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Richfield trustees discuss issues with Rising Valley Park gate

4/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The ballad of the Rising Valley Park gate added another verse recently, and the Richfield Township Board of Trustees talked at the April 18 meeting about how to wrap it up.

In order to make things easier for emergency vehicles and the township road crews, the trustees left the gate open throughout the winter.

They instructed Park Administrator Chris Eastwood to lower the gate April 15. However, less than three days later, someone driving from the south crashed into it.

“Chris said the gate was bent so much that one of the welds was broken,” said Trustee David Wyatt. “Maybe speed bumps would be a good way to slow people down.”

“Cars are continuing to fly through there,” said Township Administrator Linda Bowmer.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve paid as much in repairs as we paid for the gate originally,” said Fiscal Officer Laurie Pinney.

In related news, the trustees approved a paving project for Newton and Oviatt roads. The township lowered its costs by repairing the trouble spots rather than motor-paving the entire road.

Trustees agreed to pay Lytle Construction Co. $34,068 to fix Oviatt Road and $23,956 to repair Newton Road. Bowmer said next month township officials will learn if they will receive funding for the repair of Hawkins Road, which would take place in 2014.

Also during the meeting:

  • Bowmer said the Ohio Department of Transportation was nearly finished with its repairs of the Interstate 77 bridge over state Route 303.
    In addition, Bowmer said she attended a meeting of the Ohio Township Association, which introduced township officials around the state to 360-Public.com, a website that aggregates public information on demographics, housing, economics, crime and education from several sources.
  • The trustees agreed to renew the township’s insurance policies with Wichert Insurance at a cost of $15,428.
    “Our cost went up by $1,500 due to an extra piece of equipment and an increase in property value,” Wyatt said.
  • Pinney delivered the quarterly financial report to the trustees. She said the township is expected to receive approximately $61,000 in Local Government Funds in 2013, which is “dramatically” down.
    Pinney also said her budget planning is easier since the police and fire contracts are set for the next two years. Also, the trash-hauling contract with Rumpke Waste Hauling is fixed through 2015, with an option to renew for two more years, she said.
    She also said the 2014 budget is scheduled to be approved at the July 18 trustees meeting.
  • Township Trustee Janet Jankura discussed the idea of having a dog park in Richfield.
    “It’s a nice feature in a community that allows dogs to run free in a fenced area,” she said. “We could post behavior and use rules. There’s a little one in Brecksville with a double gate to keep the dogs in, as well as some obstacles. It’s just a thought.”
  • The public hearing that was scheduled to take place before the meeting was continued until June 20 at 6:30 p.m. The owners of the property on the southeast corner of Broadview and Boston roads requested a postponement of the hearing on the proposal to rezone the property from R-1 (Rural Residential) to C-1 (Local Commercial.)

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for May 2 at 10 a.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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