Summit County voters will be asked this fall to renew a 1.46-mill levy for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.
The park district’s three commissioners voted unanimously Monday to put the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot. If approved, the levy would continue to provide $15,841,971 per year for seven years.
The district is projecting it will have an unspent general fund balance of $16.6 million on Dec. 31.
The levy request will face at least one opponent: John Ashley of Akron, a trustee of the Corsair Model Aircraft Club.
His group was forced to abandon its flying field in Tallmadge near the Tallmadge Meadows Area of Munroe Falls Metro Park on Jan. 1, 2010, and later moved to a site north of Kent.
The park district did not allow the club to use the aerial space over the park, and that has embittered Ashley and other members of his club.
“We are still very angry at the way our club was treated,” Ashley said. He called the levy excessive and uncalled for and said his group remains unhappy with the lack of reform.
Also Monday, the district reported it expects to obtain a grant of $868,500 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for continued stream restoration on Pond Brook in Twinsburg Township.
The work would cover an additional 5,000 feet of Pond Brook, a Tinkers Creek tributary, south of state Route 82. The work probably would begin in late 2013 and be completed in 2014, officials said.
The park district approved seeking engineering firms to work on the project.
The district previously has conducted several restoration projects on Pond Brook and the surrounding area.
In other action, park commissioners:
• Approved spending up to $30,000 to buy equipment needed to build mountain bike trails at the Hardy Road Landfill Area of Hampton Hills Metro Park.
The district is buying a micro-mini excavator, a small track hoe vehicle; a motorized tracked wheelbarrow; and a vibratory plate compactor.
The equipment will be in use for two to three years building the mountain bike trails near the now-closed Hardy Road Landfill that the park district is leasing from the city of Akron, officials said.
• Authorized spending up to $200,000 to repave the Bike & Hike and Towpath trails.
The asphalt on the trails is aging and tree roots are pushing it upward in places, officials said.
The $200,000 won’t cover making all the needed repairs on the two trails and additional work probably will be required next year, said Keith Shy, the district’s director-secretary.
• Approved spending an additional $5,100 with Taylor Studio, the Illinois-based firm that is designing interpretive exhibits at the new Liberty Park Nature Center in Twinsburg.
The district will hike the payment to the firm from $59,900 to $65,000 for its design work.
• Approved a contract with Snider & Associates for a T-shaped dock at Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park. The price: $37,739.
The commissioners accepted the bid, although it was not the lowest. It opted not to accept the $36,695 bid of David Williams & Associates, citing problems with similar equipment at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton.
• Spent $8,739 on reflective stickers, bicycle licence plates and vehicle stickers for the district’s new bicycle spree that begins June 30.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or email@example.com.