NEW FRANKLIN  New Franklin is joining the Akron-Summit County Energy Special Improvement District.

During the Feb. 20 meeting, City Council heard from Jason Dodson, chief of staff for Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, about energy efficient projects.

He said the energy district started in Akron with the PNC Bank building downtown making a $5.5 million heating and cooling upgrade. The district has expanded into Bath, Barberton, Copley, Coventry and Springfield just to name a few communities. Dodson said some other areas have pending legislation to join the district.

He said the district is a tool the city and county can use to help businesses expand and grow.

The county is planning to do a lighting project at one of their pump stations in the city once the city joins the district.

Dodson said the district is targeted towards businesses and it is working on a residential program.

In other business Feb. 20, council:

- Approved changing the zoning classification of eight parcels of property from B-1 (light commercial) to B-2 (heavy commercial). A public hearing was held and no one spoke for or against the change.

- Approved the transfer of funds from the General Fund to the Police District and Dispatch Funds.

- Approved the transfer of funds from the General Fund to the Streets Capital Improvement Fund for $600,000.

- Approve for New Franklin to enter into an agreement with AT&T for the lease of the Hosted Vesta 911 with Vesta Map System for the New Franklin Dispatch Center.

- Approved authorizing New Franklin to obtain pavement marking striping services under the Summit County Engineer’s bid.

- Took time on a resolution supplementing a prior resolution providing the list of roads to be included in the Summit County Engineer’s 422 paving chip and seal program.

- Heard from Mayor Paul Adamson who said the Charter Review Commission has met and they will be reviewing the entire charter over the next few months.