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Boston trustees ask police to write citations for cemetery trespassers

10/4/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Boston Township Board of Trustees, at the Sept. 26 meeting, again expressed concern that citations were not being given to trespassers in Boston Cemetery.

Trustees said Peninsula Village police officers reported three incidents in September of trespassing at the cemetery, but no citations were given to the trespassers who were found in the cemetery after closing time. The Peninsula Police Department is under contract to provide police protection to Boston.

Police found three to four people inside the cemetery gates after dusk Sept. 15 and 16, trustees said. Police reports indicate the intruders were told to leave and not given citations. One group told the officers they were looking for Helltown and asked for directions, according to the reports. Police were called a third time Sept. 22 to investigate a suspicious car that had left by the time officers arrived, according to the report.

Trustee Chair Amy Anderson said the cemetery has suffered more than $8,000 in damage to its gravestones. “We’ve had a lot of vandalism,” she said. “If people are there [after closing time], they need to be cited.”

Trustees said signs listing cemetery visiting hours are posted at the gate. The cemetery closes at dusk, and Peninsula police officers are to lock the gates each day at closing time.

A police representative said the directive to cite trespassers has been posted at the police department and all officers should know about it.

In other news, trustees reported that proposed revisions to the township zoning map have been submitted to the Summit County Planning Commission and are expected to be reviewed in October. The rezoning is one more step toward establishing an economic activity district within the township.

Trustees plan to hold a work session with officials from the Summit County Department of Environmental Services to discuss the proposed sewer extension to the Akron-Cleveland Road corridor. Trustee Gerald Ritch said county officials are considering rerouting the sewer to cut diagonally from a point along Seasons Road to Akron-Cleveland Road instead of running it along Seasons Road to Akron-Cleveland Road. He said the new route could save money in construction of the sewer, but would necessitate obtaining easements.

Environmental Services officials also want to discuss running the sewer on the west side of Akron-Cleveland Road instead of the east side, Ritch said. Moving the sewer to the west side of the road would save money on construction because the sewer line would not have to be placed as deeply as it would on the east side, Ritch added.

Trustees approved a resolution for participation in the Moving Ohio Forward program through Summit County. The program will provide matching funds for demolition of condemned or blighted structures.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Oct. 10 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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