July 23, 2016

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Brunswick road levy up for vote

BRUNSWICK — City Council is expected to vote on placing a 10-year, 1.2-mill road levy on the November ballot at tonight’s meeting.

The levy is expected to bring in about $836,828 annually and would cost the average homeowner with a home worth $150,000 an extra $56.70 per year.

The money would be earmarked to complete road repair and replacement projects.

Many road repairs have been put on hold as the city worked to balance its budget in the face of state cutbacks in local government funds, which has cost the city around $800,000 annually, said City Manager Jim Lukas.

Council members also will meet in an executive session before the meeting to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager to replace Jim Lukas, who announced his resignation last week, effective Aug. 2.

Lukas said he plans to take the safety services director position for the city of Sharonville, a suburb of Cincinnati.

City council will interview and select a permanent replacement. But until a successor is found, Council plans to appoint a city employee to serve as interim alongside Lukas before he leaves, said Councilwoman Pat Hanek, at large.

Council committee meetings start at 6 p.m. today with an official Council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 4095 Center Road.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.