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Boston trustees to approach Peninsula about EAD

3/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Boston Township Board of Trustees will attend the March Peninsula Village Council meeting to answer questions about partnering with the village on a proposed Economic Activity District (EAD).

Peninsula Mayor Doug Mayer, also a Boston employee, said he would put the topic on Council’s agenda for the March 11 meeting.

Boston, for the past year, has been working toward forming an EAD that would allow it to capture a portion of income taxes paid by employees of businesses within the township. However, townships are prohibited from collecting income taxes, necessitating a “hosting” partner with income tax collecting authority.

The partnership would mean additional tax revenue for both entities. The village and the township would have to agree on a percentage split of the taxes collected.

At the board’s Feb. 27 meeting, Trustee Gerald Ritch told Mayer trustees would lay out the program and answer any questions Council members may have about the EAD.

In other business, Ritch reported Cuyahoga Falls has provided preliminary figures on costs to extend water lines into the Akron-Cleveland Road business corridor of the Joint Economic Development District (JEDD). Ritch said officials estimated the water line extension would cost $150 to $200 per foot and tap-in fees would be $4,400. Ritch said the final cost will be set after more engineering work is complete. Ritch said he expects the figures to be refined and something more concrete will be provided to the township by mid-March.

Road Superintendent Tim Tesmer was instructed to investigate the cost of obtaining a new truck for use by the Road Department. The township’s large truck will be out of service for another two weeks, Tesmer told the board. The Road Department is using its smaller truck for snow plowing and salting while the other vehicle is out of service. Tesmer asked the board how he should proceed should the remaining truck become disabled. Trustees had a brief discussion about a reciprocal agreement with Peninsula and asked Tesmer to research the cost of a new or reconditioned truck.

The board recognized township resident James Conroy II for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Conroy, the son of James and Roberta Conroy, constructed a chicken coop for use by learning disabled students at Woodridge Intermediate School for his Eagle Scout project. Conroy was presented with a commemorative plaque at his Feb. 24 ceremony, said Trustee Amy Anderson.

Trustees also discussed extending the current trash contract in exchange for the hauler providing residents with single-stream recycling bins. The township attorney will research whether the township can extend the contract or if it must go out to bid. The current trash hauler has agreed to provide the large, rolling bins at no additional cost to residents, said Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon. Trash rates would remain the same for the first year of the three-year contract extension, with increases tied to inflation for each of the remaining two years, she said.

In other business, trustees:

  • appointed Paul Kaczmarski to the township Board of Zoning Appeals to fill the unexpired term of Kathy Mathies. The term ends in 2016;
  • accepted a resolution requesting the Summit County Engineer’s Office evaluate the township portion of Stine Road and make recommendations for repair;
  • heard Valley Fire District’s tanker truck has been termed too old to repair and that a tanker from Richfield will automatically respond to emergencies within the district; and
  • noted the Peninsula Library and Historical Society will present a free program March 18 on the centennial of the 1913 flood.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be March 13 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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