By Victor Milani
At last nights Northfield Village Council meeting, Mayor Jesse Nehez and Northfield Village Council agreed to NOT enter into a fire/ems contract or agreement with Macedonia and Sagamore Hills. Nehez and Northfield DID however leave the option open to enter into a for service contract with Northfield Center in the near future. Mayor Nehez said “at this time, we are doing well on our own, and we will always be here to mutual aide any of our neighboring communities. But it wouldn’t make fiscal sense for Northfield to enter into a pact with Macedonia at the $600,000 figure that Macedonia had extended to Northfield. We currently have a fire budget of $780,000 annually, handling nearly 800 calls. We are secure in our belief that we can maintain on own autonomy. We (Northfield Village) however will keep the option available to Northfield Center, if they would like to explore the possibility of securing assistance from Northfield Village at an agreed upon price.” Northfield Center Trustee Paul Buescher said he would like to maintain his own Northfield Center Department as his first option. He feels this can be accomplished through a 6 mill levy Northfield Center is proposing to place on the August ballot, that would generate roughly $940,000. If that were to fail, he said he then would consider both Northfield Village and Macedonia as alternate options for fire/ems coverage. Macedonia had previously tendered a $375,000 fire/ems coverage contract to Northfield Center.
According to Mayor Joseph Migliorini: “Macedonia will continue to extend its hand to help and assist our neighbors, and if at any time in the future they change their mind and want to re-open discussions on regionalizing and saving tax dollars on behalf of all of our residents, our door is open.”
Macedonia City council meets tonight (Thursday) to discuss, and possibly vote on the fire agreement that Sagamore Hills Trustees approved of Monday night to provide coverage to Sagamore Hills. The five year base cost would be $750,000 annually with certain price escalators each year. NordoniaHills.News will be at this meeting with a report on Friday!