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Sandy trustees OK revised police resolution

By DAVID HUTTON The Press-News Published: August 5, 2016 10:00 AM

SANDY TWP. -- Sandy Township trustees on Monday passed another resolution asking the Stark County auditor to determine property valuations in the township and the amount a levy would generate. Last month, trustees agreed to form a police district district for voting purposes to seek a police levy.

A resolution seeking property valuations approved last month was returned by the auditor.

"This was put into a format that is acceptable to the auditor's office," according to John McCall, who is serving as legal counsel for the township on this issue.

McCall was to deliver the resolution to the auditor's office for a quick turnaround so that trustees could determine a millage for a police levy to be placed on the November general election ballot.

Sandy Township has contracted with the Magnolia Police Department for police protection since 1998 from a general fund that has been augmented by tipping fees collected from Waste Management American Landfill.

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As revenues have declined, the township is no longer able to pay for police protection through these mechanism. As a result, a police levy is needed to ensure adequate police protection in the township.

Trustees were set to meet on Aug. 4 to set a millage for the levy.

The deadline to file with the Stark County Board of Elections for the November ballot is Aug. 10.

Trustees also received a monthly police report, which included 22 traffic arrests, two OVI arrests, three crash reports, eight misdemeanor arrests, two felony arrests and 96 calls for service. Officers completed 21 reports.

The township also had 254.25 paid hours and 13.75 grant hours.

Road Supervisor Gary McKinney said crews continue to do mowing and ditching in the township.

In other business, trustees:

/ AGREED to meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in township hall to approve a request to certify to the Stark County Board of Elections for a proposed police levy on the fall ballot;

/ PAID bills totaling $30,129.95.

The next meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at township hall.

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