NORTHFIELD CENTER – Township trustees announced Oct. 7 that the additional amount of real estate taxes that property owners would have to pay if the Township Hall purchase levy passes Nov. 5 will be less than originally anticipated.

Officials learned that the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan Program, which the township would utilize for the purchase of the former FirstMerit Bank building at 9447 Olde Eight Road, has a current interest rate of 3 percent instead of the previously anticipated 4.25 percent.

Thus, the cost per year per $100,000 of property value would be $14.70 ($1.23 per month) instead of $16.46. Owners of property valued at $200,000 would pay an additional $29.40 a year ($2.45 a month).

The levy will appear on the Nov. 5 election ballot as Issue 3. The rate is 0.47-mill for a period not to exceed 30 years, commencing in 2019 and first due in 2020.

If voters approve the levy, the township would purchase the property for $1.4 million to use as the Township Hall. Two forums have been conducted to inform the public about the Township Hall plan, with a final one scheduled for Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Nordonia Hills Branch Library.

Other business

The township is gearing up for its 2019 leaf collection operations, which will begin Oct. 28 and continue through the end of December.

At their Oct. 7 session, trustees approved a purchase order for $15,000 for Mancan Staffing to provide two temporary workers to assist with the leaf pickup program. Each will work for up to 40 hours a week.

The township will use $6,794 of its 2019 Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council energized grant to purchase two 14-by-14 foot replacement overhead doors for the service department building. They will be purchased from Hudson Door.

Township Administrator Steve Wright said $910 of this year’s grant will be carried over for use in 2020.

Meanwhile, Wright was given authorization to request engineering assistance from the Summit County Engineer’s Office to address Brandywine Creek cleaning and maintenance issues. Trustees are looking into ways to fund the stormwater issues.

Trustees approved the $1,300 purchase of four tires from Northfield Tire Pros for an F-650 service department truck, and OK’d fund transfers for the purchase of EMS supplies ($10,000) and information technology services ($9,000) provided by TBSC.

The township’s parks-recreation committee was recognized for its efforts to enhance the playground equipment at Beacon Hills Park and to beautify the grounds. "Hopefully, the cleanup at the park will result in increased use," said Trustee Rich Reville.

In light of recent vandalism at Beacon Hills Parks, parks-rec panelist Rick Patz will obtain information about and costs for the purchase of a security camera.

Trustees tabled a resolution to adopt the revised township purchasing policy and procedures, which establish guidelines to ensure that all purchases of goods and services provide the best value for township taxpayers.

Trustees acknowledged the recent death of safety services committee member Kevin Jacobs, and noted a resolution will be drafted for the November meeting recognizing his service.

Now that new township street signs have been erected, Service Director-Road Superintendent Rick Youel said there is much interest among residents to obtain the old signs. He said they are available for a small charge, and residents can call or visit Township Hall if they are interested.

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