NORTHFIELD CENTER – Township trustees on May 18 declared the necessity to renew a 1.4-mill levy, which currently generates $219,218 a year to maintain and repair roads.

Collection of the current millage is set to expire at the end of this year, and trustees plan to seek a vote on the renewal levy, which would run for five more years and would not increase property owners’ taxes, at the Nov. 3 general election.

The resolution adopted by trustees asks Summit County’s fiscal officer to certify the current tax valuation of the township and the amount of revenue that would be generated by the renewal of the current levy.

Once that certification is received, trustees will vote on a resolution to send the levy to the Summit County Board of Elections for placement on the fall ballot.

According to Township Administrator Steve Wright, there are two other road levies on the books – one for 0.36 mill which brings in $58,892 per year and one for 2.42 mills which brings in $108,974 a year.

In other business, trustees approved paying two purchase orders associated with improvements at Beacon Hills Park. Discount Drainage Supplies will provide pipes and catch basins for $1,500, and GameTime will provide replacement parts for the Crestwood Park playground equipment, which has been relocated to Beacon Hills, for $3,611.

The Beacon Hills Park improvements are made possible by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ NatureWorks grant.

Parks committee member Rick Patz reported the Beacon Hills upgrades "are off to a solid start." He added the service department hauled in clay for the new playground area and moved the playground equipment from Crestwood.

Patz suggested trustees consider erecting a 4-foot high fence along the back of the property for about 150 to 200 feet to keep leaves from blowing into and clogging up a drainage ditch, and to keep dogs from an adjacent property out of the park.

He said the township will have to secure quotes before purchasing the fence. He also suggested trustees consider trimming tree limbs which hang over the tennis and basketball courts area.

Trustees approved paying Discount Drainage Supplies $2,000 for culvert pipes, and raising the occupancy fee for all businesses in any zoning district from $50 to $500. Zoning commission member Dan Schade said the township’s $50 is the region’s lowest occupancy fee, and $500 is the going rate for most area communities.

Trustees scheduled two public hearings for June 15 and 22 at 5 p.m. to discuss implementing an additional $5 permissive motor vehicle license fee.

Kate Chapel, senior project manager for Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, gave trustees an overview of what the agency does for its member communities. Trustees are considering becoming a member. The Tinker’s Creek watershed encompasses 96.4 square miles.

Meanwhile, trustees are reviewing the current schedule of permit fees and bonds for industrial, recreational, institutional, governmental and miscellaneous structures and/or accessory buildings and additions. "We have a lot of work to do on this," said Trustee Paul Buescher.

In COVID-19 crisis matters, trustees decided to continue allowing the public to visit Township Hall by appointment only through at least the end of June. Visitors must wear masks. Trustees’ meetings in June will continue to be conducted online, with residents having access to them by phone and computer.

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