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Springfield trustees recognize retiring road super

12/20/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Shown from left are Springfield Trustees Bruce Killian, Deborah Davis and Dean Young during a presentation recognizing retiring Road Superintendent Richard Kaylor, shown at far right. Fiscal Officer Joy Dies is pictured seated in the background.
Photo: Maria Lindsay
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield trustees took time to recognize a retiring official at the Dec. 13 Board of Trustees meeting.

Road Superintendent Richard Kaylor, who is due to retire Dec. 28, gave his last report at the meeting.

“We have all your equipment serviced and ready for the upcoming winter months,” he said. “We have 1,000 tons of salt in storage and another 300 tons ready for shipment. We are prepared and just waiting for the snow to show up.

“This will be my last report for the township. … I can say it has been a true honor to serve the residents as roads superintendent for the last 15 years, as well as working with one of the best crews in the business,” Kaylor added.

Kaylor said his crew has “solved a lot of problems in the area” during his tenure.

Trustees then gathered to present a plaque honoring and recognizing Kaylor for his service to the township.

Trustee Bruce Killian acknowledged Kaylor and his team, stating residents and visitors to the township have commented often that during the winter they knew when they were in Springfield “because the roads are clean.”

Trustees selected Ted Weinsheimer as the new road superintendent to replace Kaylor, effective Dec. 10, at a special Nov. 25 meeting. Weinsheimer, 48 and a resident of Norton, previously served for 11 years as the city of Norton public service superintendent. He attended the Dec. 13 meeting but did not speak.

Also during the meeting, Springfield Police Chief John Smith announced Springfield Officer Ken Porter, who has been working with the Metro SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team, has achieved a point score needed to qualify him for its Annual Fitness Award for 2012.

Smith also announced that $1,095 in cash and a cruiser full of nonperishable food and toys were collected during three days of the Fill-a-Cruiser event. Smith said the collections will benefit families in need from Springfield and Lakemore during the holiday season through the organization Springfield Cares.

Fire Chief Vic Wincik announced CPR and first-aid classes will be offered through the Springfield Fire Department beginning in January. The Heart Saver CPR/AED class is free but limited to six people who are not health care professionals. More information about the first-aid class will be released at a later date. For more information, call 330-784-7210 or visit www.IAFF3040.com.

In other business, trustees approved:

• temporary appropriations of $8.4 million for 2013, which is slightly less than last year’s amount of just more than $8.5 million;

• an advance of $30,000 from the General Fund to the Road and Bridge Fund 2031 for budget stabilization;

• a transfer of $25,600 from the General Fund to Fund 2906, Reserve Accumulated Leave Fund, for the December payroll;

• an amendment from $4,000 to $5,511 for repairs for fire department engine 3113;

• an amendment from $1,170 to $1,695 to Vetter Fitness Equipment for maintenance and repair of employee fitness equipment;

• a “then and now” purchase order of $1,043 to Wingfoot Commercial for new steering tires for the Road Department’s dump truck;

• to declare four sites — 976 Mohawk Trail, 1010 Mohawk Trail, 2963 Old Home Road and 2777 Swinehart Road — a nuisance and initiate abatement in the form of the demolition of structures on the properties, based on the Summit County Building Department’s decision they are health and fire hazards and are unfit for human habitation; and

• to renew the appointment of Gene Lindgren to the township’s Board of Zoning Appeals until Dec. 31, 2017.

In addition, Trustee Deborah Davis asked residents using the township’s recycling bin on Canfield Road during the next few weeks to break down cardboard boxes before leaving them there to accommodate the expected increase of such material during the holiday season.

Trustees adjourned into executive session to discuss employee negotiations and compensation of employees.

Trustees met Dec. 20 for a special meeting to open bids for the new restroom building on Canfield Road.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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