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Boston looking into forming joint police district

5/31/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Boston Township trustees have asked the township attorney to begin investigating the possibility of forming a joint police district.

Trustee Amy Anderson, at the board’s May 23 meeting, said a September 2011 amendment to the Ohio Revised Code now will permit a joint township police district. She recommended the township explore partnerships with Peninsula Village as well as Richfield Township and the Village of Boston Heights.

“It doesn’t hurt anything to look,” she said.

Trustee Gerald Ritch said he thought the joint police district could benefit both Peninsula and the township. Boston Township currently contracts with Peninsula for police protection.

Anderson reported on Summit County Council’s May 14 public hearing on Boston Township’s request to vacate sections of Stanford, Wetmore and Oak Hill roads. Anderson said the request met some resistance from some County Council members and from some witnesses. County Council will take up the issue again next month, she said. County Councilman Nick Kostandaras (D- District 1) told the board he would continue to support the township’s request, Anderson said. [For more on that meeting, see “Concerns voiced over Boston road vacations” in the May 17, 2012, edition or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

The sections of road the township seeks to vacate serve only portions of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, trustees have said.

In a related matter, trustees approved asking the Summit County Engineer’s Office to design a one-way road with proper signage and barricades at the site of a landslide on Oak Hill Road. The landslide and damage it caused to the road are part of the reason the township is seeking to vacate the road, Anderson said. Repairing the landslide and rebuilding the road will be costly, requiring road repair funds the township does not have, trustees said.

In other news:

• Trustee Gerald Ritch reported the Summit County Planning Department has reviewed the township’s plan for an economic activity district and has recommended some changes.

Ritch also told the board that roof leaks in the Boston Township Hall have been repaired. He said the Boston Township Hall Committee (BTHC) paid about $3,600 for the repairs and asked the board to consider reimbursing the committee, which leases the building from the township. Ritch said the township pays $150 per month to rent its office space. He calculated it would take the equivalent of two years’ worth of rent to pay for the roof repairs and reminded the other board members the township will be asking the BTHC to help fund parking lot improvements. The issue was deferred until the next meeting.

• Anderson said the Valley Fire District has purchased a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria from Bath Township for $7,500 and has completed its most recent fire training class.

Anderson also thanked the Akron Bicycle Club for a $500 donation to the fire district. The club meets weekly at Deep Lock Quarry for permitted rides throughout the township, Anderson said.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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