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Police station levy idea advances a step

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

Norton City Council took the first step toward a property tax levy to pay for additions and improvements to the police station.

A resolution passed Nov. 22 asks the county to certify the rates. More steps would be needed after that before a levy request goes on the ballot.

Also that night, council heard the first reading on an ordinance buying 4.08 acres near state Route 21 and Interstate 76 for a potential future water tower, another reappointing retired pharmacist Dan Karant as Norton’s representative to the Summit County Board of Health and another setting the pay of the assistant fire chief.

An ordinance hiring Engineering Associates to design the Hametown Road water line for up to $70,000 got a second reading and went for a third, as did an ordinance allowing a longer assessment period for residents and businesses tying in to the Loyal Oak utility projects and another handling end-of-year fiscal housekeeping.

Council heard from Jose Delgado, Norton’s representative from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, which handles the city’s gas aggregate. Delgado said NOPEC had averaged at $3.60 per thousand cubic feet over the last year or so and that the current $5.23 is still competitive. This rate expires in April but Delgado said residents have several options after that, which are outlined in a letter arriving in their mailboxes now.

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