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Richfield trustees notified of coyote seminar

3/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Township Administrator Linda Bowmer announced residents can learn about nuisance wildlife at a local seminar.

She made the announcement at the March 15 Richfield Township Board of Trustees meeting.

She said a coyote seminar will take place March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Richfield Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road. Geoff Westerfield, of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, will speak to residents about how to deal with coyotes and other nuisance wildlife on their properties.

In other news, Trustee David Wyatt said the gate in Rising Valley Park has been up throughout the winter, leading to some complaints from Newton Road residents about increased traffic.

“This includes some trucks, and that is painful to that fragile parking lot,” Wyatt said.

He said the computer chip in the gate needs to be replaced. That would cost approximately $900, which is a lower price than replacing the entire gate.

Wyatt also said a rotten tree fell and wiped out a fence in the northern area of the park.

In other business:

• Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore described the road situation as “no snow, no work, no salt,” leading to the township saving money.

She also said she hopes the township can work with the Summit County Engineer’s Office to lower the price on summer road projects.

Gilmore added that county workers cleared out the culvert on the north end of Alger Road, but it became blocked again.

Since the winter has been so mild, the trustees voted to pay the end-of-season on-call bonuses to the road crew on March 16, rather than waiting until the usual date of April 15.

Gilmore also followed up on the discussion at the last trustees’ meeting about the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, which is exploring the idea of connecting to Cleveland water for the Regina Health Center, located on Broadview Road.

Township, county and village officials met with Sister Cabrini Ferrito and adviser Gene Esser, a former Summit County engineer and current city engineer for Broadview Heights. Gilmore said the plan coming out of that meeting was to form a water agreement similar to the one in The Woods development.

Under that plan, the village and township would not form a water board. Instead, the village would take care of the water line and the Sisters of Charity would pay an assessment in order to cover repairs to the water lines that would be needed over time.

“This would keep the area rural residential, so it wouldn’t become quasi-commercial,” Gilmore said.

• Trustee Janet Jankura told Caine Collins, of the Summit County Engineer’s Office, who was in attendance, that some Glencairn residents would like to get help from the county for erosion problems in the area.

Collins said he would try to get them an answer.

• After a public hearing that drew no comments, the trustees approved zoning changes that defined minor arterial roads, major collector roads, minor collector roads and local roads.

The new zoning language also allows the township to own or operate a facility in the following zones: CD (Conservation District); R-1 and R-3 (Residential); C-1 and C-2 (Commercial); and LI-O (Light Industrial Office).

• The trustees also passed a resolution to support the exploration of a Revere Community Recreation Center. Jankura said proponents of such a facility in the Bath-Richfield area want to apply for funds to conduct a feasibility study.

• Trustees voted in favor of a proclamation recognizing the Ohio Association of Student Councils, which will convene at Revere High School April 26 for a three-day conference.

• Fiscal Officer Laurie Pinney reported Charles Harris & Associates performed the township’s biennial audit of the township’s finances earlier in the week.

The Richfield trustees’ next meeting is scheduled for April 5 at 10 a.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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