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Road repair grants may be available from government

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

The Boston Board of Trustees at the Feb. 13 meeting discussed a possible collaboration with Peninsula Village to win road grant funds for the repair of Stine Road.

Trustee Amy Anderson said she had been made aware of the possibility of applying for Federal Lands Accessibility Grants from the U.S. Department of Interior. She said $250,000 to $500,000 in grants with a 20 percent match could be available for the area. The funds could be used to repair the road, portions of which are in both the township and the village.

Anderson said the grants would not be appropriate for all township projects, as the local government receiving the grants must promise to keep the roads open. She said the project probably would cost $300,000. Motor vehicle license taxes the township received could be set aside for the grant match, trustees said.

Anderson said she thought the two communities working together would stand a better chance of winning the grant than either of them working separately.

Also during the meeting, Trustee Gerald Ritch said he and resident Marty Griffith met with Summit County Environmental Services Director Michael Weant to discuss the proposed sewer extension into the Akron-Cleveland Road business corridor. Ritch said the route for the proposed sewer extension would run along Seasons Road to Akron-Cleveland. The estimated cost for the sewer would be $1.3 million to $1.4 million, with the township share estimated at $955,000, Ritch said. The township would have to have 85 percent participation of property owners for the county to proceed, he said. Estimates of assessments to property owners must be developed, he added.

Ritch said he also had explored the possibility of extending water lines from Cuyahoga Falls with the thought it would be more cost efficient to lay water lines at the same time the sewer would be constructed. However, Ritch said Cuyahoga Falls officials told him water lines would have to be at least 10 feet from the sewer line. He said Cuyahoga Falls officials would provide him with an estimate of costs for extending water service to the business corridor.

Trustees also discussed zoning violations on the Bobby Pruitt and Lura Jean Brown property. Anderson noted Pruitt was two months’ late in providing a new monthly plan for the ongoing cleanup.

Trustee Randy Bergdorf said Pruitt was to hand deliver a plan to trustees during the meeting. Pruitt appeared briefly and handed trustees a document promising a plan at a later date, trustees said.

Assistant Zoning Inspector Doug Mayer said a vendor who previously submitted a quote for cleaning up the Pruitt property would honor the original $8,000 quote. Trustees had asked him to obtain quotes from other vendors in the event the township needs to pay for the cleanup and place the cost on the property tax duplicate.

In other business, trustees:

  • passed a resolution officially requesting engineering assistance from the Summit County Engineer’s Office for a study of the intersection of Wyoga Lake and Akron-Cleveland roads, including possible inclusion of a traffic light to replace a four-way flashing light; and
  • passed a resolution allowing the township to apply for up to $1,062 in grants from the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Feb. 27 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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