NORTHFIELD CENTER — Township voters likely will face a 2.76-mill replacement levy for reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

At their June 4 meeting, township trustees adopted a resolution of necessity for the levy and requested the Summit County fiscal officer to certify the total current tax valuation of the township and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy.

The levy now on the books, which was renewed in 2013, is 2.4 mills, but that rate has dropped to 0.64 mills, according to trustees. If passed, the new levy would commence in 2018 with the first collection in 2019.

"We’ve been renewing this levy over the years, and have another road levy up for renewal next year," said Trustee Paul Buescher. "We haven’t passed a new levy in at least 20 years. The money is much needed to keep up with rising costs for repaving and repairing our roads."

Once trustees receive the necessary financial information from the county fiscal officer, they can move forward with a resolution to place the levy on the fall ballot.

Trustees said the 2.4-mill current levy brings in about $108,000 a year, and the increased millage would raise that figure to about $172,000.

According to trustees, the current levy costs owners of property valued at $100,000 about $20.40 per year, and that would increase to about $35 per year if the levy passes. A spokesman from the Summit County Fiscal Office did not respond to phone messages to provide exact estimates of the payment amounts.

A 1.4-mill road levy, which generates $223,746 a year, is up for renewal or replacement in 2020. Another road and bridge levy on the books generates $106,083, thus bringing the annual revenue for road and bridge work to about $438,000.

In other action at the June 4 session, trustees adopted a resolution supporting the zoning commission’s recommendation to rezone a parcel at East Twinsburg and Walters roads, and to make text amendments to sections of the zoning code.

The parcel is about 0.84 acre, and will be rezoned from industrial to R-1 residential to align it with its continuous use since 1963 as a single-family residence, and bring its zoning classification into harmony with the surrounding area.

According to the zoning commission, the property contains a single-family home and fenced area on a recently split lot. A storm water creek runs on the north and west sides of the property, creating a natural barrier to the industrial property from which it was split.

The east border is the Macedonia city limits and the south border is Twinsburg Road. All the surrounding property, except for one tract, is zoned residential.

According to a recommendation by the Summit County Planning Commission, the rezoning will not change the character of the neighborhood or adversely affect adjoining properties.

Also approved were text amendments to Chapters 130 and 310 of the zoning code, which define portable storage units and add provisions regarding them.

A portable storage unit is defined as "a container that is not affixed to the land and is designated for temporary short-term storage, such as PODS and / or steel shipping containers."

It also states mounting any of the described storage containers on a slab, wooden frame or other structures are not permitted.

The new regulations call for no more than one portable storage container or dumpster per lot, with the container not being larger than 8 feet wide, 16 feet long and 8 feet high.

No container or dumpster shall remain in a residential zoning district for more than 15 consecutive days, and cannot be placed on a residential lot in excess of 30 days in any calendar year.

A portable storage unit is permitted during construction or renovation of the principal building for an additional three days before and after such activity as long as a building permit has been issued. Permits are required before a container is placed.

In commercial or industrial areas, the container must be screened from the road and adjoining property by trees or an approved fence or wall, and must be located at the side or behind the business.

Setbacks must conform to the zoning regulations, and the container must be considered safe and have ventilation and locks for safety purposes.

Text amendments to Chapter 410 of the zoning resolution dealing with parking and storage of unlicensed motor vehicles were OK’d. They merely incorporate Summit County’s ordinance dealing with abandoned and junk vehicles into the township code.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com