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Summit County Planning Commission OKs EAD in Boston

11/1/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Summit County Planning Commission approved rezoning 617 parcels in Boston Township from Residential to Economic Activity District (EAD) Oct. 18.

During the Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 24, Trustee Gerald Ritch said he thought this was the biggest hurdle in the township’s quest to establish the district, which, for taxing purposes, will work similarly to a Joint Economic Development District.

The next step in the process to establish the EAD is for the township Zoning Commission to hold a public hearing and to vote on whether to pass the issue to the trustees for a public hearing and approval. Upon approval from the trustees, the EAD would be put to a vote of township residents. If the issue passes, the township then would choose a partner that would share in income tax collections from employees of businesses that operate within the district. Trustees said they did not expect the issue to appear before voters until April or May 2013.

The EAD would allow the township to collect income tax from employees of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, among others.

Trustees Chair Amy Anderson said Summit County Comprehensive Planning Administrator Susan DeChant did not recommend approval of the rezoning to the Summit County Planning Commission. However, after explanations of how the district would operate and the rationale for its establishment were explained by township consultant Mark Majewski, of Northstar Planning and Design, and Anderson, the commission voted to approve the rezoning, Anderson said.

In other business, trustees:

• reviewed a concept drawing for a sign to be placed at Boston Township Hall. The sign would feature names of hall tenants and be placed at the corner of state Route 303 and Riverview Road. Trustees also agreed to send a letter to the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce asking that chamber signage on that corner be removed;

• agreed to reimburse the Boston Township Hall Committee $3,500 for repairs to the roof over township offices. Trustees said they hoped the money would be earmarked for the planned replacement of the township hall’s slate roof;

• noted a worker’s compensation certificate had been received from Baker Snow and Ice Management, which submitted the low bid of $30 per driveway for the township’s senior citizen snowplowing program. Under the program, township senior citizens can have their driveways plowed for free. The program has limitations on the number of times driveways will be cleared in a 24-hour period, and snowfall must reach a minimum depth before township officials activate the program;

• noted 11 campers stored for the winter at Kamper City on Akron-Cleveland Road had been burglarized. Trustees said flat-screen televisions were taken from the units;

• noted a meeting has been set between administrators for CUE (Community, University and Educational Purchasing Association) and Cargill, a provider of road salt. Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon said Cargill will be asked to explain how the Ohio Department of Transportation got better pricing on salt than CUE. The township buys its road salt through CUE; and

• heard the Valley Fire District is negotiating a contract to provide emergency services to Brandywine Ski Resort for a second year.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Nov. 14 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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