Day says jobs could net city $270,000 in tax revenue

Day says jobs could net city $270,000 in tax revenue

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At the Dec. 12 meeting of New Philadelphia City Council, Mayor Joel Day said the Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved a 10-year job creation tax credit for Crane Carrier/Battle Motors. According to Day, if Battle Motors reaches its goal of adding 434 full-time jobs over 10 years, the $18 million in new payroll could add $270,000 in income tax to city coffers.

Day said he has asked JobsOhio and Team NEO to also assist other New Philadelphia manufacturers with expansion and workforce development efforts.

Safety Director Greg Popham reported the addition of a new strobe-lit crosswalk sign at South Broadway Street and Allen Lane, which he described as one of the city’s darker crosswalks after sundown. Popham also invited Police Chief Mike Goodwin and Fire Capt. Paul Rossi to address questions about statistics for the Friends of the Homeless shelter.

Goodwin told council the police department has responded to 497 calls from the shelter at 211 E. High Ave. “Calls can be from the very simple to a serious crime,” he said.

Goodwin also said the fire department responded to 105 calls. “Probably most of those were emergency squad calls,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin confirmed the police department runs background checks on individuals applying for help at the shelter, but the shelter decides who is admitted, not the police department.

“Some, there's absolutely nothing on them, but others have arrest warrants and arrests for assaults and other crimes,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin further said he researched crime statistics since the shelter opened. “There was an increase in both violent crime and property crime, not necessarily tied to the homeless shelter, but there has been an uptick in crime since 2005,” he said.

Councilman Kelly Ricklic asked how the number of calls compares to the large apartment complexes in the city. Goodwin said it would probably be comparable to the number of calls at locations such as Atwood Terrace Apartments and at 1811 E. High Ave. “Places we go to on a regular basis,” he said.

In a post-meeting interview, Goodwin said the call statistics stated were for all 17 years the shelter has been in operation. This translates to an average of about 29 calls per year to the police department and six per year to the fire department.

Park board chair Mitch Pace issued a reminder of the McInturf Realty annual Christmas in the Park event on Dec. 18.

Cheryl Ramos reported the zoning and annexation committee met earlier and asked for emergency approval of a resolution outlining city services that will be provided to a property should it be annexed into the city. Ramos also said annexing the property requires three readings of a resolution and a public hearing before approval.

Public speaks

More than 20 residents, nonresidents and representatives of the Friends of the Homeless appeared to voice their opinions on the possible purchase of property on Beaver Avenue extension for a new shelter. Attorney Josh O’Farrell also read a statement in support of the FOTH purchase.

Legislation

Council passed the following:

—An ordinance approving appropriations for city expenditures until Dec. 31, 2023.

—An ordinance to amend and adjust permanent appropriation until the end of 2022.

—A resolution adopting the Tuscarawas County 2022 hazard mitigation plan as the official hazard mitigation plan of the city.

—A resolution approving the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District's 2023 solid waste management plan update.

—A resolution approving an agreement to sell a 2009 ladder truck to Grant County, Kansas at a cost of $299,000.

—A resolution indicating what services the City of New Philadelphia will provide to two parcels in Goshen Township upon annexation into the city.

Council agreed to move the Dec. 26 meeting to Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the John Knisely Municipal Building, 150 E. High Ave.