Proposed capital expenditure for Macedonia indicates $1.2 million for roads and streets
MACEDONIA – City Council kicked off the 2023 budget process on September 23, with department heads discussing planned capital spending. A handful of other meetings are scheduled before the budget is adopted later in the year.
The five-year capital plan shows about $4.9 million could be spent in 2023, though that figure could change as budget discussions progress.
The breakdown shows the following planned expenditures: streets and sidewalks, $3.18 million; fire department, $265,000; police department, $74,000; after-sales service, $335,000; recreation center, $30,000; buildings and land, $855,000; and parks/recreation, $222,500.
The roads program is expected to account for approximately $1.12 million of the streets/sidewalks amount.
Major improvements are planned at the Highland/Valley View and Four Corners intersections as well as Empire Parkway, Valley View and Walters Roads, Golden Link Boulevard and the City Hall Emergency Access Road.
The service department plans to purchase a dump truck ($100,000), a tandem axle hook lift truck ($150,000) and two towing motors ($75,000), while the police department plans to buy dash cameras ($21,500) and spend $11,000 on 911 system upgrades and $25,000 on weapons.
Boiler/chiller/HVAC unit upgrades are pegged at $628,500, with building renovation/renovation at $125,000, general upgrades (mostly ball diamonds) at $50,000, and $25,000 parking lot lighting.
The fire department plans to buy a utility van for about $55,000 and spend $75,000 on fire suppression, $25,000 on bay floor upgrades and $20,000 on two bunk beds. ‘ambulance.
Approximately $30,000 is proposed for recreation center exercise equipment, $50,000 for ball diamond nets, $100,000 for park trail and facility upgrades, and $60,000 for further improvements to the Longwood Park ballpark.
Parks-Rec manager Jason Chadock said he had offered to build an outdoor wading pool for around $500,000 in 2026, but that amount could be revised or the project could be scrapped depending on the council’s wishes.
The Board approved tax increment financing agreements for Optima Dermatology, Space Place and The Wave car wash. CFO John Veres said local schools favored TIFs.
TIF arrangements dedicate tax increases in a defined district to fund debt issued to pay for infrastructure projects.
The ordinances proclaim that the improvements to the three properties are for public purposes and allow the city to use utility payments from the companies to improve nearby city sites and roads.
Payments go to the city instead of businesses that pay property taxes, and local schools and the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center will receive property tax revenue and a portion of the payments.
Optima Dermatology is being built on Golden Link Boulevard off Route 8, Space Place will be between North Freeway Drive and the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks and the car wash will be between KFC and Key Inn.
The council agreed to the amounts and rates determined by the Summit County Budget Committee and authorized the necessary tax levies for 2023. The city must send its approval to the county auditor by Nov. 3.
Veres said 7.9 factories will generate $2.14 million, about the same as this year. The breakdown is as follows: General current expenses (5.07 thousandths), $681,352; domestic general mileage (2.53 mills), $1.3 million; and police pension ($0.3 million), $154,485.
Police Chief Jon Golden said he continues to search for a part-time school resource officer, while IT manager Kyle Collins says the city’s new website should go live. from September 27. possible,” Golden said.
Firefighters Local 3947 will be sponsoring a pork roast on Oct. 1 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Northfield Center VFW Pavilion. Tickets are $35 each and buffets can be purchased. A disc jockey will be on site. For tickets, call Dave Morris at 330-310-7528.
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