West Side News & Notes
Fire levy to go on ballot in Norton again
NORTON — During a special meeting June 28, Norton City Council members voted in favor of once again asking voters to approve a levy for fire and emergency medical services.
Clerk Karla Richards said Council voted 6-1 to bring the issue before voters again. Councilwoman Charlotte Whipkey (at large) voted against the legislation.
Richards said most Council members expressed their thoughts that the city should have 24-hour coverage by its safety forces. She added Whipkey said she has been told by residents that after two tries at the ballot, they are not interested in seeing it on the ballot again.
The clerk added that the levy request, which will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot, will be the same as the last request in March: a four-year, 4.6-mill levy for the purpose of funding the fire department and its vehicles, equipment and supplies.
Richards said the levy would cost residents the same amount as with the March levy — about $141 a year for the owner of property worth $100,000.
When the levies didn’t pass in November, Council voted to reduce the manned hours at the city’s fire station effective Jan. 1 and lay off nine firefighters. The cuts meant the station would have no personnel for fire and EMS calls from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. However, Norton firefighters continued to cover the station until the March election. When the March levy was defeated, the firefighters ceased the evening coverage, according to city officials.
Public meeting planned for proposed road widening in Norton
NORTON — Officials from the city of Norton will host a public meeting July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed roadway widening of a section of South Cleveland-Massillon Road. The meeting will be held at the Community Center, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.
The project limits begin at Shannon Avenue and extend northward approximately 1.7 miles to the Interstate 76 interchange. Representatives from the design consultant GPD Group will be present to discuss the proposed project. The project will require obtaining permanent and temporary rights-of-way along South Cleveland-Massillon Road and intersecting side roads, according to city officials.
The city of Norton is seeking information on the presence of cultural resources (prehistoric and historic archaeological sites and historic buildings) near the project area. Written comments on the proposed project will be accepted until Aug. 10 and may be submitted to: Dave White, municipal engineer, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, OH 44203.
Granger trustees to continue public hearing again
GRANGER — The Granger Township Board of Trustees decided to continue a public hearing for the second time regarding a rezoning request from Gino and Barbara Faciana, of FEI Properties Inc., for an area on the north side of state Route 18 between Ridge and State roads.
The land is currently zoned R-1 (Residential) and C-2 (General Commercial), and the proposed change is to establish a PDD (Planned Development Overlay District). The township’s Zoning Commission earlier recommended approval of the new district following a public hearing held by that group May 10.
The trustees’ first public hearing was held June 13, continued to June 27, and the new continuation will be held July 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road. The public comment portion of the discussion is closed, and the July 5 meeting will be held for trustees to deliberate, according to Trustee Teri Berry. They will have 20 days following the close of the public hearing to make their decision on the change, they said.
Ohioans urged to be cautious during dry weather
|Due to a lack of needed rainfall in the area recently, a farmer kicks up a lot of dust while working in a field on Coon Road in Copley. Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ officials are asking all Ohioans to be aware of safety precautions needed during drier than normal conditions.|
|Photo: Ken Love|
Officials said the lack of rain and increasing high temperatures can allow dried grasses, weeds, leaves and crops to become fuels for wildfires, and these conditions may continue throughout the summer months.
“We are asking all residents, woodland owners and farmers to be very aware of their surroundings during this dry time,” said Robert Boyles, chief and state forester of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “Our state is exceptionally dry this summer, and these conditions are ideal for spontaneous wildfires.”
Ohioans can protect themselves from accidental wildfires by making smart choices. These include avoiding burning trash and debris; keeping grass trimmed; not discarding cigarettes and other smoking materials outside; proper care of open cooking fires and campfires; and being vigilant with equipment that produces heat and sparks, such as catalytic converters, hot mufflers, welding equipment and chainsaws.
State officials added that if residents see a wildfire, they should call 9-1-1 immediately and not attempt to put it out.
“Ohio is having several small, human-caused wildfires,” Boyles said. “It is clear that conditions are leading to increased problems with wildfire, and we ask all Ohio residents to be careful.”
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, go to www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.
Scout troop to mark 60th anniversary
WEST AKRON — Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop No. 75 will celebrate its 60th anniversary this summer with special events July 14.
The troop has planned a golf outing that day at Mud Run Golf Course, 2000 S. Hawkins Ave., with registration at 8 a.m. and tee time at 9.
The outing will be a four-person scramble for nine holes, and there will be prizes for first- through third-place teams. The cost is $25 for each adult golfer and $10 for Scouts. Coffee, juice and pastries will be provided at Mud Run. Checks should be made payable to Troop No. 75. For more information, contact Jim Harris at JHarris765@aol.com or visit the troop’s Facebook page.
A picnic and celebration will follow at noon at St. Paul’s Church, 1361 W. Market St., and is open to all. After a short program, attendees will have lunch donated by Prime 93.
The troop will have displays on its history set up at the event. T-shirts and Scout popcorn will be for sale.
Youths interested in the church’s Souting program also are welcome to attend for more information.
For details on events, go to www.stpaultroop75.org.
Akron PeaceMakers seeking new members
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron PeaceMakers, the city’s anti-crime youth group, will conduct orientation classes this summer for teens interested in joining.
Youths entering ninth through 12th grades this fall can choose from two summer sessions: July 24-27 or Aug. 7-10, both from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch included at no cost.
After the four-day orientation, the July class of participants will be invited to join the PeaceMakers at their fourth annual Teen Expo Aug. 2 at Lock 3 Park. The new PeaceMakers also will take part in the 28th annual Night Out (Against Crime) Aug. 7 at one of 15 citywide sites.
City officials added that applicants to the program will learn how city government works and the importance of community organizations. They also will get a first-hand look at the different aspects of the justice system.
Since the program was begun more than four years ago, Akron PeaceMakers have volunteered more than 10,000 hours. Members serve on many boards and committees and are active in their schools and other organizations. They also sit on various advisory councils, including for Summit County Juvenile Court, the Akron Police Department and the Mayor’s Office. Members come from every high school in Akron, including parochial and private schools.
Last year, the Peacemakers’ major objective was to make youths aware of the violence around them and encourage fellow students to resist becoming involved. City officials said this year the organization will target bullying, with a new PeaceMakers’ anti-bullying program slated to be unveiled in August.
To participate, go to www.AkronPeaceMakers.org or call Willa Keith at 330-375-2712 for an application.
Akron PeaceMakers is a program of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations. For details, call Billy Soule, assistant to the mayor for Community Relations, at 330-375-2660.
— Kathleen Folkerth and Ariel Hakim contributed to these reports.
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