South Side News & Notes
Green mayor accepting letters of interest for sustainability task force
GREEN — Green Mayor Dick Norton is accepting letters of interest from Green residents and members of the business and nonprofit community who are interested in being part of the city’s first sustainability task force.
This group, comprised of five members, will be charged with developing recommendations for policies and practices that improve Green’s environmental stewardship and foster a culture of sustainability, according to city officials.
“I am looking for individuals who can help us define what being sustainable looks like for Green,” said Norton. “A sustainability plan for Green will look and should be very different than for New York City, or even Akron, Ohio. A sustainability plan will have impact only to the degree that it acknowledges and identifies what our core values are.”
Interested individuals should submit a brief letter stating their unique experience with regard to sustainability and describe how they can assist the city of Green by being on this task force.
Letters of interest will be accepted until Sept. 10 and can be addressed to Mayor Dick Norton, P.O. Box 278, Green, OH 44232. For more information, contact Sarah Haring, community development administrator, at 330-896-6614 or via email at email@example.com.
Fiscal Office appraisers beginning work in Akron
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise announced that appraisers from her staff soon will begin work in Akron neighborhoods.
Appraisal staff members are starting the sexennial listing phase of the state-mandated 2014 reappraisal process, Scalise’s office announced. Appraisers will wear identification badges and yellow vests and have official business placards in their private vehicles stating they are from the Fiscal Office.
The appraisers will be in the community working between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. No Fiscal Office staff conducts field checks after 4 p.m., officials said.
Staff will use laptop computers to access data and verify records onsite to update property record cards, Scalise’s office said. New photos of properties will be taken for Fiscal Office use only, officials added.
Fiscal Office officials said appraisers will knock on doors to let homeowners know they are checking home data, but it’s not necessary for homeowners to be present for the visit. Staff will leave door hangers to let absent homeowners know they visited, officials added.
The office will conduct the site visits countrywide, a process that takes about nine months, officials said.
HHWRC announces opening day, not accepting latex paint
STOW — The opening for the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center (HHWRC), located at 1201 Graham Road, will be July 3, and the center will be closed July 4 for the holiday. The HHWRC season will run through Sept. 26. Summit County residents can recycle household hazardous waste on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
“This new schedule will allow residents to recycle unwanted oil-based paint, solvents, and other household chemicals while saving in operational expenses,” said Yolanda Walker, Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority’s (SASWMA) executive director.
“The HHWRC will no longer accept latex paint, because it is mostly water-based and once dried or solidified is acceptable for curbside trash,” added Walker.
Mixing an absorbent material such as Cobzorb, an all-natural absorbent, or other materials like cat litter or shredded newspaper into the paint will solidify the latex paint and prepare it for a proper disposal, according to SASWMA officials.
SASWMA provided 50 1-pound pouch samples of Cobzorb Paint Solidifier to each Summit County community for residents to try. Cobzorb also can be purchased at Hoffman’s Ace Hardware stores. Visit www.saswma.org for a printable Cobzorb coupon and additional information on proper latex paint disposal.
For more information about the HHWRC, visit the website or call SASWMA at 330-374-0484.
State offering free financial course
BATH — Akron is one of seven Ohio areas that will host a free financial education program conducted by Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office.
The 2012 Smart Money Choices session in the Akron area will take place July 20 at the Holiday Inn-West in Montrose. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the session will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The course includes an opening session, three breakout sessions taught by financial planning experts and a closing session. Registration is currently open.
This year the treasurer’s office will offer free Post-Bankruptcy Certification during the conference to help Ohioans who are recovering from bankruptcy. Residents who have recently experienced bankruptcy can take part in courses taught by financial experts and earn post-filing certification for attendance to the budgeting and credit and debt management courses.
“The Smart Money Choices conference series is an excellent opportunity for Ohioans to learn more about personal finance issues,” Mandel said in a press release. “There is something for everyone, with courses on budgeting, investments, student funding, debt management, retirement, estate planning and more.”
For information on other locations or to register, go to http://www.OhioTreasurer.gov/SmartMoneyChoices or call 800-228-1102 and dial option No. 1.
CVNP seeks comment on plan
BRECKSVILLE — A draft of a 15-year plan for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is available for review and comments from the public.
CVNP officials announced June 22 that the CVNP’s Draft Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) has been released for public review and comment through Aug. 20. The Draft EIS aims to develop a blueprint that will guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations and use of the trail system and its associated amenities during the next 15 years while keeping with the national park’s purpose, mission and significance, CVNP officials said.
The document can be viewed at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at www.park planning/nps.gov/cuyahoga trailplan. In addition, copies are available at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, the Peninsula Library, and the Boston Store Visitor Center and Canal Visitor Center in CVNP. Additionally, copies on disk or paper may be requested by writing to: Superintendent, CVNP, 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, OH 44141.
The park also will hold public meetings regarding the Draft EIS. Meetings are planned for July 25 at Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, and July 26 at the Main Library, 60 S. High St., both from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Comments can be provided at meetings, by mail at the above address and the PEPC website, according to CVNP officials. Comments will not be accepted by phone, fax or email.
The Draft EIS analyzes eight alternatives that provide a variety of trails and trail facilities for park visitors while protecting the national park’s natural, cultural and scenic resources. One preferred alternative was selected. The plan is a key step in establishing a trail system that provides a network for a variety of users, shares the features significant in CVNP, minimizes impacts to park resources, can be sustained for future generations and engages cooperative partnerships, CVNP officials said.
Absentee ballot applications to be mailed statewide
COLUMBUS — All registered voters in Ohio will receive applications by mail to vote absentee in the Nov. 6 General Election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced recently.
“Voting by mail is secure, convenient and because we expect many Ohioans will take advantage of this option, it will make election day run more smoothly,” Husted said. “Making it easier for Ohio voters to cast their ballots by mail will reduce the chance of long lines at the polls.”
According to Husted’s office, the statewide mailing will go out in two installments. The first will arrive in mailboxes just after Labor Day, Sept. 3, and cover Ohioans on the voter rolls as of July 30. The second mailing will be sent during the first week of October to bring in those who register to vote or update their voting information in subsequent months.
The absentee voting period for the General Election is set to begin Oct. 2, according to Husted’s office.
For security reasons, applications will be personalized to each registered voter at the address they have on file. Voters must complete the forms by providing valid identification, their date of birth and signature before returning the application to their county board of elections in the return envelope provided, according to Husted’s office.
The statewide mailing will be the first of its kind since Ohio’s no-fault absentee voting law was adopted in 2006, according to Husted’s office. In past elections, boards of elections, primarily in large urban counties, have proactively sent absentee ballot applications to voters in their counties. However, not all of the 88 county boards of elections have had the resources to conduct these mailings, according to Husted’s office.
“All Ohio voters should have the same opportunities and options to participate in the election regardless of where they live,” Husted said.
For more information about the 2012 election, visit www.MyOhioVote.com.
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