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Peninsula Council considering Player’s Barn agreement

1/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

A half dozen people appeared at the Jan. 14 Peninsula Village Council meeting to support efforts of a committee seeking to lease or license the Player’s Barn.

Another eight people sent messages of support that were presented during the citizen participation portion of the meeting.

Council, at its December meeting, tabled all proposals to lease or license the building as it appeared the committee driving the effort was stalled. Councilwoman Mary Booth, who has spearheaded the effort to put the building back into use, said the committee had not been active because it was waiting for Council to decide if it would lease or license the building to the group.

Councilman Charles Moyer, Council appointee to the Planning Commission, said the Planning Commission would discuss merits of a licensing agreement at its Jan. 22 meeting and encouraged all interested parties to attend. Moyer said the Planning Commission previously unanimously voted to recommend to Council a lease agreement with the group. Council members, on recommendation of the village solicitor’s office, asked the Planning Commission to explore the advantages of a licensing agreement before acting on the matter.

Also during the meeting:

• A resident appeared before Council to read a message protesting implementation of a Council plan to charge for street parking. The message said charging visitors to park would discourage visits to local business establishments. Council earlier approved implementation of the parking fee collection system and intends to have it operational by spring.

• Mayor Doug Mayer reported he still is waiting for completion of prehire testing for the village’s new police chief. One test result still is outstanding, he said. The new chief will not begin work until the prehire testing is complete, he added.

• Councilman Dan Schneider reported the Valley Fire District has submitted a draft contract for fire protection and emergency medical services to Boston Heights. The $200,000 contract is for 24-hour coverage, he said. If the contract is accepted by Boston Heights, it then will be submitted to Council and the Boston Township Board of Trustees for approval, he added. If accepted, the contract would benefit the village and the township, Schneider said. Currently, the Valley Fire District fire station is manned 10 hours a day, he said. Implementation of the contract with Boston Heights would allow for around-the-clock staffing, he added.

• Council also organized for 2013. Councilman Doug Anderson was elected president and Schneider will serve as vice president. Schneider will be Council appointee to the Valley Fire District and Moyer will continue as Council appointee to the Planning Commission. Council liaisons for 2013 are Brian Schall, Street Department; Booth, Buildings and Grounds and Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce; Moyer, Planning Commission; Anderson, Police Department; Schneider, Valley Fire District; and Dee Holody, Finance.

Council’s next regular meeting will be Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Council room of Peninsula Village Hall, at the corner of state Route 303 and Akron-Peninsula Road.

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