South Side News & Notes
Pfaff remembered for long METRO career
|The Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center was named in honor of Bob Pfaff, shown above, in May.
|Photo courtesy of METRO RTA|
|Photo: Maria Lindsay|
His death came just two months after the transit facility in Downtown Akron was named the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center to honor his years of service. [For more on that, see “METRO Transit Center renamed for executive, Green resident” in the May 18, 2012, South Side News Leader, or visit the archives at www.akron.com.] According to METRO officials, Pfaff started working for the transit authority in 1974. He was executive director for the past 17 years.
Pfaff is credited with helping METRO expand countywide, introducing Sunday service, kicking off service to and from Cleveland and the 2009 opening of the transit center.
METRO officials said Pfaff felt his greatest accomplishment while at the helm of the organization was passage of a 2008 levy increase that helped the agency avoid major cuts in service.
In June, he was honored with the Leonard Ronis Excellence in Public Transit Award through the Ohio Public Transit Association.
Pfaff, a Cuyahoga Falls native, is survived by two brothers, four daughters, four grandchildren and many friends.
According to his obituary, a celebration of Pfaff’s life will take place in August, with details to be announced later.
Springfield School Board hosts special meeting
LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education awarded a bid package and approved a personnel item at a special meeting July 2.
The board awarded a contract for the Canton and Sanitarium roads turn lane-widening project to Lockhart Concrete Co., who bid $394,900 for the work, according to district officials.
Also, the board approved moving classified employee Janet Baker to account clerk IV effective July 1, according to district officials.
The next regular board meeting will take place July 17 at 6 p.m. at Spring Hill Junior High, 660 Lessig Road.
Manchester Local Schools close books for the fiscal year
NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education gathered for a special meeting June 29 to close the books for fiscal year 2011-12, which ended June 30.
According to Superintendent Sam Reynolds, the board approved end-of-the-year transfers and final appropriations.
Reynolds said Treasurer David Osborne’s report showed a total of $16,436,951 was appropriated and $16,497,283 was actually spent. The total carryover for the next year is $799,115, he added. He also said that health insurance costs were up from the previous year.
Reynolds said the report showed debt service is expected to drop in fiscal year 2013 to approximately $100,100, which includes a new bus purchased in July and borrowing 1 percent of debt loan to repair roofs against a permanent improvement levy.
The next board meeting is set for July 24 at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Building, 6075 Manchester Road.
Ohioans urged to be cautious with dry weather
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry is urging Ohio residents to take special precautions during this summer’s extremely dry conditions.
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; taking 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.
Akron PeaceMakers seeks 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.
The Akron PeaceMakers is a program of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations. For more information, call Billy Soule, assistant to the mayor for Community Relations, at 330-375-2660.
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