer. Last year, the city moved one full-time officer into the schools for the final six to eight weeks the year.
Adamson said the schools would like to continue to have one officer on its campus for the entire upcoming school year. This move would require New Franklin to hire an additional officer to fill the gap.
Manchester Local Schools has agreed to $30,000 each year to put toward the officer. Adamson said an additional officer will cost the city about $81,000 per year, but the city will have an extra officer for June, July and August when school is not in session. Having the extra officer will eliminate some part-time officer needs, which will save the city some money.
Adamson said he believes it is a fair proposal.
Council entered executive session to discuss the matter because several members of council had questions. No action was taken and council is expected to discuss the matter more at the next meeting.
In other business July 18, council:
- Approved to enter an agreement with the city of Green for shared maintenance for South Main Street. Adamson said the city has had the agreement for years as the dividing line for the two cities goes down the middle of the road. He said the cities are partnering for an upcoming paving project. New Franklin will maintain from West Caston to West Nimisila and Green will maintain from West Nimisila Road to Mount Pleasant Street when it comes to snow removal.
- Approved to adopt public infrastructure design standards and details. GPD drew up the standards, which comply with Summit County and ODOT standards. Adamson said the city didn’t have anything like this before and he wanted to have standards drawn up so they could be given out for any improvements that are made to the roads. This only relates to the road right-of-way areas. He said it will be good to have standards for when NEXUS repairs the roads and the upcoming sewer project begins in the city.
- Approved to purchase a 2017 Mack Truck from R & R Truck Sales through the state bid program. The new truck will cost $158,972 and will replace one that is 20 years old. Adamson said the truck is in the five-year-plan when it comes to finances and said the replacement is a need. Road Superintendent Bryan Kepler said the existing truck is old and he would like to replace it. The new truck will come equipped with a plow and salt spreader and will be used for snow removal for the upcoming winter season.
- Approved to advertise for sealed bids for a garage addition to the existing storage garage at the New Franklin Service Department facility. Adamson said the Service Department lacks space for the two new trucks purchased last year when it took over plowing the streets and ended a plowing contract with the county. The city would like to get the project done before the first snow. Councilman Jim Cotts said he went out and looked at the facility and that he has some questions. He is fine with starting the bidding process, however. Councilwoman Andrea Norris said there is a need and the city is going to be saving money each year from not contracting with the county for snow plowing.
- Discussed purchasing a fire alarm system for the City Administration Building. Adamson said the city received a few more bids and he is still doing some follow up based on referrals.
- Heard from Adamson that the NEXUS project has mostly gone well, other than a few issues. He said one time NEXUS did work in the middle of the night and on a Sunday, which upset some residents.
- Heard from Adamson about the upcoming sewer projects. He said these projects have been in the works for many years by the county and letters are starting to go out to homeowners. He said as the process moves forward, there will be public sessions to provide input.
- Heard from several residents about continued noise issues near Howie's on the Lake. Adamson said he will meet with the ownership again to inform them issues are still ongoing. Residents asked the mayor if the noise ordinance can be enforced. The residents said they aren’t opposed to the business, they just wish they would be more respectful to the neighborhood. Adamson said he is working with legal council about speed humps to see if the city can install some temporary ones in areas where cars are speeding. Cotts said Howies is a good business and does partner with the community on projects.
- Heard from Finance Director Susan Cooke that the city had a clean audit for 2017.
- Announced a representative from Republic Waste will be at the Aug. 15 meeting to discuss some of the concerns when it comes to trash and recycle.
- Announced starting in August the New Franklin Parks Commission Meetings will be held 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. All meetings are at the administrative building and are open to the public.
The next New Franklin Council meeting is set to begin immediately following the committee meetings, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at New Franklin City Hall.