By Mary Smith
Weathersfield Township trustees eliminated three continuing fire levies replacing them with the new 2.5-mill levy that generates $346,811 annually.
Township voters approved the replacement levy in the May primary election.
The three older levies raised $175,874 a year effective this year.
The levies eliminated are a 0.7-mill continuous levy first passed in November 1983; a 1-mill continuous levy, first passed in November 1984; and a 1-mill continuous levy first passed in November 1986.
Those old levies, coupled with personal tangible property tax and utilities tax reimbursements, brought in a total of $255,000 annually to the fire department.
The public-utilities reimbursements will end next year, eliminating $15,000 in income for the department, and township officials aren’t sure what will happen with reimbursements from personal tangible property tax.
Also at their meeting earlier this week, trustees established a Weathersfield Township Community Leadership Award and will accept donations for it.
The annual award will be given to individuals trustees determine “have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the community.” “Some people have been really big contributors [to the township],” chairman Gil Blair said.
Trustees also approved renewing liability and property insurance policies for another year through the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Association effective July 15. There has been no change in cost of the policy, township Administrator Dave Rouan said. The association is a governmental risk-sharing pool whose members consist solely of Ohio townships.
Trustees also authorized Vector Seismic Processing Inc. of Houston to place seismic monitors on township-owned property.
Testing is going on throughout the township by the Texas firm, Rouan said, and the trustees’ action will allow township land to be tested at no cost.
Trustees will accept applications for the unexpired term of the late Fred McCandless on the township zoning commission until 4 p.m. June 26.