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Copley police reports coming to township website

2/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

People seeking basic police reports from the Copley Police Department soon will be able to get copies without ever leaving home.

The Copley Board of Trustees, at the Feb. 6 meeting, approved the launch of a program that will give the public access to accident and incident reports through a link on the township’s website. The program, through Sundance Systems, will cost $600 annually, according to township officials.

Police Chief Michael Mier said only the basic report will be available. Officer notes and confidential information will not be published, he said.

Mier said once the officer makes his electronic report, it will be reviewed and then released online within a day or two.

Currently, people requesting copies of police reports can obtain them by coming to the police station or by having the reports mailed or emailed, he said.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved a new section of the zoning resolution with the intent of amending the section at a later date. Before the vote, trustees reopened and completed a public hearing on the new section, which outlines regulations for landscaping, buffering and screening. Trustees said the newly seated Architectural Review Board (ARB) will have responsibility for reviewing and approving plans for buffering and screening and some of the regulations in the new section, written before instituting the ARB, were restrictive and now unneeded.

In other news, Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall told trustees the township once again has been excluded from group coverage for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Trustees approved a purchase order for 2013 coverage for $195,243. Marshall said the amount was double what the township paid last year as part of a group. She said the township is participating in several programs that lower the premium, but they are rebate programs, so the township must pay the full amount up front. The payment isn’t due until May, Marshall said, but paying the premium now will net the township a 1 percent discount.

In other business, trustees:

  • approved training for administrative, fire and police personnel;
  • approved a $5,800 purchase order to Quality Scrub Car Wash for washing police cruisers in 2013;
  • approved donating five pairs of fire boots to The University of Akron for training purposes. The boots no longer are fit for on-duty use, said Fire Chief Michael Benson;
  • approved applying for grants from the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Services and the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority;
  • approved the donation of obsolete radio equipment to Chippewa Township;
  • appointed Neal Call to the township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017, and appointed George Clark as an alternate to the BZA for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2015;
  • approved requesting an extension of the performance period for a grant awarded by the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Fire Department will request the remaining $10,160 of the grant be used for fire instructor training through July 14;
  • approved an amendment to the township personnel manual requiring all employees provide information for direct deposit of paychecks;
  • approved a one-year renewal of employee health and dental insurance with Medical Mutual at a 3 percent increase;
  • approved a labor agreement with the Ohio Police Benevolent Association on behalf of police sergeants. The agreement will run retroactively from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2014; and
  • amended the township salary schedule to include members of the ARB. They are to be compensated $25 per meeting.

The board will meet for a special meeting tonight, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. to hear grievances filed by employees in the Service Department. The board’s next regular meeting will take place Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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