South Side News & Notes
Springfield trustees hire new roads superintendent
SPRINGFIELD — During a special Nov. 25 meeting, the Springfield Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Ted Weinsheimer as the new Springfield Road Department superintendent, effective Dec. 10, to replace Richard Kaylor, who announced in October he would retire Dec. 28.
According to a resolution adopted at the special meeting, Weinsheimer, who is 48 and a resident of Norton, will start in the position at an annual salary of $62,000 and receive employee benefits. Upon completion of satisfactory performance during the probationary period, Weinsheimer’s salary will increase to $64,000, effective with the first pay schedule of July 2013.
According to township officials, 12 people applied for the position. Trustee Dean Young said they conducted several interviews before the final interview with two candidates, which resulted in selecting Weinsheimer for the job.
“We decided to meet on the Sunday for the final interview due to the quick notice Weinsheimer had to give to his employers and due to the Dec. 28 retirement date for Richard Kaylor,” Young said.
According to township officials, Weinsheimer has served as the public service superintendent for the city of Norton for 11 years, and will resign from that position Dec. 7. For the previous 20 years, he worked for Fomo Products Inc. as manager in various positions. Weinsheimer has training in a number of street-related classes and seminars, according to township officials.
Young said Weinsheimer was selected to replace Kaylor for a number of reasons.
“This is a guy that can hit the ground running; he has a service-minded attitude; and we got positive feedback from Norton on him,” said Young.
Trustees met for a regular board meeting Nov. 29, and details on that meeting will be in next week’s edition.
Summit County Probate Court changes hours
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Probate Court will no longer be open on Saturdays, effective immediately.
The court, located at 209 S. High St., handles issues such as estate administration, guardian conservatorship, adoption, change of names, birth registrations and corrections, as well as marriage licenses, according to court officials. It is overseen by Judge Todd McKenney.
The court will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 330-643-2330 or visit www.summitohioprobate.com.
Dog license sales start Dec. 1
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Dog owners may begin to purchase their 2013 Summit County dog licenses Dec. 1, according to Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise.
She added that license renewal forms are being mailed to dog owners that week.
Dog licenses cost $14. State law requires licenses to be renewed between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 each year. A late fee equal to the cost of the license will be charged for applications received after Jan. 31, Scalise said.
Dog licenses can be purchased through the mail or in person. To obtain a license in person, visit the Fiscal Office Services Department, 1030 E. Tallmadge Ave., or Summit County Animal Control, 250 Opportunity Parkway in Akron. There are also businesses throughout the county that offer the service. Those vendors charge an additional fee of 75 cents per license for the service. For a complete list of vendors, go to fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and choose the Dog Licensing link to view locations, or call 330-630-7226 for more information.
License registration forms also are available on the website. The form may be printed and mailed with payment.
In addition, payments may be made online for licenses with a credit card or electronic check. There is a fee for the service, Scalise added.
Scalise noted that if a dog has a dangerous dog designation, it must be registered per Ohio Revised Code. That registration is in addition to an owner’s annual dog registration.
Service dogs also must be licensed, but their fee is waived when certification of the dog’s training is provided, Scalise said. Once they are registered with the county, they are permanently licensed by receiving special tags.
Scalise also reminded kennel owners that their licenses are renewable at this time. The cost is $50 per license and includes five tags.
County officials said pet licensing is one way owners can have peace of mind when a pet is lost.
“When your pet wears a current Summit County dog tag on their collar, the license can help bring your lost pet home,” Scalise said.
She added that her office has also established Kristen’s Missing Pet Network to help identify a lost pet. The network can be accessed through the Fiscal Office’s website and offers an open forum to post photos and descriptions of lost and found pets.
For additional information, go to the website or call the number above.
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s Long Haul Against Hunger successful
AKRON — Thousands of local residents struggling with hunger will receive holiday meals this season thanks to the donations of community members during the Long Haul Against Hunger, hosted by the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
According to Foodbank officials, live radio broadcasts were held with My 101.7 WHOF at Thursday’s Plaza in Belden Village and with 98.1 WKDD at the Plaza at Chapel Hill Nov. 16, with listeners encouraged to drive by either location and donate nonperishable food items and money. The donations collected at both locations help the Foodbank provide approximately 200,000 meals this holiday season, according to Foodbank officials.
The financial donations collected from the Long Haul Against Hunger event were matched by the 415 Group and The Goodyear Rubber & Tire Co. Usually at the Foodbank, $1 purchases four meals, but that Friday, because of the companies’ matching financial gift, $1 purchased eight meals, according to Foodbank officials.
The Long Haul Against Hunger is part of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s Hunger-Free Families campaign. For more information about the campaign, visit www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/hff.aspx or contact the Foodbank at 330-535-6900.
Relief on utility bills available for low-income Ohioans
COLUMBUS — Low-income Ohioans can avoid a utility disconnection or restore their heating services by making a one-time payment of $175.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has issued a Winter Reconnection Order providing low-income consumers with this assistance. This option is available until April 15, 2013.
For households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, funds provided through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Winter Crisis Program (WCP) or other energy assistance programs may be used to pay the $175 charge. Households with incomes above 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines must enter into a payment plan for any remaining balance on their utility bills above $175. If a consumer’s heating service has already been disconnected, an additional $36 reconnection fee is required.
Consumers are encouraged to apply for assistance or contact their utility company to establish a payment plan before they face loss of service and additional reconnection fees.
“The Winter Reconnection Order has helped hundreds of thousands of Ohioans maintain utility service for heat during the winter months,” said Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston.
Consumers can only take advantage of the Winter Reconnection Order once during the winter heating season.
If customers owe past due payments on their natural gas and electric bills, the $175 can be divided between both utilities.
Customers can use the Winter Reconnection Order to initiate electric or natural gas service rather than pay the required security deposit. If the security deposit exceeds $175, the remaining balance will be added to their next month’s bill.
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus) customers can take advantage of the Winter Reconnection Order. PIPP Plus customers who have been dropped from the program are required to make any missed PIPP Plus payments or pay $175, whichever is less, to re-enroll in the program.
The OCC also offers additional information for customers struggling to keep up with their heating bills on its website, www.pickocc.org.
ODA offers tips for purchasing firewood
OHIO — As winter approaches and more Ohioans look to firewood to help heat their homes, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David Daniels asks Ohioans to be aware of some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.
Firewood rules and regulations include:
• Nonpackaged firewood must be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord. One cord, when properly stacked, should be 8 feet long by 4 feet high and 4 feet wide (128 cubic feet).
• If sold in bulk, firewood must be purchased by the weight in ton measurements. This must be weighed on a certified scale.
• It is illegal to sell firewood by any other unit of measurement, such as a rick, rack, face cord or truckload. If a consumer believes that a seller did not comply with these rules and regulations, the person should immediately contact the seller.
• If non packaged firewood is purchased, the seller must present the consumer with a delivery ticket or sales invoice that includes contact information and the terms and conditions of the sale.
• If firewood is advertised and sold as “seasoned,” it must have a moisture content of less than 50 percent. “Unseasoned” wood will only produce two-thirds of the heat of “seasoned” wood.
• If the firewood is advertised and sold as a certain type of wood, the load must contain at least 90 percent of that species.
If a problem occurs with a firewood sale and the seller will not correct the problem, consumers may contact the ODA’s Division of Weights and Measures at 800-282-1955 or contact a local weights and measures inspector located in each county auditor’s office. In Summit County, the Fiscal Office can be reached at 330-643-2636.
Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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