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6/7/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Marilyn Slaby on General Election ballot

WEST AKRON — State Rep. Marilyn Slaby (R-District 41) replaced her husband, Lynn, as state representative earlier this year. Now she’s taking his place on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot for a chance to represent District 38.

Debbie Walsh, of the Summit County Republican Party, said Copley resident Marilyn Slaby was unanimously selected during a May 30 meeting of the 38th District State Representative Committee to take her husband’s place on the ballot.

Lynn Slaby was elected to the District 41 seat in 2010 but announced earlier this year he would step down to accept an appointment to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He already had won the party’s nomination in the March 6 Primary Election for the November General Election.

Marilyn Slaby, who had previously served as the District 41 representative in 2004, expressed interest in the seat and was sworn in April 24 after Summit County Republicans recommended her. That appointment did not mean she could automatically take her husband’s place on the ballot, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.

Walsh said in addition to the chairman and secretary of the Summit County Republicans, the chairman and secretary of the Stark County Republican Party also was part of the meeting since District 38, which was changed through redistricting, includes part of Stark County.

Marilyn Slaby will face Democrat Michael Kaplan in the fall election.

Trial continues in Copley vs. Fairlawn

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The trial in the case of Copley Township vs. the city of Fairlawn began June 1 and took place all this week before Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty.

The suit is one of several resulting from the proposed development of a Super Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. In April 2011, Fairlawn City Council voted unanimously to close Rothrock Road west of Sawgrass Drive. The move came in response to plans calling for the commercial development there on a nearly 40-acre commercially zoned parcel in Copley. Wal-Mart officials plan to relocate from Fairlawn’s Rosemont Commons to the Copley site.

Copley filed the suit in response to the road closure. The judge is also concurrently hearing the case Jacob Pollock vs. the city of Fairlawn. Fairlawn resident Pollock filed suit against the city because of the road closure.

According to Judicial Attorney Lisa Nemes, the trial was expected to run through this morning, June 7, and will likely resume the following day.

“On [June 8] the judge will assess the remaining witnesses and determine whether we can conclude this week or resume at another date,” Nemes said. “In any event, I do not expect the judge to rule from the bench. She will likely issue an opinion in writing sometime after the close of arguments. The time for that really depends on the volume of evidence and testimony the court must sift through to determine the proper ruling.”

Infrastructure funding available

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Executive Russ Pry’s office is now accepting applications for state programs that assist local communities with infrastructure improvements.

Local municipalities, townships and villages are eligible for the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) and Local Transportation Improvement Program (LTIP) funding, provided by the Ohio Public Works Commission, county officials said.

Projects eligible for SCIP funding include bridges, roads, solid-waste disposal facilities, storm-water collection systems, wastewater treatment and collection systems and water supply systems. SCIP funding is provided through credit enhancements, grants, loans and/or local debt support. Additional funding options include the Revolving Loan Program, Small Government Funds and Emergency Funds.

The LTIP can help provide funding for bridges, culverts and roads in the form of grants.

County officials said the county has allocated more than $10 million to support the program locally.

The application deadline is June 29 at noon. Applications may be downloaded at www.co.summit.oh.us/executive/capimprov.htm. For more information, call the Department of Community and Economic Development at 330-643-8745.

Fuel fund assistance day set

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Low-income residents can apply for assistance with their electric bills at a county event June 14.

Residents whose household income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for fuel fund assistance, according to Summit County officials. The fuel fund assistance day starts at 8 a.m. at the Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. Applicants will be given a number upon arrival, with 200 numbers available that day, county officials said.

To apply, residents should bring photo identification, such as a driver’s license, Social Security card, the most recent delinquent electric bill or termination notice, and proof of a good-faith payment within the past 90 days.

Residents are eligible for assistance once every 12 months, and payments cannot be applied to deferred account balances, county officials added. In addition, Home Energy Assistance Program and Percentage of Income Payment Plan payments are not considered a good-faith payment.

If residents arrive after the numbers have been distributed, they may call the Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development at 330-643-2068 for information on future fuel fund dates.

Blue Alert new notification system

COLUMBUS — Ohio is using a new alert system to enlist the public’s help in the case of a critically injured or killed law enforcement officer.

The Ohio Blue Alert was introduced June 1 with a statewide test conducted that day, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Officials added that the notification system was created by the Ohio General Assembly, signed into law by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and is coordinated by the Ohio AMBER Alert Steering Committee.

The Ohio Blue Alert will be issued when a local law enforcement agency confirms that a law enforcement officer has been seriously injured or killed and a suspect has not been apprehended, or when a law officer is missing while on duty or under circumstances warranting concern for the officer’s safety.

An alert also can be issued when there is sufficient descriptive information about a suspect or the circumstances surrounding an officer’s injury, death or disappearance to indicate that activation of the alert may help locate a suspect or a missing law enforcement officer.

Once an alert is issued, media will be notified and a toll-free tip line will be activated. Also, Ohio Department of Transportation electronic message signs will be activated in the affected area.

Nominations sought for preservation awards

WEST AKRON — The Summit County Historical Society (SCHS) and Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron are seeking nominations for the 2012 Architectural Heritage Awards program.

The program highlights projects in Summit County by recognizing exemplary historic preservation examples and individuals who have made a significant impact, organization officials said.

Projects should have been completed according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Historic Preservation, officials added.

Nominations will be considered in the categories of restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic buildings and preservation of properties from the recent past.

Those who use eco-friendly materials and methods in historic preservation projects also will be acknowledged. Nominated projects can include those that integrate green practices or materials into construction projects; incorporate eco-friendly practices into community-wide planning and education programs; and submit creative applications to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification process as it applies to existing historic buildings.

Homeowners or organizations are eligible to submit nominations, which are due by 4 p.m. June 22. Forms are available through both organizations and can be downloaded from www.preservationakron.org or www.summithistory.org.

Winners will be announced at a program Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Akrona Galleries in West Akron.

For details, call SCHS at 330-535-1120 or Preservation Alliance at 330-374-3787.

Texas company completes seismic testing in Peninsula

PENINSULA — A Texas company completed seismic testing, an exploratory procedure to locate oil and gas deposits, along state Route 303 in Peninsula, according to Peninsula Mayor Doug Mayer.

Nicholson Land Service, of Taylor, Texas, obtained permits from the state of Ohio for the testing, Mayer said. Residents may have observed cables stretched across the roadway. The company created vibrations in the Earth that were recorded and will be evaluated along with another line of east-west readings and two lines of north-south tests to complete a grid of the area, Mayer said.

Since the testing was carried out by a private company, no public report will be made, he added.

Since the permits were issued by the state for testing on a state roadway, local government had no opportunity to object, Mayer said.

The company was permitted to complete testing on about 4 miles of highway each day, and on June 4, cables remained on Akron-Cleveland Road as the company made its way toward Streetsboro, Mayer said.

— By Pam Lifke

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