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Fairlawn receives two bids for small city-owned lot

11/8/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

During the Nov. 5 Fairlawn City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Roth said the city has received two bids for a small piece of property it owns.

“Council previously transferred the piece of real estate that’s at Cleveland-Massillon Road and West Market Street to the CIC [Community Improvement Corporation],” he said. “Advertising has obtained two bids for the property. One was for $250,000 and the other was for $296,000, and that was by Ashland Oil.”

The mayor said the lower bid was made by Stark Enterprises.

“It’s zoned Commercial, so it will be a Commercial use,” he said. “It’s a very small parcel.”

During the Oct. 1 meeting, City Council unanimously approved the transfer of the 12,326-square-foot lot to Fairlawn’s CIC “for the purposes of economic development.”

“It’s a piece of vacant land off Cleveland-Massillon Road,” Roth said. “The city acquired it when Cleveland-Massillon was widened, right by West Market Street.”

According to the mayor, the bids would be discussed this week by the CIC “to determine whether the high one will be accepted.”

“The CIC has to review the bids and make a determination,” he said. “It’s a combination of the price, the ability to pay and whatever the terms of the agreement are. And there are some other factors in there.”

Also during the meeting:

• Roth said he plans to discuss the city’s new polling locations with the Summit County Board of Elections.

“In early September of this year, the Summit County Board of Elections, on its own, decided to move our polling places,” he said. “The city of Fairlawn did not participate in these decisions. I’m planning on meeting with the board in January to sit down and basically figure our where next year’s [polling locations] will be.”

• Council unanimously passed a resolution “accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county fiscal officer.”

“We have to submit our expected revenues and expenses to the Summit County Budget Commission, and they look and determine whether we have a need for those property taxes,” said Patricia Bertsch, Fairlawn’s tax administrator. “They’ve deemed it appropriate, and what they’ve done is taken our millage, which has not changed, and they’ve applied that to the property tax values that they currently have. And they’re giving the City Council an estimate of what they will receive next year.”

Bertsch said the millage rate is 2.7.

“It’s been the same for years and years and years — all the years I’ve been here,” she stated. “Of that, 2.1 is operating, and then there’s 0.3 for police pension and 0.3 for fire pension.”

• A resolution authorizing the advances of local taxes from the Summit County fiscal officer also was unanimously passed.

“Without having that legislation, we could only collect property tax twice a year, and that’s a little cumbersome,” Bertsch said. “With the resolution, when they have the money is when they will send it.”

The city receives approximately $800,000 per year in property taxes, she noted.

“If they send it on a more regular basis, that helps our cash flow,” Bertsch said. “Cities are not businesses, and we don’t have monthly receipts. For instance, with income tax, we’re getting most of it in April. So these advances can even out our cash flow.”

• The following 2013 City Council meeting dates were unanimously approved: Jan. 7 and 22, Feb. 4 and 19, March 4 and 18, April 1 and 15, May 6 and 20, June 3 and 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 3 and 16, Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2 and 16.

All of the dates are Mondays, except for Jan. 22, Feb. 19 and Sept. 3, which are Tuesdays. All of the meetings are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

• Council unanimously approved an ordinance “granting authority to the mayor to enter into a sub recipient agreement” with the Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development’s Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program.

“The county has created a program for dealing with vacant and abandoned properties, and we’re working through an agreement,” Roth said. “It’s just additional language of how they want to define properties and how the procedure will proceed.”

• Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Michele Williams said preparations for this year’s Breakfast with Santa have begun.

“It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. and we are accepting registrations,” she said.

The cost for Breakfast with Santa, which will take place at the Fairlawn-Kiwanis Community Center at 3486 S. Smith Road, is $9 per child ages 2-8 and $10 per accompanying guest.

For more information, go to cityoffairlawn.com/index.aspx?NID=280.

The next Fairlawn City Council meeting is set to take place Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Fairlawn City Hall, 3487 S. Smith Road.

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