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The Suburbanite
  • Stark County commissioners meeting of March 20

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  • KEY ACTION  Finalized the county’s 2013 spending plan for the 20-plus offices and agencies that rely on the taxpayer-supported general fund and the sales tax-supported criminal justice fund.
    DISCUSSION  The $56 million worth of allocations approved Wednesday contain only one change compared to the budget plan commissioners presented last week to elected officials and county employees.
    The board agreed to give the Stark County Veterans Service Commission an additional $125,204 to cover $77,000 for retirement payouts that inadvertently were omitted from the original recommendation and $48,204 to cover a portion of the agency’s new transportation contract with the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority. The added funds will come from the $5.4 million that commissioners set aside to address future technology upgrades, infrastructure needs and unexpected emergencies.
     OTHER ACTION
    • Purchased on behalf of the Stark County Engineer’s Office: A 2012 Caterpillar wheel loader for $156,177 from Ohio Cat Exchange, a 2013 New Holland Tractor for $47,059 from Akron Tractor & Equipment, and a 2013 Alamo mower for $25,397 from Akron Tractor & Equipment. The engineer’s funds will pay for the purchases.
    • Hired CT Consultants of North Canton for up to $550,503 to create the final design plans for the replacement of the Werner Church Road bridge in Plain Township. The firm had created the preliminary design for the project, which is estimated to cost $4.5 million for construction. The Federal Highway Administration and the Ohio Department of Transportation will cover the project’s costs.
    • Hired on behalf of the Stark County Sanitary engineer’s office three Stark County companies to do small repairs on county sanitary sewer and waterlines as needed during the next two years. Wenger Excavating of Dalton, Donald P. Albrecht of Massillon and Malavite Excavating of East Sparta each will be paid up to $49,000.
    UP NEXT  Meets at 10 a.m. Monday for a work session on the second floor of the Stark County Office Building at 110 Central Plaza S. in Canton.