Trustees plan ahead for trash hauling levy renewal in May

By Dan Holland

Dec. 1 township trustees meeting

Richfield Township trustees approved a resolution for a waste-hauling levy of necessity in anticipation of placing a five-year, 1.1-mill renewal levy on the May 2, 2023, ballot.

The current levy, which generates just over $200,000 per year, according to township fiscal officer Laurie Pinney, pays for waste hauling services in the township. A new contract with Rumpke for the semi-automated collection program, in tandem with Richfield Village, was agreed upon in September. Costs increase with each year of the contract.

Trustees discussed the possibility of adding .014 mills to the levy bringing it to 1.24-mills, to generate $225,400 per year and head off potential shortfalls in funding in the latter years of the contract. However, they decided to retain the 1.1-mill that has been in place since 2018, anticipating increases in revenue from the Joint Economic Development District income tax distribution and property taxes from new homes being built in the Briarwood development. They will also look for other funding sources to cover any shortfall.

A resolution to proceed with the levy renewal will be the next step in the process, according to township administrator Mindy Lott.

Citizens Forum

Resident Brian Carbaugh asked if the township could subsidize gym memberships at the Broadview Heights Recreation Center with a program similar to that offered by Richfield Village in which a voucher program pays the difference between a resident and non-resident membership rate.

In response, Trustee Don Laubacher said the village has a significantly larger budget than the township in being able to offer the program to its residents.

“We’re keeping an eye on the level of interest out there before we jump into that,” said Laubacher. “But we appreciate your thoughts and we’ll keep it in mind.”

Resident Hamid Homaee encouraged the trustees to apply for transportation and infrastructure funding grants in the Thriving Community Program available through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In other action, the trustees:

  • Approved an agreement with Summit County for Cuyahoga Valley National Park land payment of $1,207 in lieu of taxes to go into the general fund.
  • Established township operational procedures for 2023.
  • Amended the township’s 2022 certificate of resources and approved supplemental appropriations with a decrease in the amount of $10,597.
  • Approved a $1,000 bonus from the roads fund to service department employee Don Rentz due to recent shorthandedness in the department.
  • Approved an engagement letter and a $10,000 purchase order from the general fund to the legal services fund for Frost Brown Todd attorneys, who specialize in tax law.
  • Appointed Chris Kichurchak and Garrett Kinshaw as alternates to the zoning commission and Mostafa Hussein as an alternate to the board of zoning appeals, with all terms expiring at the end of 2023. ∞