South Side News & Notes
Investors back out of Belden Lodge purchase
GREEN — City of Green officials announced March 20 that Table for Life LLC investors and chef Kent Welsh have pulled out of a deal to purchase the Belden Lodge in Southgate Park, which is owned by the city.
According to city officials, the investors found the estimated cost to renovate the facility exceeded their original estimates. According to city officials, Welsh’s vision for the Belden Lodge included a banquet and wedding facility; gourmet catering; onsite winery; retail product lines production; gourmet cooking classes; and nutritional consultations for families.
City officials added that other buyers have expressed interest in the property, including two who want to create a restaurant/winery, one who is interested in converting the lodge into a banquet facility and one who wants to renovate the property into a residence and office.
“We are disappointed that the original project is falling through, but it is best now before construction is started,” said Mayor Dick Norton. “With these other interested parties, we anticipate positive activity on the sale and future of the lodge in the next several weeks.”
Green City Council approved the sale of the Belden Lodge and almost 9 acres Jan. 8 for $600,000. The city had placed the property on the market in fall 201l.
The Belden Lodge was acquired as part of the Southgate property in 2006 using some grant money, according to city officials. Since then, the city has been unable to use it for public purposes due to a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and fire codes, according to city officials.
City officials estimated the cost to renovate the property for public use to be in the $1 million range. The annual cost to the city to maintain the vacant facility is approximately $12,000.
Green hires company to control geese at Boettler Park
|City of Green officials have contracted with Ohio Geese Control, a company that uses trained border collies, to manage nuisance geese populations at Boettler Park.|
|Photo courtesy of the city of Green|
Geese can cause significant damage to a park, creating unsafe and unsanitary conditions, according to city officials. Each goose produces 1-2 pounds of droppings daily, which can be a health risk and carry Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, according to city officials. In addition, geese in parks often lose their fear of humans when people feed them and over time may become aggressive of their territory, especially during nesting season, according to city officials.
“At Boettler Park, the geese population has risen significantly in the past few years, which is affecting the ecology of the pond, making it costly to maintain,” said Mike Elkins, superintendent of the Green Parks and Recreation Division. “In addition, geese are leaving droppings on the soccer fields, in particular, as they fly between the pond and the wetlands, creating unsanitary conditions for our kids and families.”
Ohio Geese Control uses trained border collies, because geese perceive them as a threat, to harass and chase the geese from the area. Over time, the geese will seek other areas. The dogs do not harm the geese in any way, but are effective in eliminating geese from the park, according to city officials.
This method of control is effective for a few years before geese begin to return to the area, according to city officials.
The dogs, identified by orange vests they will be wearing, will be in the park at various times three to four days a week for a few weeks, then twice for one week, then for one, with the program expected to last through July, according to city officials. Park visitors are asked to not pet the dogs while they are working and to keep their dogs on leashes. By city ordinance, dogs only are permitted in Southgate Park.
Ohio Geese Control also will remove geese from the pond area in front of the Central Administration Building and Spring Hill Sports Complex.
Cormorants to be relocated
COVENTRY/NEW FRANKLIN — Officials from Portage Lakes State Park, Coventry Township and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are working together on a program to counteract the overabundance of cormorants on an island within the West Reservoir.
According to ODNR officials, the program is intended to relocate some of the birds to other areas within the state park. This will allow a population of the birds to exist that will be more harmonious with the habitat and other species that currently occupy the island.
According to ODNR officials, the program will be in collaboration with the ODNR Division of Wildlife and Coventry Township. To prevent injury to wildlife, staff will utilize harassment methods such as noise makers, lasers and visual techniques. These methods will be used for a few weeks this spring as the cormorants return to the area and will conclude once there is evidence of nesting.
For more information on cormorants, visit wildlifecon trol.info and click on “Cornell University Wildlife Publications,” then on “New! Cormorant Issues.”
For more information about the relocation program, contact the Portage Lakes State Park at 330-643-1730.
Board of Revision complaint forms due April 1
SUMMIT COUNTY — The deadline to file a complaint form (DTE 1) against the valuation of real property is April 1.
Taxpayers who do not agree with the valuation of their property have the opportunity to file a complaint with the Board of Revision for review of property values. When a complaint is filed, the Board of Revision will schedule a hearing, review testimony and issue a decision on whether a correction should be made to the valuation. The board does not hear complaints regarding real estate taxes.
Complaint forms must be signed, dated and notarized. Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 1. Forms can be hand delivered or mailed to the Summit County Fiscal Office, 175 S. Main St., Room 302, Akron, OH 44308 or the satellite office at Summit County Board of Revision, 2525 State Road, Room 153, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.
Property owners may obtain a DTE 1 by calling 330-643-2631 or visiting fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and choosing the Board of Revision Complaint link.
Board of Revision members are the fiscal officer, county executive and county clerk of courts and/or their representatives.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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