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Council OKs revised set of rules for Richfield Woods Park

10/25/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Village Council approved a revised set of rules for Richfield Woods Park at the Oct. 16 meeting.

The rules include a new section on multi-purpose trails, stating cars and horses are not permitted on them.

The section on “Dogs and Cats” was renamed “Pets; Horses.” Pet owners must keep their animals on a leash or in a cage unless they are in a sign-designated “run” area. Horses are again out of luck, as they are prohibited from the park without a written permit.

Council also passed a resolution to use GPD Group for professional engineering services.

In other news, Mayor Bobbie Beshara said she has been working on the 2013 budget, including discussions with engineers.

“We are rounding third and heading home,” she said.

Beshara also attended an Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study meeting, which included a discussion of the Community Crossroads project in the Wheatley Road area.

The mayor also said city employees and supervisors have been taking free professional-level training classes at the Fairlawn-Kiwanis Community Center.

Beshara also noted the retirements of paramedic Don Zito and Police Officer Jeffrey Revlock.

“We do have the dollars in the budget to replace this personnel because they are absolutely necessary,” she said.

The Richfield Fire Department is down another member as well, according to Acting Fire Chief Phil McLean. He reported that Dan Albert has moved on to the Lakewood Fire Department.

McLean said he wanted the part-time employees to get the first opportunity at the two open full-time positions.

McLean also reported his department recently presented four Fire Prevention Week programs, serving all 700 students in kindergarten through third grades at Hillcrest Elementary School.

“It’s very important to me for us to have good visibility during Fire Prevention Week,” McLean said. “Seeing the firefighters and the fire truck and interacting with them are very beneficial.”

In other news:

• Police Chief Keith Morgan reported his officers have been training recently on medical emergencies, pursuit, homeland security and crisis intervention involving people with special needs.

Morgan also said the prisoner who damaged the jail’s smoke detector and protective cage was ordered by a judge to pay $830 in restitution.

• Councilman Andrew Ellis asked Morgan if the President Barack Obama campaign would be billed for costs stemming from his recent visit to the area. Morgan said he would look into it.

• Morgan also said children will gather for the Halloween parade Oct. 31 at 5:45 p.m. in the Masonic Temple parking lot.

• Service Director Melanie Baker said she has been working on a proposal for the next five years of capital improvements. Her department also is looking to add two members, she said.

• Recreation Director Ruth Jocek said the Fall Fest at Eastwood Park was successful.

“We get all sorts of compliments, including for the wildflower garden,” she said. “It’s a wonderful piece of property.”

• Planning and Zoning Director Brian Frantz said the Planning and Zoning Commission took a bus tour of the south side of town for its work on the city’s master plan.

• Council Vice president Rick Hudak reported Beshara sent a letter of intent to the Richfield Township trustees regarding the long-term use of the township office building behind the fire station.

The township’s period of renting the building for free will expire in August 2013. The plan calls for a lease extension of 10 years and “possibly much longer.”

A long-term agreement to stay in the building would justify the township’s expense of capital improvements to it, according to Beshara’s letter.

At their meeting two days later, the trustees expressed that their plans for the building would have to wait to see if voters approve the road and bridge levy next month. [See related story below.]

The next Richfield Village Council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road. Also, Council will have a special work session to discuss the budget Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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