NORTHFIELD – Village Council reps are considering final appropriations for 2020 amounting to $7.37 million in the general fund and $14.95 million in all funds. A resolution was introduced at Council’s March 11 session, and could be adopted March 25.

The breakdown of larger general fund amounts is as follows: Transfers, $1.83 million; police department, $1.71 million; service department, $1.02 million; contributions, $921,500; land and buildings, $866,795; general government, $393,000; and finance department, $223,773.

Smaller amounts are: Law department, $136,072; street lighting, $19,000; traffic signs/signals, $5,000; cemetery, $11,000; county health district, $23,000; mayor, $84,445; Council, $43,135; mayor’s court, $63,657; engineer, $20,000; and county auditor deductions, $18,000.

Other budget numbers are: Street construction, maintenance and repairs, $1.93 million; fire levy, $1.11 million; Northfield Park tax incentives, $3.93 million; sewer fund, $310,703; police pension, $89,129; law enforcement assistance, $1,000; court computer, $3,500; earned benefits fund, $27,500; and Ledge Road improvements, $64,302.

In other action, Council OK’d an agreement with Diane Gacom, doing business as Rocky Hill, to handle sewer maintenance fee billing from May 1 to Dec. 31.

Law Director Brad Bryan explained the finance assistant, a recently added position, was to take over the billing duties, but she has resigned, so the city will allow Gacom to continue handling them. She will be paid $1,125 per month.

Council also suspended certain sections of codified ordinances relating to village park rules of conduct for persons attending the April 3 adult Easter egg hunt at Smith Park.

That action removes a restriction that the park can only be used from 8 p.m. to dusk – the event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. – and allows alcoholic beverages to be consumed and glass items to be used on the premises.

Councilman Gary Vojtush reported he has talked to a company about taking apart playground equipment which the village has an opportunity to acquire from a Parma school and reassembling it at Smith Park. He said the firm provided a quote of $24,000.

That amount does not include moving the pieces of equipment, but Vojtush said the village may be able to do that on its own. Officials have not decided whether to acquire the used equipment, and continue to explore the possibility of buying new equipment.

Although primary election voting is to go on March 17 as scheduled at the fire station, Fire Chief Jason Buss told Council voting will have to be relocated in November because of the fire station expansion project.

A village resident told Council the NEOWiffle League is eager to play games on Sunday mornings from May to August at Huntington Park. The representative said anyone interested in joining a team can visit or email for more information.

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