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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield residents to face road renewal levy

  • Trustees agreed last month to proceed with a 1-mill, five-year road department renewal levy. The levy, if passed by voters, will go into effect in 2014 with collections beginning in 2015.

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  • Trustees agreed last month to proceed with a 1-mill, five-year road department renewal levy. The levy, if passed by voters, will go into effect in 2014 with collections beginning in 2015.
    Trustee Bruce Killian emphasized the renewal levy does not constitute a tax increase.
    Trustee Dean Young pointed to a decrease in funding from the state as a reason the renewal is important to the township fiscally.
    “The state continues to make it more difficult at the local level to fund the operations,” Young said. “We will be experiencing a short fall in excess of $300,000 from state funding. We have a governor that is going to say that he cut the cost of operation, but part of that story includes pushing the burden downhill. Cutting the funds we depend on to continue to provide the same services.”
    THREE SMITHS
    Fiscal Officer Joy Dies swore in part-time police officer Roy Smith as a full time officer.
    “Roy was captain at Lakemore when we did the police merger and he was to come over full time,” Police Chief John Smith said. “He fell out of a tree and broke his leg, so we were lucky to have him come in at part-time. He has impressed myself and all of the supervisors since he has been here.”
    Roy Smith has been in law enforcement since 1991.
    “He is well respected,” John Smith said. “No, he is not related to me. We have three Smiths now, none related.”
    In other business, John Smith reminded residents they will likely continue to see black bears in the area.
    “They are not Yogi and Boo Boo, they are not grizzly's either,” John Smith said. “Don't corner them; Iif you see them call us. We are not going to shoot them. Be aware that they like trash cans and bird feeders.”
    ZONING NOTES
    Zoning department work orders will be assigned to remove asbestos prior to demolition for four structures. Also, the progress continues at 1447 Pin Oak Drive. This structure was slated for demolition, but owners are working to bring it up to standard.
    It will be reviewed at the Aug. 8 meeting.
    The meeting paused to hold the advertised public hearing on zoning changes. The changes consisted of language changes and pertained to the jurisdiction of the Board of Appeals. The changes were approved.
    In other action, the board:
    • Passed a resolution declaring the month of August Summit County Kids Month.
    • Approved the 2014 Alternative Tax Budget for the township and instructed the fiscal officer to file a signed copy of the document with the Summit County Fiscal Officer.
    • Apprpved the repair of SCBA Units at a cost of $1,882.10 for the fire department.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Accepted the resignation of part-time Det. Carl Blasdel effective July 31. He will be rehired effective Aug. 5  as a part-time detective. This allows Blasdel to comply with the new rules of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.
    • Authorized Director of Parks and Recreation Doug Foltz to submit an application for grant monies for the development of additional recreational and park facilities.

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