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Coventry moving ahead on clock tower improvements

10/18/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

At the Oct. 11 meeting, the Coventry Board of Trustees decided it is time to address the erosion at the township’s landmark, the Clock Tower.

Last month, the board decided not to move forward with a beautification project at the site, planned to be done by a landscaping company, because it was discovered the work could be done less expensively and sufficiently in house.

Township Road Supervisor Lael Stouffer came up with the new plan.

During the meeting, the board approved legislation to begin to stabilize and improve the bank at the Clock Tower and walking area soon for a total cost of $13,776.

According to the legislation, the township will pay $2,560 to Ray Bertolini Trucking to deliver materials for the project; $800 to Oliger Seed for weed barrier fabric and wire staples; $8,400 to National Limestone for 300 tons of Type C Ohio Department of Transportation rip rap, which are large rocks used on banks, placed on the water’s edge, to prevent erosion; and $2,016 to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for traffic control while the work is being done.

Also during the meeting, the board decided to move forward with improvements at the township road/maintenance building garage.

The board approved a contract with Shuman Inc. in the amount of $17,114, which covers the cost of materials and the installation of new garage floor drains, a water softener and water heater at the facility.

The board additionally discussed the district’s annual leaf drop-off and approved spending up to $1,800 to hold the collection.

Township officials are reminding residents not to rake leaves into ditches, the lake or waterways, as they can cause ditches and spillways to become clogged and lead to future flooding issues.

Officials also used the Oct. 16 meeting to urge residents to renew the five-year, 2.25-mill fire/emergency medical services (EMS) levy — Issue No. 56 — on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.

The levy, which is in its last collection year, provides financial support for the fire department’s salaries, benefits, vehicle and equipment repair, supplies and gear, training and building maintenance, Fiscal Officer Joni Murgatroyd said.

She explained residents would not incur any additional costs by approving the levy renewal. The levy would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $5.74 a month in taxes, or $68.91 annually, Murgatroyd said.

Board members reiterated the renewal is important to continue the fire department’s excellent service in the district.

In other township business, Coventry’s trick-or-treat night will take place Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Those wishing to participate should turn on their porch lights. Officials said the Summit County Sheriff’s office will increase patrols to ensure everyone’s safety. Those with questions should contact the township Administration Office at 330-644-0785.

The next Coventry Board of Trustees meeting is set for Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 68 Portage Lakes Drive.

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