Cemetery may pursue grant to improve its road

Ken Lahmers
Special to MyTownNEO

MACEDONIA – Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery’s annual meeting was hosted online by Macedonia City Council on May 27, with attorney Jeff Snell providing budget and activities information for 2020-21.

The cemetery is located at 9804 Olde 8 Road in Northfield.

He said the total contributed by the four assessed communities will remain at $150,000 this year, with the breakdown as follows: Macedonia, $67,779; Sagamore Hills, $48,148; Northfield Center Township, $23,962; and Northfield Village, $10,109.

In addition to the $150,000 assessed amount, $59,022 was received in 2020 from lot (29 purchased) and memorial CD sales and endowments, bringing total income to $209,022. Total expenses were $209,000.

Snell said $27,768 was spent in 2020 for equipment, including a tractor and new office furnace. The 2021 budget sets aside $7,000 for repairs to the office building and equipment, $10,000 for tree maintenance and water line replacement, and $10,000 for fence painting.

Snell added the cemetery board will pursue a grant to improve the road through the cemetery, and may call on the communities for matching funds. He said the project could cost from $80,000 to $90,000.

COUNCIL ACTIONS

At its regular meeting after the cemetery session, Council adopted the city’s 2022 alternate tax budget for submission to the Summit County Budget Commission. It outlines tax levies which will be in effect.

Those levies are 5.07 mills renewed by voters last fall for the general fund, which generates $600,000 a year; 2.53 mills for the general fund, which brings in $1.32 million; and 0.3 mill for the police pension fund, which provides $152,800.

Finance director John Veres explained no new levies are on the books and the rates of the existing levies have not changed, thus residents will not pay higher taxes based on the rates. However, they may see an increase because of higher property values.

Council OK’d adjustments to the 2021 appropriations, including the addition of $100,000 to the street construction, maintenance and repair fund to hire two full-time service department workers, one of whom is a replacement.

Veres said they are needed because the city hasn’t been able to find enough part-timers, and the move will save about $30,000 in part-time wages.

A $580,000 transfer from the road program fund to the “other debt” fund was made to pay off the principal and interest for the first year on the Crossings at Golden Link access road note.

Mayor Nick Molnar announced Applebee’s and Culver’s are recent restaurants of the week, while PostNet was May’s business of the month. He warned residents not to blow or sweep grass into the streets because it can clog up storm sewers and cause flooding.

The mayor said City Hall will reopen to the public in July, and plenty of mulch is available at the 9000 Valley View Road service facility. He encouraged residents to “come and get it.” And he read a proclamation touting the importance of prostate cancer screenings.

Police Chief Jon Golden reported his department is looking to fill several positions, including replacing a recently retired officer and hiring a part-time schools resource officer.

Service director John Hnottavange reported about 15 ½ tons of trash were collected in four dumpsters at one of the service department facilities in late April and early May. He announced a document shredding day will be July 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at Longwood Park.

Although the recreation center is not back to full operations because of the coronavirus pandemic, Parks-Rec Director Jason Chadock announced patrons who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks any longer.

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