NEW FRANKLIN City Council continues to review, discuss and finalize information on an ordinance that would authorize the city to enter into an agreement with the city of Green to create a regional council of governments for the sharing services and to create a shared public safety dispatch center.
Mayor Paul Adamson said New Franklin would save about $100,000 a year and it will be a more effective way to dispatch. the proposal will be finalized after both councils pass the ordinances, which is expected to happen by mid-October.
During the meeting, Adamson reported The COVID-19 federal disbursement funding has not yet been resolved. Summit County is stating specific data is needed to confirm how the funds must be applied for safety forces and must be dedicated to COVID-19 response. Funds in the amount of $200,000 for House Bill 481 will be received as additional funding and will be distributed for businesses within Summit County.
Adamson said a proposal has been submitted to Spectrum for broadband expansion. Many residents do not have access and with schools working remotely, he said it is essential. Adamson advises residents who do not have service to contact the city.
Approved business included:
• A resolution authorizing New Franklin to accept a Fiscal Year 2019 assistance to firefighters grant for the purchase of a pumper truck.
• A resolution creating a separate fund for the South Main Street resurfacing project and authorizing appropriations in the amount of $678,334.24.
• A resolution authorizing New Franklin to enter into an agreement with Transportation Accessories Company and Insight Public Sector for the purchase of bus cameras and bus and building camera playback and monitoring equipment for Manchester Local Schools in conjunction with the Cops Office Stop School Violence Prevention program award.
• Adamson said that meetings continue regarding the expansion of the Tudor House being managed by another firm. He said the policy manual has been completed and a copy will be distributed for council to review.
• The Service Department has hired Linda Morgan as an Administrative Assistant to Bryan Kepler.
"She brings a variety of knowledge and skill to the position and we welcome her," said Adamson.