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Boston trustees working with Peninsula on Joint Economic Activity District

3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Boston Township Board of Trustees appeared happy with Peninsula Village’s appointment of a committee to work out details of a proposed collaboration with the village in a Joint Economic Activity District (JEAD).

Trustees, at the March 13 meeting, said the village has appointed a committee of four people to meet with trustees and hammer out details of the proposed agreement. The collaboration would allow the village and the township to collect payroll taxes from certain businesses within the township. Trustees have said the estimated $4.8 million in payroll within the JEAD could yield $45,000 to $90,000 in payroll taxes, which would be split between the township and the village. If the two entities can agree on terms of the collaboration, the issue must be approved by voters of each community, trustees have said.

Businesses affected by implementation of the JEAD include offices of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), Boston Mills Ski Resort, Summit County Engineer’s maintenance yard and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Township resident Marty Griffith, who has been assisting trustees in their attempt to bring sewer service to the Akron-Cleveland Road corridor, reported on his efforts to identify funding sources for the project. Griffith said he learned Community Development Block Grants, which are made available through the Summit County Economic Development Office, will be delayed this year because of sequestration. Griffith said he was told grant applications would be not be available until August.

Griffith also said he was hopeful money for the project could become available from the state. He said it appeared the state’s approach to attracting business has shifted from offering monetary and tax incentives to plowing money into the state’s infrastructure to make it a better place to do business.

Also during the meeting, Trustee Amy Anderson announced the township has been awarded $13,500 in grants through the CVNP for improvement of Hines Hill Road. She said that was the only grant submitted by the township to be approved. The grant, which requires a local match, will be used for pavement repair, said Road Superintendent Tim Tesmer.

Anderson also reported the Summit County Engineer’s Office is seeking input from Cuyahoga Falls on an evaluation, requested by the township, of the intersection of Cleveland-Akron and Wyoga Lake roads.

Anderson reported that Joe Paradise, of the Summit County Engineer’s Office, said 75 percent of the intersection is in Cuyahoga Falls. Trustees asked for an evaluation of the intersection, which they say frequently causes traffic back-ups.

Trustees also adopted permanent appropriations for 2013 and noted the township is feeling the full impact of the state’s 50 percent reduction in funding to local governments.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be March 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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