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Coventry trustees support local responders’ relief efforts

11/15/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

As the Nov. 8 Coventry Board of Trustees meeting took place, Trustee David Calderone was more than 400 miles away from Coventry aiding victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The board excused Calderone’s absence, as he was deployed days earlier to the suburbs of New York City to help those impacted by the natural disaster.

Township officials said Calderone and township fire department administrative assistant Kelly Corbin were sent to Long Island through a mutual-aid agreement Coventry has with other states through the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

Fiscal Officer Joni Murgatroyd explained Calderone and Corbin are part of the Ohio All Hazard State Incident Management Team (IMT), which is a group of trained responders who assist emergency personnel during large and difficult incidents by offering physical assistance and resources.

Township Fire Chief John Dolensky said Calderone and Corbin were more than willing to offer assistance in New York for about two weeks.

The Coventry duo left for the Long Island area Oct. 31 with several other area responders, he said.

Also during the meeting:

• The board approved a blanket certificate up to $5,000 for the deployment of Calderone and Corbin.

Board Chairman Tom Seese said the township is paying for Calderone and Corbin to assist emergency management personnel in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Coventry will be reimbursed by the state through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he said.

“They are trained to do this, and it was good we sent them,” Seese said. “It gives us good rapport with the state.”

• The board announced the Senior Community Center will remain closed until Nov. 19 for construction work.

Seese said the center closed Nov. 8 for a reroofing project, which includes new gutters and downspouts.

On Oct. 25, the board awarded a contract to Franks Brothers Construction for about $17,000 for the work at the senior center, Murgatroyd said.

• The board also announced work soon will begin on the Krebs Drive culvert replacement project.

Last month, the board awarded a contract to Vito Gironda Construction Co. — as advised by the Summit County Engineer’s Office — in the amount of $22,600 for the Krebs Drive work, Murgatroyd said.

• The board noted a bagged leaf drop-off will take place tomorrow, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cottage Grove Park off of Daisy Avenue.

Murgatroyd said the leaves will be recycled and reutilized by Mulch Makers.

The event is for township residents only, and bagged leaves may not be dropped off before the scheduled event, officials said.

• The board also announced it continues to seek a road maintenance truck driver.

Murgatroyd said those interested should submit an application, résumé and letter of interest by today, Nov. 16, to the Administration Office, 68 Portage Lakes Drive.

• Zoning Inspector George Beckham announced a public hearing will take place during the board meeting Dec. 13 concerning a request to rezone 2694 Main St. from Single-Family to Business 1 for the purpose of turning the home into an eye doctor’s office.

In early 2011, the home was found to contain ricin, a hazardous material, he reminded the board.

Beckham also reported he recently recommended 15 abandoned and blighted township properties for demolition through the Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program.

• Murgatroyd reported to the board she is working on the temporary appropriations budget for 2013 and will present a draft at the Dec. 13 board meeting.

• The board discussed its desire to find suitors for the Harbor Inn and Hook, Line and Drinkers, two lakeside restaurants currently closed.

• The board also agreed to close a portion of township roads Dec. 1 from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. for the Coventry School Foundation’s 5K Run/Walk and thanked the public for supporting its fire renewal levy on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.

The next Coventry Board of Trustees meeting will be the annual holiday meeting and will take place Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the senior center, 335 Willowview Drive.

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