NORTHFIELD CENTER — Township trustees have OK’d a joint application with Sagamore Hills Township and the North Hills Water District to the Ohio Public Works Commission for $330,000 in additional loan funds for a water line to improve firefighting protection along Natalie Drive.

Jeff Snell, law director for Sagamore Hills Township, said Feb. 4 that a $400,000 loan already has been approved for the project, which will cost a total of about $850,000.

"It will bring relief for the fire department by locating hydrants in the area of Natalie, Lucy Lane and Old Eight," he said.

For the second loan being sought, Northfield Center’s share would be about $150,000, Sagamore Hills would pitch in $80,000 and the water district $110,000, the latter for engineering. The work would be done in conjunction with road improvements along Natalie scheduled for 2020.

Also at their Feb. 4 session, trustees approved a contract with Town Web LLC to redesign and enhance the township’s website. Cost is $3,058 for the first year and $1,563 per year for the second and third years of the pact.

Trustees voted to accept a Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council energized community grant for 2019, with the amount to be determined. The goal of the funds is to implement energy savings or energy infrastructure measures.

A memorandum of understanding to extend the contract between the Summit County General Health District and the township for stormwater services through Dec. 31 was approved at a maximum cost of $2,350. The total six-year amount the township will end up paying the health district will be $13,437.

Trustees also adopted the annual Summit County intergovernmental memorandum of understanding for job creation / retention and tax revenue sharing, and a credit card usage policy which aligns with amended Ohio Revised Code and auditor of state requirements.

The jobs creation / tax revenue sharing measure applies only to jobs and businesses locating from one Summit County participating community to another. Jobs and businesses relocating from outside Summit County do not qualify for tax revenue sharing.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or