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Levy for Fairhaven to be on ballot in November



Published: Wed, August 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The interim 911 director has been there almost from the center's start.

WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners today planned to place a Fairhaven levy on the November ballot and name an interim 911 Center director.

Also, the board's agenda calls for proceeding with a $1-million sanitary sewer job in Brookfield Township's center; and approving $1.17 million in agreements for upgrading the countywide courts' computer system.

The Trumbull County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities runs the Fairhaven school and workshops. Its 10-year replacement levy would be 2.25 mills; it combines a 0.35-mill levy first approved in 1976 and a 1.9-mill levy approved in 1990. The levies expired at the end of 2004, but are generating $5.5 million for this year's budget. The replacement levy would bring in $6.9 million annually.

MRDD is one of as many as four countywide levies the commissioners have been asked to consider.

"We deferred being on the ballot in November of 2004 and May of 2005. So, this is the last chance we have before we wouldn't collect in 2006," said Fairhaven Superintendent Douglas A. Burkhardt.

Last week Burkhardt told commissioners that the MRDD board would have laid off 115 employees and reduced programs Aug. 26 if its ballot issue didn't make the Aug. 25 filing deadline. Those cuts will occur Nov. 9 if voters defeat the issue, he said.

Commissioner Daniel Polivka, board chairman, said commissioners continue to review fall levy requests from Children Services, Warren-Trumbull Public Library and organizations that provide assistance to the elderly.

911 director

At the 911 Center in Howland, Karen Davies of Bazetta will be named interim director, one week after commissioners fired Tim Gladis of Brookfield from the position. She was hired there in August 1994, a few months after the center's opening that April.

"It's been an interesting career there," she said. "There's always challenges, but we've always seemed to get through them all."

Commissioners let go Gladis, director for eight years, after receiving a consultant's study that showed greater efficiencies could be had in staffing, handling of calls from the state patrol and securing more communities' participation to help finance the operation.

Sewer project

In Brookfield, the $1-million Brookfield Center Phase I sanitary sewer project involves a $428,000 Community Development Block Grant, a $329,075 state Issue II grant, $100,000 from the county's loan fund and a $143,805 local share of notes to be converted to bonds. A charge would be added to sewer bills to pay back the $143,805 over 20 years.

Sanitary Engineer Gary Newbrough said the project will mostly serve commercial and industrial customers, plus residents on Wood Street. Work would begin south of the township square, and the sewer line would run south along state Route 7, across state Route 82 and then easterly to Bedford Road. A second phase of the project would serve the square.

Court technology

For the courts, commissioners are asked to approve $841,890 in agreements for services and licenses, and $335,133 for five years of software support, to CCI-Maximus of North Canton for the Courtview system, which has been proposed for an upgrade since 2001.

In March, commissioners approved issuing $1.2 million in bonds for the project to provide better public Internet access, improved information sharing and a smaller number of paper documents.

Health care

Also, commissioners added the Board of Elections to the county's health-care plan. The elections board last week chose to enter the plan rather than standing alone with another provider, as it had done in the past. Commissioners said the election board's joining the county plan will save the county general fund $73,000 over the next 12 months. The elections board is funded from general fund dollars.




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