NORTHFIELD CENTER — The township is seeking a $25,000 grant to defray the cost of purchasing 3.1 acres directly south of Town Hall from Sagamore Hills Township.

At their meeting Monday, trustees adopted a resolution to apply to the Summit County Land Bank for the grant.

Trustee Paul Buescher explained the township has not made a decision whether to purchase the land yet, but if it does the grant would help to defray the $200,000 cost.

Buescher said the land could be used for future township facilities such as a new Town Hall.

Trustees Chairman Rich Reville said if the grant is obtained, it would require the township to make a $50,000 initial payment to Sagamore Hills, then the land bank would reimburse the township $25,000.

In other action, trustees approved the purchase of two leaf vacuums from DinkMar Inc. for $108,518. The money would come from the recycling grant and leaf pickup funds.

Trustee Russ Mazzola said the vacuums should last for 12 to 15 years, and purchasing the two machines would save money in the long run since the township now pay contractors about $40,000 a year to pick up leaves.

He noted owning the machines would allow the service department to control leaf pickup costs much more efficiently and set its own schedule for collection.

Reville said the township could use about $5,800 of available recycling grant money from the Summit / Akron Solid Waste Management Agency.

Trustees also authorized a request for engineering services to provide bid specifications for this year’s Lucy Lane-Spring Road repaving project and assistance in submitting a joint application with Sagamore Hills Township for Ohio Public Works Commission funds.

The resolution calls for engineering plans to be 100 percent complete prior to submitting the state funds application.

Trustees recently approved applying for the OPWC grant to fund part of the reconstruction. Reville said it would be two or three years before the project could move forward.

Trustees accepted a Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council energized community grant in the amount of $2,900, which Reville said likely will be used to seal walls in the Town Hall basement as part of renovations there.

The board tabled submission of an alternate fuel vehicle conversion grant application to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Reville said the grant funds could be used to buy natural gas generators.

Summit County Sheriff’s Deputy Wes Dobbins reported the department made eight arrests, issued 16 citations and responded to 22 vehicle crashes in the township in February.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 ext. 4189 or