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Richfield Township residents adjusting to new trash hauler

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Township residents are adjusting to the trash-collection switchover from Kimble Recycling & Disposal to Rumpke, Township Administrator Linda Bowmer said at the Jan. 3 Board of Trustees meeting.

She said residents received notification in the mail about the change during the week of Dec. 17, but that notice coincided with heavy Christmas mail.

Kimble wrapped up its service Dec. 31. After the Jan. 1 holiday, Rumpke took over Jan. 2 and started collecting from homes whose trash day is on Tuesday, due to the holiday.

“It’s a learning curve,” Bowmer said. “You can go on the township website, and the trash days are listed by street.”

Bowmer also reported the group that was seeking a feasibility-study grant for a Richfield-Bath-Revere recreation center was denied by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

In other news, trustees voted Laurie Peters Gilmore as chairwoman for the new year, with David Wyatt serving as vice chair.

The trustees also passed the township’s organizational resolution. Like last year, the trustees will meet at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month and 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday.

Gilmore will serve as the township’s liaison for roads and zoning. Wyatt will cover parks, insurance, Workers’ Compensation and records. Trustee Janet Jankura will handle personnel policy, media and safety forces.

Jankura also will represent the township on the Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) Board.

Jason Mihalek will serve as the township’s fire prevention officer, a state-mandated position. He will advise the trustees on fire/EMS issues and will prepare a written report on any fire that causes property to be damaged or destroyed.

The board also thanked Jerry Ryba, who is stepping down from the Zoning Commission after 10 years as a full or alternate member. They also thanked Mike Fremon after he similarly wrapped up nine years of service on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).

The trustees welcomed Chris Sivak to the Zoning Commission for a one-year term as an alternate. Patti Dorsett, of the Zoning Commission, and Bob Lucas, of the BZA, both stayed on for new five-year terms.

The BZA still has two vacant spots for alternates. Residents interested in serving should contact the township Administrative Office at 330-659-4700.

In other business:

• The trustees also passed a resolution asking for the release of funds from the county, as well as a temporary $1.1 million budget for the early months of 2013.

• Police Chief Keith Morgan thanked the township road crews for their handling of the recent snowfall.

He also said he will meet with Revere Local Schools officials in an “ongoing discussion” in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

Morgan also said he has received complaints about firearms being discharged on Medina Line Road, but nothing can be done about it right now.

“It appears to be safe, and we can’t prevent it in the township in a safe place,” he said. “Also, the Summit County prosecutor has advised us that they aren’t violating the noise ordinance.”

• Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney said she approved 13 zoning certificates for new residences in 2012, including three in December.

Pinney also noted that later in the day (Jan. 3), the Zoning Commission was expected to hold a public hearing on a proposed rezoning of the property on the southeast corner of Broadview and Boston roads from R-1 (Rural Residential) to C-1 (Local Commercial).

She said trustees might have a public hearing in March, after the Zoning Commission and Summit County Planning Commission give their recommendations on the proposal.

• Wyatt noted the Rising Valley Park sled hill was “used quite a bit over the weekend. Usually, we don’t get snow this early.”

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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