YOUR INFORMATION NEWSLETTER FROM NORTHFIELD CENTER TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE PAUL G. BUESCHER
~ KEEPING NCT RESIDENTS INFORMED SINCE 2005 ~
#486 TUESDAY JUNE 06, 2017
FAREWELL MY FRIEND BRENT SOMMER
It is with a sad heart that I have to report that longtime resident and former Northfield Center Township Trustee, Brent Sommer, passed away early yesterday afternoon after suffering from a boating accident in Florida last week. Brent was a good friend to many in our community and I had the pleasure of his friendship and the honor of serving with him on the Board of Trustees for ten years.
It’s very hard to put the loss of Brent into appropriate words. However, Brent’s family wrote a letter to NordoniaHill.news that everyone who knew Brent should take a few moments to read. The letter can be viewed at http://nordoniahills.news/from-brent-sommers-family-our-captain-has-sailed/
Farewell Brent. You will be missed but NEVER forgotten!
Q >>> – Will the residents of Northfield Center be able to vote on the proposed utility tax, like we did for the Fire Department?
A >>> – Every single tax issue has been decided by the people. I brought up this very subject at the Annual Engineer’s dinner which was held on May 2nd at Gambitta’s Party Center and attended by elected Township officials from all of Summit County. I specifically described the proposed fee as a tax and asked it the people would be able to vote on it. County Engineer, Al Brubaker stated that his proposed storm water management program is a “utility” and would therefore not constitute a tax but a fee. This is the same situation that we faced when the Northeast Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) tried charging NCT residents their fee (TAX)! If you will recall, I brought up a legal issue that ultimately resulted in the judge ruling in our favor by removing our residents from having to pay their “TAX”. I strongly disagree with this current “utility” designation and, at this point in time, I am opposed to being in favor of any fees or taxes being imposed on the people without their vote!
Q >>> – I just wanted to inform you that there are 3 or 4 beginning wasp nests at the Jason Rees playground. They are under the blue plastic roof of the play set. If they haven’t already, I was hoping some of the road dept crew could periodically inspect the play ground area this spring to keep the kids safe.
A >>> – Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I notified our Service Department (formally Road Dept.) of this problem and they removed three nests the day after you notified us! They will also include this in their routine maintenance schedule.
Q >>> 1 – I was wondering if you know what the county is working on behind the southern-most end of St. Barnabas’ ball field? They have a pathway cleared all the way into the woods. Looks like some type of drainage work.
Q >>> 2 – Any idea what is being built on the south end of St. Barnabas church? They have built what appear to be two drives into the property.
A >>> – The Department of Environmental Services is installing a sanitary sewer pipe between Olde Eight and Brandywine Road.
Q >>> – I see the old bank building on Olde 8 across from the library has finally been sold. Do you happen to know who purchased the property?
A >>> – According to Summit County records, The old First Merit Bank building sold on May 12, 2017, to Hamilton Lake Properties LLC for $285,000. I have no further information on the sale or the intentions of the buyer(s).
YOUR GENERAL COMMENTS
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I highly oppose adding new taxes to Summit County residents to pay for drainage problems on private property. Oakmont residents knowingly built their homes in or near a designated flood zone. It clearly shows on flood zone maps. Kenwick has long been a problem, in my opinion, caused by improper site engineering by the original developer. My condominium association has spent thousands of dollars correcting drainage problems with some recovered through litigation with the original developer. Residents on an adjoining property have been assessed, by their association, for recent extensive site work repairs. Northfield Center residents have enough problems trying to pay constantly increasing property taxes and the proposed increase is unnecessary.
Paul G. Buescher
Northfield Center Twp. Trustee – Chairman
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