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Weathersfield trustees considering new fire levy

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Weathersfield Township trustees will ask the county auditor to determine what a new 2.5-mill continuous fire levy would generate.

Trustees approved a measure tonight to ask for the auditor’s review of the proposed levy, to be placed on the May 6 primary ballot . The measure would require a special ballot because there are no other issues or races in the township.

The township currently generates an estimated $170,937 annually from three existing fire levies totalling 2.7 mills, one first passed in 1983 for 0.7 mills, another in 1984 for 1 mill and the third in 1986 for 1 mill.

If the new measure passes, the old levies will be eliminated.

A 1.75-mill, five-year levy for all departments to generate $225,000 annually was rejected by voters last November.

Trustees also accepted a donation of a 1999 Chevrolet passenger van from All American USA Cab of Warren. The van will be used to continue to transport suspects arrested by Weathersfield police and housed in the Trumbull County Jail to Niles Municipal Court.

Trustees also approved establishing new fees for gas and oil wells at $500 and set permit fees for brine injection wells at $1,500, effective immediately.

Trustee Vice Chairman Steve Gerberry said that while not many township locations could potentially be used for the wells, trustees have adopted the new fees in the event there is such development.

He noted a company has asked for a permit from the state for two sites for brine injection, but has not yet received approval.

Trustees named Eric Gelsomina to the fill an unexpired term held by new township Administrator David Rouan on the township board of zoning appeals, through Dec. 31, 2015.

At its reorganizational meeting, trustees named Trustee Gil Blair chairman and Gerberry, vice chairman.