GREEN A proposal to establish a “budget stabilization fund,” designed to ensure safety service funding in the event of a 10 percent or more income tax reduction within the first six months of a fiscal year, was nixed by Council at its April 23 meeting.
Councilpersons Bob Young, Barbara Babbitt, Rocco Yeargin and Chris Humphrey voted against the proposal, stating that the legislation is redundant in light of the city’s already established six-month reserve fund.
“It is not as if we cannot use the six-month reserve for safety services and it’s much bigger than the stabilization fund,” Humphrey said.
Councilman Stephen Dyer, co-sponsor of the legislation with Councilman Matt Shaughnessy, said the stabilization fund, unlike the six-month reserve, would specifically earmark funding for safety and other essential services.
“A vote against this is a vote against cops and firefighters in a downturn,” Dyer said.
Councilman Justin Speight, who voted for the ordinance with Dyer and Shaughnessy, said he would suggest amendments but the proposal is “virtually what we (currently) do but putting it on paper.”
Fire and Sheriff reports
Green Fire Chief Jeff Funai and Summit County Sheriff Deputy Larry Brown gave each department’s March activity reports.
Funai reported that the department responded to 331 total calls, which included three fire calls; 269 EMS calls; one rescue call; and nine service calls. The fire department also had 19 false alarms and an overall average response time of 4:58 minutes per call, Funai said.
Brown reported that deputies responded to 2,070 calls in March, including 222 traffic incidents and 89 accidents – 62 considered minor and 17 major, with 10 persons taken to the hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office also issued 50 citations and 170 warnings. A total of 68 arrests were made, including 2 drunken driving citations; seven arrests on nine domestic violence calls; one arrest in three burglary calls; eight arrests on 27 theft calls; and 13 drug arrests.
The two drug overdoses in the city in March, Brown said, indicated that ODs are “still going down.”
Council accepted the planning and zoning commission approval of the first two phases of a development in the Raintree Estates, in which several neighbors collectively purchased a property behind their homes to add acreage to their individual properties, Yeargin explained.
Finance committee chair Humphrey that the city’s first quarter 2019 income tax collections are 0.44 percent below first quarter 2018 receipts or, “essentially flat.”
Service Director Valerie Wax-Carr reported that summer hours at the city recycling center have begun.
The hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, based upon weekly activity levels at the facility, Wax-Carr said.