Newton Falls – City Council’s first meeting for 2017 was held Monday January 9. Mayor Waddell called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence.
Mayor Waddell addressed the recent articles about the annexation. He explained how the city has worked with Braceville for the past twenty years to create a JEDD and has been unsuccessful. He also shared how council met with the Newton Township Trustees in 2013 to discuss joint services and projects with unsuccessful results.
Wanting to move forward, the city has filed an Expedited Type 2 Annexation. The city chose this type of annexation because the townships will get to keep their property taxes both now and in the future. Council thought it was important for the townships and the city because the townships are funded through property taxes and the city is funded through income taxes. Mayor Waddell stated that he would be happy to meet and discuss these decisions with anyone who is interested.
Councilman Zamecnik attended the Fire Board meeting where the new Fire Chief was sworn in.
Law Director Fritz brought to council’s attention the need to establish a Local Board of Tax Review in order to comply with HB5. Two members will be picked by council and serve for a two year term. They cannot be employees of the city. One member will be picked by the city manager and their term will be set at the manager’s discretion. That person can be an employee of the city but not a part of the tax department.
Finance Director Musson explained the electronic payment system in place to help residents pay utilities and income tax. There is a phone help line that operates seven days a week. There is also a $4.95 convenience fee and the city does not receive any of that fee.
The city manager explained that the road crews have been out working and salting the roads and he thanked the crews for their work. He reminded everyone that city offices will be closed on Monday January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
A motion was made and seconded for Resolution 01-2017 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING A STATEMENT INDICATING THE SERVICES THE CITY OF NEWTON FALLS, OHIO, WILL PROVIDE TO THE 440.112 ACRE TERRITORY PROPOSED TO BE ANNEXED FROM NEWTON TOWNSHIP AND BRACEVILLE TOWNSHIP, TRUMBULL COUNTY TO THE CITY OF NEWTON FALLS AND BUFFER REQUIREMENTS THE MUNICIPALITY WILL REQUIRE AS PROVIDED BY OHIO REVISED CODE SECTION 709.023. There was discussion and this motion passed.
The following Council Committees were presented and passed.
Planning & Zoning: Beer/Alternate Zamecnik
Civil Service: Baryak/Alternate Alberini
Parks & Recreation: Zamecnik/Alternate Stimpert
Treasury Investment Board: Alberini/Stimpert
Council Standing Committees
Utilities/Public Works: Beer/Zamecnki
Public Safety: Baryak/Alberini
Council Representatives to Community
Commissions & Boards
Eastgate, Regional Council of Governments: Stimpert/Waddell
Tax Review Board & Enterprise Zone: Beer/Alternate Stimpert
Fire District Board: Stimpert/Alternate Beer
Utility Appeals Board: Finance Director/Zamecnik /Alternate Beer/ Community Member: Wentworth
Economic Development: City Manager, Finance Director, Alberini, Mayor Waddell
Councilman Alberini was appointed Vice-President of Council for 2017.
The following Council assignments were passed as amended:
Annexation: Mayor Waddell, City Manager, Law Director
Mergers, Secession: Alberini, Law Director
Rental Property Legislation: Mayor Waddell, Planning and Zoning, Law Director
Mayor Waddell closed the meeting with comments looking forward to new businesses and new jobs coming into Newton Falls in 2017. He thinks the future looks good for Newton Falls.