Township approves snow plow, medical alert programs
Richfield Township Board of Trustees
By Jeff Gorman
The Richfield Township Board of Trustees voted Aug. 23 to establish the guidelines for the Senior Snow Plow and Medical Alert programs.
Disabled residents and those ages 65 and older can sign up for both programs until Oct. 15 by calling (330) 659-4700. They can also visit www.richfield-twp.org.
The snow plowing would take place within 24 hours of a snowfall of 4 inches or more. There is a one-time fee of $75, which will cover the entire winter. The medical alert program is free, and it includes the installation of equipment. In case of an emergency, seniors can use the system to reach emergency personnel directly.
There is an income requirement for both programs. Residents would qualify if their income is below $34,350 per person or $39,250 per couple.
Residents who make more than the income requirement can sign up for the programs, but they will be billed by the township.
“It would still be cheaper than if they got these services elsewhere,” said Township Administrator Linda Bowmer.
In other action, the trustees voted to allocate $5,000 for legal expenses relating to the Briarwood subdivision.
In addition, the trustees got a letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) about the Safe Routes to School program. ODOT is offering a grant for $5,000 to develop a School Travel Plan that would enable children to walk or ride their bikes to school. Richfield Village Mayor Mike Lyons would be the one to apply for the grant, but none of the trustees objected to the program.
Trustee Shano Cica-Mraz talked about a complaint at the previous meeting about excessive noise from the Ohio Turnpike. Cica-Mraz said she would talk to Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby about lobbying the Ohio Turnpike Commission to change its policy against noise barriers.
Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney said the Zoning Commission will meet Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices. She said the commission will discuss several parcels of land that might need zoning changes. Pinney said there are 98 such parcels. The commission also is scheduled to look at the regulations regarding open space in the R-3 and R-4 zones.
In other news, the township has acquired a new Konica color copier for its office.
The next meeting of the Richfield trustees is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.