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Springfield trustees reviewing change to lake use

10/4/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — The boating season on Springfield Lake is winding up, and trustees are preparing to take a look at the results of closing the Springfield-side boat launch ramp to determine whether to continue that practice next year.

Trustees decided to close the ramp April 1 in response to several residents’ concerns voiced last August regarding a lack of police patrol on the lake they said resulted in unsafe conditions. The closure required those wanting to boat in the lake to use the Lakemore Village side to launch a boat. Small boats such as canoes could still be launched from the Springfield side. Lakemore charges a fee of $7 per day or $45 per year to launch a boat. There is no fee for residents age 62 and older.

Trustees also increased manpower on the lake, using the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP), and added safety inspections of boats on the lake.

“This was a trial year,” said Trustee Dean Young at the Sept. 27 board meeting in response to a question from a resident who asked if the practice would continue next year. “We will review the results before making a decision for next year.”

Linda Denton, VASP coordinator, said the group “got positive feedback on their efforts and the results were cost effective.”

“This was a positive thing for the summer,” Denton said. “For the cost of a pontoon boat, traffic decreased and boating was safer.”

Denton said she would present more details on VASP efforts regarding lake activity at a future meeting.

In other business, trustees approved:

• terminating an agreement with township attorney Celeste DeHoff, effective Oct. 1, and hiring Goldman & Rosen Ltd., with J.R. Russell and Irv Sugerman assigned to serve Springfield as its legal counsel. Trustees agreed to send a letter thanking DeHoff for her service to the township.

• accepting applications received to date for an appointment to fill an unexpired volunteer service term on the Springfield Lakemore Cable Board, which came open upon the death of George Pounders May 29. Trustees also agreed to advertise for the position after an executive session;

• increasing the Agency Escrow Cable appropriation fund to $27,402, along with $3,836 for Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, for the salary of the 2012 station manager as approved by the Cable Board;

• increasing a then and now payment to Stutler Leasing to $1,227 for fire truck 3113 repairs;

• declaring the fire damaged residence at 2439 Sadler St. to be a public hazard and ordering its demolition; and

• accepting an updated fee structure for the Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) Park on Pickle Road for tournaments. The fees are: $400 per day for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; $200 per day Mondays through Fridays, along with a $200 deposit (refunds will be given only if no games are played); $30 per day for regular games, along with a $50 practice permit fee and a lighting fee of $30 to turn lights on, plus $5 per game. For more details, contact township officials at 330-794-1739.

Township officials also announced: the Records Commission will meet Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road, to approve a new Records Retention Schedule, and the Summit County Board of Elections has closed the Town Hall polling location, and those who previously voted there are now assigned to the Young Elementary School polling location. For more information, contact the Board of Elections at 330-643-5200.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is set for Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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