June 27, 2016

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Brunswick road levy effort approved

BRUNSWICK — Voters will decide a 20-year, 1.2-mill road levy on the November ballot, but what projects might be covered hasn’t been determined.

City Council members voted 7-2 Monday night to approve legislation authorizing the levy, with members Ron Falconi, at-large and Anthony Capretta, 4th Ward, voting against it.

The levy is expected to bring in about $836,000 and cost the owner of a home valued at $150,000 about $63 per year, according to city Auditor Todd Fischer.

City Engineer Ryan Cummins said his office hasn’t yet drafted a plan for how the road construction money might be spent. He said he likely would work in conjunction with Council and the city manager to create such a plan.

City Manager Jim Lukas announced his resignation last week and an interim replacement has not yet been appointed.

Vice Mayor and Councilwoman Pat Hanek, at-large, said she hopes an interim manager is appointed before Council’s annual recess in August.

Capretta said the uncertainty about how the road funds might be allocated was one of the reasons he couldn’t support the levy.

“The people in my ward are saying, ‘We don’t know what street this would pave.’ They want to know what streets get paved,” Capretta said.

He also said recent street repairs have shown the city is making a good-faith effort to maintain roads and residents need more time to see the city working with what it has before new money is approved.

“Right now, their biggest concerns are who is going to cut the grass on this vacant home and who is going to bring more business to Brunswick,” Capretta said.

Hanek said an official road levy committee has not yet been formed, but she expects one to take shape soon.

“I know we will have a group that goes out to support the levy,” she said.

Voters rejected a 2.7-mill road levy in 2012.

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.