NORTHFIELD CENTER – At their 2019 closeout meeting Dec. 19, township trustees approved temporary appropriations for the first three months of 2020, which are down about $230,000 overall from the 2019 amount.

The first quarter numbers show $370,550 in the general fund and $1.46 million in all funds. That compares to the 2019 numbers of $371,250 and $1.69 million, respectively. The permanent appropriations for 2019, which were OK’d last March, were $2.1 million in the general fund and $6.76 million overall.

The general fund is broken down as follows: Administrative, $208,200; buildings and grounds, $31,400; lighting, $8,000; parks and recreation, $8,500; zoning, $14,450; and highway maintenance and leaves, $100,000.

Other funds are broken down as follows: Police district, $309,000; fire/EMS, $273,750; motor vehicle license tax, $4,000; gasoline tax, $95,000; roads and bridges, $371,525; miscellaneous/inheritance tax/interest, $10,000; wheelchair lift/ADA, $1,000; ODNR recycling grant, $200; cash performance bond, $20,000; permission MVL tags, $5,000; and unclaimed funds, $3,062.

Trustees named the following new members to various boards: Basil Lovano, Community Focus (Cable 9) Consortium; Don Christley, board of zoning appeals; and Daniel Schade, zoning commission and North Hills Water Board.

Other members of the zoning commission are Laura Filippi, Gregory Yakich, Dan Schadel, Lovano and John Campbell. Other members of the BZA are Richard Wolff, Verner Rudder, Diane Bielecki, Richard Patz and Marc Kaminicki (alternate). Other members of the water board are Campbell and Lovano.

Trustee Rich Reville and Fiscal Officer Andy LaGuardia were sworn in after being re-elected in the November election. They faced no opposition. Trustee Paul Buescher will be chairman in 2020, while Reville will be vice chairman.

Trustees also approved the 2020 organizational resolution, which spells out various township operational policies. Categories include employee holidays, salaries and wages, health insurance, sick leave, mileage reimbursement rates, legal counsel and individuals who are on boards and commissions.

Steve Wright will continue to be the township administrator at a salary of $63,705, with Don Saunders as zoning inspector ($17.34 per hour), Rick Youel as service director/road superintendent ($29.86 per hour), Frank Buehner as road foreman ($24.33 per hour) and Judith Flauto as Town Hall secretary ($17.82 per hour).

Trustee Russ Mazzola will be the township’s representative to the Summit County Board of Health, Reville will be the township’s representative to the Northfield Center-Macedonia Cemetery Board and the Maznec, Raskin & Ryder law firm and Michael Harvey will serve as auxiliary counselors.

Police protection will continue to be provided by the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and fire/EMS service by the Macedonia Fire Department.

The next regular trustees meeting will be Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in Township Hall.

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