NORTHFIELD CENTER — Township trustees have slightly altered the rate of a replacement levy which they expect to place on the Nov. 6 ballot for reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads.

At a special meeting Wednesday, trustees rescinded a previously approved resolution of necessity for a 2.76-mill levy and adopted a new one which changed the rate to 2.78 mills.

Trustee Paul Buescher said the change was made after the Summit County Fiscal Office revised the millage figure and some wording of the resolution.

The township will now ask the Summit County fiscal officer to certify to trustees a dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by the renewal of 2.42 mills and increase of 0.36 mills. If passed, the levy would run for five years, commencing in 2018 with the first collection in 2019.

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.

Buescher said the township hasn’t passed a new levy in at least 20 years, noting "the money is much needed to keep up with rising costs for repaving and repairing our roads."

The township will have a 1.4-mill road levy, which generates $223,746 a year, 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 June 27, trustees authorized the submission of an application to receive an Ohio Public Works Commission state capital improvement or local transportation improvement grant to help fund Springwood Road and Natalie Boulevard improvements.

Northfield Center Township will be the lead agency for the funds, with Sagamore Hills Township as a partner agency. The project likely would be done in 2020.

Trustee Russ Mazzola said the project estimate is around $800,000, noting the OPWC grants usually take care of about 50 percent of the total cost, with the remainder to be split between the two townships.

The 2019 tax budget was adopted, and will be sent to the Summit County Budget Commission. Resources for 2019 are estimated at $7.3 million. The township expects to receive $1.92 million from three road levies, three police levies, a fire and EMS levy and a general levy.

Trustees added Mark Wysocki to the township’s new stormwater management committee, and named Patrick Xavier to replace Andy Jalwan on the parks and recreation committee.

It also was noted Joe Grezelak is a member of the safety and services committee. His first name was incorrectly listed when the panel was chosen recently.

Trustees also OK’d paying $23,711 as the township’s 2018 share to support the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery.

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