NEW FRANKLIN Earlier this year, Manchester Local Schools received the COPS-Stops Grant for $174,000. And because this federal grant and purchases have to be run through the municipality the school is located is where New Franklin has to step in.
During the Dec. 4 meeting, City Council approved an agreement with 21st Century Integrated Systems for the purchase of man-traps and electronic door notification for Manchester Local Schools. The cost for the man-trap doors is $11,464 and the electronic door systems are $17,235.
Council also approved an agreement with Prodoor & Security for the purchase of door locks for Manchester Local Schools. The door locks cost $67,548.
All of the new security measures are being paid for through the grant and come at no cost for the city. The safety improvements are being done at both the middle school and the high school.
In other business Dec. 4, City Council:
• Approved a one-year contract with the Summit County Public Defenders Commission. This is a contract the city enters into each year and has not had to expend any money on it over the years.
• Approved an agreement with Nextera Energy Services for base contract pricing of natural gas service. Mayor Paul Adamson said he expects at least $100 per-month saving. The contract is for two years and the city can opt-out at any time. Councilman Tony Hawk voted no on the agreement while the rest of council supported the change.
• Approved a transfer from the General Fund to the Self Insurance Fund for $150,000.
• Approved to authorize additional appropriations for the 2019 annual operating appropriation budget. The additional appropriations are for $207,056 to the Self Insurance Fund for insurance payments.
• Took time on a resolution to adopt the temporary appropriations for 2020 for the city. Finance Director Susan Cooke said these appropriations cover the city for the first three months. She suggested the appropriations are only a draft and council should take time on the resolution.
• Heard from Mayor Paul Adamson that the city’s Facebook page is up. Anyone interested in following along on the page can do so by liking City of New Franklin, Ohio on Facebook. He also said the Summit County Board of Elections has certified the election results and the changes to the charter approved by the voters are now visible in the charter online.
• Entered executive session for personnel about fire administration with no action taken.
The next New Franklin Council meeting is set to begin immediately following the committee meetings, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at New Franklin City Hall.