MACEDONIA – Macedonia voters may see a 5.07-mill renewal levy on the November ballot.
City Council is considering a resolution to renew the levy, and plans to ask the Summit County fiscal officer to certify the city’s total tax valuation and the amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy.
Mayor Nick Molnar told Council reps at their March 12 meeting that the real estate tax has been on the books since the 1970s, and is essential to fund city operations. He said it currently generates about $500,000 a year. The resolution will be on second reading at Council’s March 26 meeting.
Once the tax valuation and amount the levy would generate are received from the county fiscal officer, Council must adopt another resolution to send the renewal levy to the Summit County Board of Elections for placement on the ballot. Molnar stressed approval of the levy would not increase property owners’ tax burden.
The current levy was last renewed by voters in 2015. If approved in November, first collection of the tax funds would occur in 2021.
In other action, Council authorized the city engineer to prepare plans, bids and specifications and the mayor to advertise for bids for the "right-in, right-out" access drive from Route 8 into the Crossings at Golden Link retail plaza.
The city has been working on plans to create better access to the shopping center for a couple of years. Several months ago, Council authorized the mayor to enter into a cooperative agreement with Northfield Center Township relative to the project and associated assessment process.
The road, which would eliminate some of the congestion at the shopping center’s access points on Route 82, will be situated between Culver’s restaurant and Chipotle Mexican Grill. That is about 770 feet south of Route 82.
City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said the project will be funded by assessing property owners/tenants in the shopping center. No city or state funds are expected to be used.
The project falls within the Macedonia-Northfield Center Joint Economic Development District. Most of the Golden Link businesses are in the township, except for Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Culver’s and the Great Escape.
Council also approved adding recently passed ordinances to the codified ordinances book. The Walter H. Drane Co. will do the editing and inclusion of the ordinances. Molnar said anyone who needs to look up an ordinance can do so at City Hall during regular weekday hours.
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Molnar said the city is cleaning its building more frequently and taking other steps to keep visitors to city properties healthy. "We’re doing everything we can to protect the public, and there will be no disruption of regular city services," he said.
Molnar said special recognition of individuals and groups at upcoming Council meetings is being suspended for a while because they bring large numbers of residents into Council chambers, and state officials have suggested limiting or eliminating large gatherings.
The annual Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce Community Expo, which was scheduled for March 21 at Nordonia High School, has been postponed until fall due to concerns regarding COVID-19.
Council reps voted to cancel the April 9 meeting because of Holy Week, and Gigliotti announced the Ledgeview Road water main replacement project was scheduled to start March 16.
Meanwhile at Council’s Feb. 27 meeting, it was announced that Amanda Trzaska will assume the duties of Council clerk starting April 1, when longtime clerk Josephine Arceci retires.
Also, Council confirmed the appointment of Richard Iofferda to the board of zoning and building code appeals. His term expires Aug. 17, 2022. The Nordonia Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams were recognized for their prowess, and the Macedonia Firefighters Association and Fraternal Order of Police 108 for their fundraising efforts.
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