County board approves budget
- Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:20
- Written by Administrator
In the last official business of the current members, the county board passed the 2013 budget Friday morning in a special meeting.
In other business, the board also approved the appointment of Jason Musselman to Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Director for Stark County. Musselman will take over for Fred Sams who is stepping down from the position on Jan. 1, 2013.
The board also approved a transfer of funds from the indemnity fees account to the tort liability fund to cover the upcoming insurance bill.
County tax levy mistake will cost you extra this year
- Last Updated on Friday, 23 November 2012 22:13
- Written by Jason Musselman
Stark County will have to do a bit of extra work to recover tax money they expected, but never received.
County board Chairman Michael Bigger explained at the county board meeting on November 13 that last year the board had approved an increase in the tort liability fund, but that the increase was never entered by the County Clerk’s office.
Bigger said the amount, which is roughly $35,000, would have been used to pay 5 percent of some employee’s salaries under the risk management heading.
However, without the funds, the county is short roughly $4,300 to pay the insurance bill due in December.
Meaker fit for trial
- Last Updated on Friday, 23 November 2012 22:10
- Written by John A. Ballentine
Kendra E. Meaker sat in the Stark County courthouse courtroom and listened without displaying any reaction, along with her public defender Robert McBride, as Judge Stuart Borden read the results of her psychological fitness exam. According to a one paragraph statement, psychologist Dr. John R. Day found Meaker “competent to stand trial.”
Meaker has been charged with allegedly obstructing justice/destroying evidence and endangering the life/health of a child, stemming from an incident that occurred on September 27 of this year.
Collins vows to block park project, despite its approval
- Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 20:55
- Written by Jason Musselman
In a meeting lasting over three hours, the Toulon City Council had plenty of discussion, but very little action.
The main agenda item was the tabled motion from last month on the TIF budget and how the 2012 funds should be used.
In October, Misty Turnbull made the motion to continue with the city’s previously approved $70,000 for the city park this year and prior commitments (such as Stark County Economic Development) and then use the remaining balance toward a storm sewer project at the public library.
The remaining uncommitted funds would go toward the library storm sewer totaling $5,298.80.
“How you vote is up to you, not me,” said Mayor Rick Collins before a lengthy speech on his position against the park.
“It’s foolish, it’s irresponsible… no purchase orders placed [for the park] will be approved by my administration until all $210,000 is vetted,” threatened Collins prior to a vote.
Bradford Schools find savings and receive refunds
- Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:37
- Written by Doug Hampton
The October Bradford Board of Education meeting began with recognition to Mrs. Hoffert for the grant received for the 8th graders to attend the Abraham Lincoln Museum in the spring. Dr Lotspeich also commended the Student Council and Mrs. Hoffert for the poster contest on bullying. The posters will be on display at the Bradford Pharmacy.
Emergency Response Discussed
Dr. Lotspeich and Chief Dove are working on a critical response team and have contacted the Princeton Police Chief regarding mutual aid. Chief Dove and Dr. Lotspeich will continue contacting agencies to ensure that assistance is available if needed.