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Copley trustees discuss Fairlawn’s plans to close Rothrock Road

3/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

At the March 21 meeting, the Copley Township Board of Trustees expressed its frustration with and disapproval of the city of Fairlawn’s decision to close Rothrock Road.

Trustees Helen Humphrys and Dale Panovich earlier that day attended a meeting where Fairlawn officials rolled out their plan to permanently close Rothrock just west of Sawgrass Drive April 10.

The move will increase emergency response time by a minute to about 1,000 Copley Township residents, said trustees. Emergency vehicles that have accessed Rothrock Road from South Cleveland-Massillon Road as the most direct route to Copley Place, an independent living senior retirement community, and Fairway Park apartment complex, now will have to use Rosemont Boulevard to reach Rothrock Road, trustees said.

Copley emergency services make about 120 runs per year to Copley Place, they said.

Trustees said they did not think Fairlawn officials would alter their plans based on Copley’s concerns.

Fairlawn City Council approved road closures at the intersection of Rosemont Boulevard and Rothrock Road and Rothrock Road at Sawgrass Drive in an effort to protect residents of the Rosemont Ridge housing development from traffic generated by a proposed Super Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club development on 40 acres of commercially zoned property along Rothrock Road in Copley. Copley trustees said the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club project plan still is in the approval phase, and it could be two years before construction begins if the plan is approved. If the development were approved, the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores now located in Fairlawn’s Rosemont Commons would leave Fairlawn for Copley.

Trustee Dale Panovich said many people seem to be under the impression Copley is luring Wal-Mart to the township with incentives. She said the township has offered no incentives to the developer.

Trustees also approved 2012 permanent appropriations of nearly $13 million. Decreasing expenses allowed trustees to approve a budget 2.9 percent less than the previous year, said Fiscal Office Janice Marshall.

In other business, the board:

• agreed to a one-year extension of an agreement with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7971 for use of the Copley Community Center for their meetings;

• agreed to contribute $3,295 for children’s inflatables to be used at Copley Heritage Day in August. Trustees also agreed to put Heritage Day committee members on the township insurance policy for the day of the event and agreed to allow display of the Heritage Day banner at Copley Circle;

• OK’d donating 51 pagers and 46 chargers to the Valley Fire District in Peninsula. Fire Chief Michael Benson said the pagers and chargers are of no use to his department and have no trade-in or resale value;

• approved training for police and fire personnel;

• awarded the 2012 township building cleaning contract to MOP Commercial Janitorial Service of Akron at a cost of $1,686. Service Director Mark Mitchell said two bids were lower, but the companies lacked proper permits or performed unsatisfactory work;

• approved a purchase order for $3,520 to P.S. Construction, of Wadsworth, for crack sealing portions of Regal Drive and Fernway Avenue; and

• approved the purchase of two pallets of crack sealing material at a cost of $2,737. The material will be used in a do-it-yourself trial by the Service Department, said Mitchell. If the trial is successful, this additional in-house service could save money for the township, he added.

The trustees’ next meeting is set for April 18 at 6 p.m. in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. The board canceled its regular meeting April 4.

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