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Braceville places three replacement levies on November ballot

BRACEVILLE — Township trustees gave final approval to place three 1-mill replacement levies on the November ballot to bring what each generates up to current valuation.

Fiscal Officer Tom Shay said at Tuesday’s trustees meeting the three levies at 1-mill each will each generate $59,114.

The new levies will replace a 1992 police levy, a 1987 road and bridge levy, and a 1982 fire / emergency medical service levy. All three levies expire at the end of the year.

Officials said the levies need updated to current valuations to cover costs for day-to-day operations and equipment needs in the police, fire and road departments.

In other business, Trustee Aaron Young said the board will wait to hear from the zoning board, which meets this month, regarding updating current codes to prohibit residents from having exotic animals.

Last year, the township dealt with a resident of Braceville Robinson Road who had a monkey and a lemur. There were incidents in which the monkey got loose and ran through the residential neighborhood.

Young said trustees are asking the zoning board to make recommendations to add to and strengthen the current codes, which are limited on exotic animals. He said the zoning board has a draft of recommendations.

Trustees have said Braceville’s zoning code only prohibits residents from raising minks.

In other action, trustees:

— Set spring cleanup 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at the former school off Braceville Robinson Road as a one-way drive-thru drop-off. Officials are looking at holding a scrap tire collection in September;

— Hired Jeff Newkirk as a new patrolman for the police department;

— Announced there will be no Memorial Day parade or event this year in order to keep residents safe;

— Approved placing three vehicles confiscated by the police department for sale on govdeals.com auction;

— Will wait to see what costs will be to get a street light placed at intersection of Center South and state Route 5 where residents have complained it is very dark at night and drivers can’t see where to turn onto the road;

— Will ask the county engineer’s office to determine the costs for chip-and-seal work on Allen Smith Road and Benedict Leavittsburg Road.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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