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Springfield trustees OK with mobile home park owner's efforts

1/15/2009 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Springfield trustees an-nounced they are satisfied with efforts to improve living conditions at Alexander Mobile Home Park on East Waterloo Road.

At the Jan. 8 meeting, trustees responded to a number of concerns raised by the park’s residents about whether they will continue to have a home at the 50-trailer site.

Last fall, trustees asked the Summit County Health District to look into several violations at the trailer park, with the most serious being an aging sanitary sewer system.

According to Jim Ellis, a resident of the park, the facility provides affordable housing to many elderly and low-income individuals and “would create a hardship if it were to close.”

Trustees stated they do not intend to close down the trailer park.

“We have had a productive meeting with owner John Kenna, and he is making a good effort in making living conditions better,” said Trustee Chairman Vince Mealy. “Our intent was not to put people out in the street; it was to make living conditions better.”

Kenna was at the meeting and stated he is continuing to work on sanitary sewer and other improvements.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved the $1,851 purchase of new snow plow blades from the Winter Equipment Co.; $1,610 for concrete blocks used for a road department salt storage bin; and $1,404 for service on a Springfield Fire Department truck.

Officials also announced volunteers are providing a valuable service to the township. According to various department heads, area residents volunteered about 350 hours in 2008 for Rock the Docks, the Summer Concert Series, the Parks Board, the formation of the new Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Auxiliary Police.

Trustee Debbie Davis stated residents should be aware that the new AT&T yellow pages’ recording of the township’s phone number is wrong. The correct number is (330) 794-1739.

The next Springfield Board of Trustees meeting will take place Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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