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Boston trustees organize for year, OK zoning amendments

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

Amy Anderson once again will serve as chairperson of the Boston Board of Trustees.

Trustees, at the Jan. 9 meeting, approved several 2013 organizational matters, including electing Anderson as chairperson and Trustee Randy Bergdorf as vice chairperson.

Bergdorf will remain the board’s liaison to the Zoning Commission and township appointee to the Union Cemetery Board and the Boston Township Hall Committee. Anderson again will serve as the township liaison and board member for the Valley Fire District, and Trustee Gerald Ritch will be the township liaison to the Peninsula Village Police Department, which is under contract with the township to provide police protection, and the Joint Economic Development District with Cuyahoga Falls.

All employees were rehired in their current capacities, including Tim Tesmer as road superintendent, Doug Mayer as road department employee and assistant zoning inspector and Larry Sulzer as zoning inspector. Lida Flowers Brandt will remain as zoning secretary.

The regular meeting followed a public hearing for comments on proposed changes to the township zoning map. Trustees reported no citizens appeared before the board to offer comments. The zoning map amendments earlier were approved by the Zoning Commission, trustees said.

During the meeting, trustees voted to approve the proposed amendments to the zoning map. The amendments placed several township parcels into an Economic Development District (EDD), paving the way for the township to collect income tax from employees of businesses located within the EDD zones. Those entities include the National Park Service and Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort.

Summit County Councilman Nick Kostandaras (D-District 1) appeared before the board to pledge to aid the township in finding a solution to noise problems from the Ohio Turnpike and said he would continue to support the township in its effort to vacate portions of Oak Hill and Wetmore roads. The township’s request to vacate the roads has been deferred several times by County Council. Council is expected to take up the issue again in April, Kostandaras said.

In other business, trustees:

• agreed to extend the Joint Economic Development Zone agreement with Hudson, Stow and Cuyahoga Falls for another year;

• discussed complaints from township senior citizens about the free snowplow service provided by the township; and

• approved permanent appropriations and 2013 purchase orders and blanket certificates.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Jan. 23 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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