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Boston trustees give sign two-week reprieve

12/6/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Boston Township trustees will extend by two weeks the deadline for removing a Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce sign from the street corner by Boston Township Hall.

Trustees earlier agreed to ask the chamber to remove the sign by Nov. 30. The sign, which has occupied the corner of state Route 303 and Riverview Road since 1998, is no longer needed and has become an advertising medium for some village businesses, trustees said at the Nov. 28 meeting.

Technology has reduced the need for directional signs, said Trustee Randy Bergdorf.

Trustee Amy Anderson objected to the sign being used inappropriately as advertising.

Bergdorf said the Boston Township Hall Committee (BTHC) is planning to construct and install a long-overdue sign listing township hall tenants, which will be placed on the corner in front of the township hall. Anderson said the chamber sign could be relocated to any of the remaining three corners at the intersection.

Steve Bures, president of the chamber of commerce, appeared before trustees to ask for an extension on the deadline to remove the sign. Bures said the chamber is working on a “comprehensive program to regulate signage.” He agreed the sign was never intended to be used as advertising and the chamber had been lax in policing its use.

“We have not been vigilant,” he said.

Anderson was reluctant to extend the deadline, and said there has been discussion of a comprehensive plan for signage in Peninsula for more than four years.

Trustees agreed to extend the deadline two weeks to give them time to discuss the sign issue with Peninsula Mayor Doug Mayer.

Trustees also finalized a contract with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for snow removal and ice control on a portion of Stanford Road that was vacated earlier this year by the township. Anderson said the township will invoice the park system about $1,333 per month for a five-month period beginning with November 2012. Anderson said the contract contains a provision to extend the agreement for five years with no increase in the contract amount of $8,000.

Also during the meeting, trustees said they are collecting donations for the annual Share-A-Christmas program. Donation boxes are available at the Peninsula Library and Terry Lumber. Donations also can be dropped off at the township offices in Boston Township Hall, they said. Donations of goods can be made at the township offices until Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. Distribution to township families in need is expected to be made Dec. 22.

The township still is seeking applicants to fill positions on the Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). Bergdorf said the township is seeking to fill one vacancy on the BZA and one alternate each for the Zoning Commission and BZA. Residents interested in filling the vacancies should contact Bergdorf.

In other business, trustees:

• agreed to add families with active military personnel stationed overseas to the list of people eligible for the township’s free snowplow service. Senior citizens and the disabled also are eligible, trustees said;

• heard a proposal from Love Insurance to renew the township’s liability and property insurance for 2013 with The Ohio Plan. A Love Insurance representative said the township could renew its coverage with an increase of only $7 over the 2012 premium. The 2013 coverage includes a 3 percent increase in property value, the representatives said; and

• approved picking up a portion of monthly exterminator fees for the Boston Township Hall. The $80 per month contract will be shared with the Boston Township Hall Committee. The township’s share is $20 per month.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Dec. 12 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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