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3/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

ODOT plans public meeting on proposed bridge replacement

NORTON — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will conduct an open house public involvement meeting for the proposed replacement of two bridges with improvement to existing vertical clearances.

The open house meeting will be April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

The bridges to be replaced are the Clark Mill Road bridge over Interstate 76 and the Summit Road bridge over I-76 in Norton. Relocation of Hazelwood Drive also is proposed to improve the sight distance at the intersection with Summit Road. During construction, each bridge will be closed to traffic for six to nine months, and a detour route will be implemented. The bridges will not be closed at the same time.

The purpose of the public involvement meeting is to present and discuss the currently proposed project with the general public, residents, business owners and public officials and to solicit comments regarding its social, economic and environmental impacts. ODOT also requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project. Cultural resources include prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, sites and districts.

Mapping and project plans showing the proposed bridge replacements, relocation of Hazelwood Drive and detour routes to be utilized during construction will be displayed for viewing. Representatives from ODOT District 4 will be available to discuss the proposed improvement and environmental impacts and to address questions and concerns regarding the proposed project. 

Comments may be submitted during the public involvement meeting or mailed by April 22 to: Anthony Urankar, District 4 District Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Transportation, 2088 S. Arlington Road, Akron, OH 44306, Attn. Steven Rebillot, District 4 Planning Administrator.

Copies of the meeting materials will be available for review at the ODOT District 4 office.

Construction is expected to begin on this $3.7 million project in Spring 2014.

For more information about project design, contact Lisa Bose, ODOT District 4 project manager, at 330-786-4817 or Lisa.Bose@dot.state.oh.us.  For questions concerning project environmental issues, contact Robert Lang, ODOT District 4 environmental specialist, at 330-786-4975 or Robert.Lang@dot.state.oh.us.


Copley trustees request help from Engineer’s Office

COPLEY — The Copley Township Board of Trustees took care of routine business at the March 20 meeting.

Trustees approved a resolution requesting help from the Summit County Engineer’s Office for assistance in acquiring easements for the Janwood Drive culvert replacement project. The project, to help alleviate flooding in the area, will require acquisition of drainage and temporary construction easements, trustees said. Trustees approved up to $5,000 for the engineer’s services.

A second resolution requests help from the Engineer’s Office in reviewing a request from the West Ridge Estates Homeowners Association for “No Parking” signs on one side of all neighborhood streets. The resolution requests the Engineer’s Office do a parking and sign study.

Trustees renewed the township’s contract with MOP Commercial Janitorial Service. The one-year, $20,232 contract is for cleaning township buildings.

Trustees also approved several training requests, including courses in pediatric life support for the Fire Department, firearms instructor and shotgun instructor courses for the Police Department and a safety seminar for the Service Department. Youth Worker Marcie Mason will attend a seminar titled “Operation Street Smart.”

The board’s next regular meeting will take place April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.


DAP announces sixth annual Green & Clean Day May 3

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is recruiting volunteers for the sixth annual Green & Clean Day, which will take place May 3.  

Business employees and community members form teams to complete projects around their own Downtown property or are assigned tasks within the district.

“The 2012 event was a great success, with more than 325 volunteers participating,” said Suzie Graham, president of DAP. “Most volunteers were downtown employees, business owners, residents and students. They picked up over 110 bags of trash, thousands of cigarette butts, swept 40 blocks of sidewalks, washed paper boxes, parking meters, planters and much more.”

Projects performed in 2012 totaled 1,005 volunteer hours, with tasks ranging from weed removal, painting, mulching flower beds and planting flowers to giving major facelifts to the fountain at Cascade Plaza, Commerce Park and the Akron Symphony’s new location.

Volunteers may work the morning shift from 9 a.m. to noon, the afternoon shift from 1 to 4 p.m. or both. Each volunteer receives a T-shirt, goodie bag and lunch. Lunchtime festivities take place at Lock 3 and include entertainment and door prizes.  

This year, DAP is asking teams to provide supplies and/or equipment to help reduce expenditures (e.g. paint rags, paint rollers, sponges, buckets, scrub brushes, cleaner, etc.). There are also sponsorship opportunities available to display company names or organizational logos on the back of the official T-shirt.  

Volunteers interested in participating in Green & Clean Day 2013 may register a team or as an individual by filling out an online registration form at www.downtownakron.com/greenandclean or by calling Rich Hoselton at 330-374-7676. Those who wish to participate as a team must register by April 1 to be included in all promotional materials. Individuals must register by April 12 to guarantee participation.

Green & Clean Day is a part of Keep Akron Beautiful Clean up Akron Week/Great American Cleanup.


YMCA presenting scholarships to Habitat for Humanity families

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Each year, the Akron Area YMCA collaborates with Habitat for Humanity to help families achieve a healthy, confident, connected and secure lifestyle, according to YMCA officials.

The Akron Area YMCA will present one-year family memberships to 12 new Habitat for Humanity families March 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the University Park YMCA, 477 E. Market St.

“By partnering with Habitat for Humanity and offering these families memberships, we’re living out our promise to make the communities we serve a better place for all,” said Doug Kohl, Akron Area YMCA president and CEO. “Another instance of that is our Partners With Youth Annual Giving Campaign, which kicked off this month. As a leading nonprofit, the Y relies on the contributions of its generous donors. These individuals and organizations allow us to make [an] impact in the communities the Akron Area YMCAs serve. This further illustrates our commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, teens and families while improving their health and well-being.”

According to YMCA officials, the YMCA has provided many Habitat for Humanity families with YMCA family memberships over the years and uses the Partners With Youth Annual Giving Campaign to raise funds to provide scholarships to those who need assistance.

“Partners With Youth helps the [YMCA] assure that those most in need have opportunities to learn, grow and thrive,” Kohl said. “Partners With Youth donors, volunteers and members help the [YMCA] positively impact the community through its three focus areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

For more details, visit www.hfhsummitcounty.org or call 330-745-7734.


Crown Point Ecology Center accepting applications for 2013 CSA shares

BATH — Crown Point Ecology Center is now accepting applications for full or half shares for its 2013 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) season.

Crown Point offers more than 50 varieties of certified organic vegetables in its 22-week season. Membership to Crown Point Ecology Center and half payment of a share is due upon submission of the application. All shares are first-come, first-served with application and payment. Those interested should sign up on the CSA waiting list at www.crownpt.org (available at “The Farm” under the “Our Programs” drop-down menu). Crown Point then will contact those interested.

Share pick-up is on Wednesdays or Fridays beginning early June through late October. All shareholders are required to work a minimum of one three-hour work shift through the season.

Currently there are full-shares or half-shares available. For more information on those, email amy@crownpt.org or call 330-668-8992.


Stephanie Kist, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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