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Boston trustees discuss future of Oak Hill Road

4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

County Council refuses township’s request to vacate portion of road

While conceding the road may never reopen, Summit County Council has refused Boston Township’s request to vacate a portion of Oak Hill Road, said Boston Township Trustee Gerald Ritch.

Ritch reported at the April 10 board meeting that County Council voted April 8 against granting the request to vacate a portion of Oak Hill Road, currently closed because it has been deemed unsafe by the Summit County Engineer’s Office. Council again tabled a township request to vacate Wetmore Road until June 10, Ritch said.

Ritch said the vacation request was opposed by Cuyahoga Falls, Bath Township and Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County representatives.

Oak Hill Road has been closed since June, when Summit County Director of Engineering Joe Paradise said maintaining traffic on the one remaining lane would require placement of concrete barriers whose weight would contribute to continued failure of the road. A landslide earlier in 2012 closed one lane of the two-lane road.

Paradise ultimately recommended the road be closed for safety reasons, trustees have said. Trustees have said repairs to the portion of the road affected by the landslide would run nearly $1 million, and no township residents live along that section.

Trustee Amy Anderson said she had met with Cuyahoga Falls Law Director Paul Janis about Wetmore Road. An agreement between the two communities allowed Cuyahoga Falls to do snow removal and ice control on Wetmore Road this winter. Anderson said Cuyahoga Falls was interested in keeping Wetmore Road open, which might mean annexing 230 acres of the township along the road.

In other action, trustees:

  • accepted the resignation of Paul Baker from the township Zoning Commission. Trustee Randy Bergdorf said Baker has moved from the township. Trustees later appointed resident Todd Liebenauer to fill Baker’s unexpired term;
  • renewed the township’s participation in a Joint Economic Development Zone with Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Hudson. Anderson voted against the renewal;
  • noted the Valley Fire District Pancake Breakfast will take place May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire station, 5287 Dogwood Drive. Trustees also said during the pancake breakfast at 11 a.m., the Valley Fire District will dedicate the John R. Puchalsky Apparatus Building and the John A. Lahoski meeting room a the fire station; and
  • noted the township continues to work with Peninsula on a contract to host the township’s Economic Activity District.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be April 24 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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