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Bath trustees approve grant applications

2/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Bath Township Board of Trustees approved allowing township personnel to apply for two grants.

Deputy Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli requested trustees approve a special project grant application to the Summit County Emergency Management Agency at the Feb. 19 meeting. The no-match grant would allow the township to install an emergency alert siren on a pole at the Bath Administration Building on the corner of Bath and North Cleveland-Massillon roads. The siren would be used to alert local residents and business owners to a variety of emergencies, Sinopoli said.

The second grant application is to the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Authority, recently renamed ReWorks, for a community recycling access grant. The grant is reimbursable and has no match, Sinopoli said. A previous recycling access grant was used for construction of the recycling center in the parking lot of Bath Elementary School, Sinopoli said.

Trustees also approved hiring Timothy Lombardi as a part-time firefighter/paramedic. Lombardi, a retired Cuyahoga Falls fire captain, is a Bath resident with more than 30 years of firefighting experience, said Fire Chief Walter Hower. Lombardi will serve a one-year probationary period.

Sinopoli reported to trustees that a civil lawsuit against the fire department was dismissed Feb. 7 by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands. The suit stemmed from a November 2009 incident in which township emergency medical personnel allegedly struck Tynesse Allison with a gurney as they moved through a hallway in the emergency department of Akron City Hospital. Allison was asking for $25,000 in damages.

Sinopoli also reported trustees’ meetings now are nearly paperless. The township will save more than 300 sheets of paper per meeting, as all three trustees have purchased iPads they will use for the meeting agenda and its back-up documentation. In addition, paper documentation formerly provided to members of the press has been abbreviated or provided electronically, he said.

Upcoming events include a State of the Parks presentation at The University of Akron Field Station at the Bath Nature Preserve March 21 at 7 p.m.

The board’s next regular meeting will be March 4 at 7 p.m. in the trustees meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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