Boston residents getting new recycling containers
Boston trustees approved a contract amendment with its trash hauler to provide township residents with an expanded recycling program.
Under terms of the contract amendment, the township will extend its contract with trash hauler Kimble in exchange for providing township residents who use the trash service with 64-gallon rolling recycling containers with lids. The containers will replace 18-gallon open bins previously distributed to trash customers, trustees said. Trustees approved the extension at the March 27 meeting.
The contract extension permits rate increases in its last two years. The increases would be equal to government-determined cost-of-living figures, said Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon.
Kimble representatives will distribute the totes along with information about recyclable materials, trustees said.
In other news, Trustees met with members of Peninsula Village Council to work out the terms of a proposed Joint Economic Development District. Trustees have approved zoning several township parcels as economic activity districts in an effort to capture payroll taxes from businesses that operate within the township. As townships cannot levy payroll taxes on their own, trustees have proposed partnering with the village. Trustee Gerald Ritch said the meeting was productive as the attendees worked through logistical issues, including how tax revenues would be split between the two communities. A second meeting was set for April 3, he said.
Trustee Chairman Amy Anderson reported on a recent Valley Fire District (VFD) Board meeting. She said negotiations with Boston Heights to provide fire and emergency medical services continue. She said the board hoped Boston Heights would make a decision by April 10. If the agreement is approved, Boston Heights fire personnel could join VFD, and VFD would lease equipment from Boston Heights, Anderson said. If an agreement can be reached, 24-hour coverage would be available to the township and Peninsula, the two communities now served by VFD, she added.
Anderson also reported the VFD will purchase a used tanker from Cuyahoga Falls and is compiling specifications for purchase of a new emergency medical services vehicle.
She also said the VFD annual pancake breakfast is May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $6 for ages 11 and older and $4 for children 10 and younger.
In other business, James Dickinson, a resident of Roose Road, complained to trustees that a neighbor had rerouted storm water to run across his driveway and it causes damage. Dickinson said he sought help from township zoning personnel and the Summit County Engineer’s Office, but has been offered no solution to the problem.
Trustees said they would seek an opinion on the matter from the Summit County engineer, but it is likely the issue is a civil matter.
The next regular trustees’ meeting will be April 10 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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