SPRINGFIELD TWP. During the Oct. 12 meeting, Springfield trustees and department heads reminded the residents of the upcoming levies that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The first is a renewal levy for the Police Department. Police Chief Dave Hoover said there is no additional tax; the levy is a renewal that first was approved by voters in 1993. He added that if the renewal does not pass, the department will have to resort to layoffs. Half of the 15 full time officers would have to be laid off in order to keep within budget.
Parks Department Director Doug Foltz said the upcoming parks levy is needed to continue to cover operational costs.
"This supports so many valuable things in our community; our lakefront center, all of our parks and trails, our Springfield Athletic Complex that is home to Springfield Spartans baseball, softball and some soccer teams, all of our programming, our Friday night concerts, our Cruise In on the Lake," Foltz said. "We had a Food Truck Festival this year, our Holiday Lights coming up and our master garden classes. All of those are available because we have funding to have those amenities and programs here in our parks."
The 1.3-mill levy will cost the owner of an $80,000 home about 10 cents a day, or $36.50 a year. Foltz encouraged anybody who has a question about the levy to call him at 330-734-4121.
"Anyone that has any questions, call me so we can discuss parks or funding or what you think we should do in the future," he said.
Friends of the Spartan Trail
Foltz was presented with a check from Turkeyfoot Family Pet Center's Dr. Jeff Lanz during the meeting.
The pet center, at 687 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, donated 10 percent of the gross receipts for one month’s toe nail clipping for cats/dogs which amounted to $1,214 to Friend’s of the Spartan Trail.
"That is a very generous donation," said Foltz.
He thanked Lance, Patty Maykowski, officer manager, and Janie Carlini from the Friend’s of the Spartan Trail who secured the donation for the community. Lanz spoke to the board and said his pet center has used the Springfield Park for the Summit County Humane Society’s Bark in the Park event.
"Personally, I like to hike, I like to bike and I have pets so this seemed to be a natural thing to support," Lanz said."
OPEC fee agreement
The board approved a fee agreement for an Ohio Public Employee Consortium (OPEC) case.
"We were involved in the Ohio Public Employee’s Consortium as an entity of medical claims," said Trustee Dean Young. "There has been a substantial issue that has arisen and it is now in litigation in the Stark County Court of Pleas. We are one of 37 entities that have joined in the action. In order to protect the employees of Springfield Township, we have engaged council," said Trustee Dean Young, who said Springfield is responsible for 1/37 of the cost.
In other business, trustees:
- Approved a revised amount for the purchase of a server from CHI Corporation from $13,260 to $13,300. The additional $40 is for shipping.
- Approved to purchase Class A firefighter foam at an estimated cost of $1,200. Also approved was the annual certification of repairs to self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) at a cost of $2,355.40 and the purchase of annual internet-based shift scheduling program at a cost of $1,761. An application for firefighter exposure to environmental elements grant in the amount of $14,390 was approved by the trustees. The grant is a 5 to 1 match with BWC providing $11,991.66 up front, and the fire department responsible for $2,398.34.
- Heard from Road Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer who said the department has been out cleaning ditches. He reminded residents to keep their ditches free and clear of debris and not to put leaves in the ditches. If he gets a call that a ditch is clogged due to residents racking leaves in them, it will be the resident’s responsibility to clean it out.
Weinsheimer also reported that salt prices have gone down $3 a ton from last year and it will save the township $4,500 over last year’s cost.
- Approved a proposal for Ziegler Tire’s for the replacement of eight drive tires on two snow plow trucks in an amount not to exceed $2,840.40.
- Approved a resolution petitioning the Summit County Council to vacate Marvo Drive in the Township. The road has a single owner and will be maintained by that person.
- Coffee With A Cop will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at McDonalds.
- Trick or Treat will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.
- Dog and cat vaccinations will be done at the at the Road Department for $10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4
- The annual Firefighter Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Department will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 11
The board went into Executive Session to consider negotiations with a union employee of the Road Department, and to consider a complaint/discipline upon a public employee. No action was taken when the meeting resumed.
The next regular meeting of the trustees will be held at 6 p.m., Oct. 26 at Town Hall on Canfield Road.