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Dressler to lead Copley Board of Trustees

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Scott Dressler will serve as president of the Copley Township Board of Trustees for 2013.

Trustees elected Dressler president at the Jan. 2 organizational meeting. Dressler succeeds Trustee Helen Humphrys as the board’s leader. Trustee Dale Panovich will serve as vice president. The board will continue to meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The board approved two requests from Service Director Mark Mitchell, including nearly $705,000 in requisitions and purchase orders for maintenance of township buildings and grounds and roads in 2013. The planned expenditures will come from the General Fund, as well as the Road Fund, which is supported by a levy, Mitchell said.

The board also approved township participation in Summit County’s 2013 pavement project. Trustees approved bidding $400,000 in road maintenance and repaving projects through the aggregation program.

Fire Chief Michael Benson reported the department exceeded last year’s total calls for the second year in a row. He said the department had a record 2,326 calls, 75 percent of which were for emergency medical services.

Following an executive session, the board appointed five regular members and two alternates to the township’s first Architectural Review Board, said Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall. Members include Joseph Gregory, Christine Dersi, Kelly McPerson, Melanie Friedman and Dwayne Groll. Alternates are Rodney Kovacs and Richard Nagy.

In other business, the board:

• extended to Feb. 6 the terms of Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals members whose terms are expiring;

• accepted verbal resignation of Dwayne Groll from the township Zoning Commission, effective Dec. 31;

• accepted a donation to the Copley Fire Department of two copies of the 2013 Physicians’ Desk Reference, valued at $97.95 each, from Dr. Jo McMullen;

• approved training for the police and fire departments;

• signed final documents authorizing a lease agreement for the P25 radio system for a period of 10 years. The lease assigns responsibility for maintaining the system, upgraded with a 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, to Summit County. The lease includes radio systems of Fairlawn, Norton and Bath, as those communities participated in the joint grant; and

• approved the day before Christmas as a township holiday for nonunion, noncontractual employees.

The next trustees’ meeting is set for Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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