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New Franklin rezones lakefront properties

4/25/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — Seven months after the legislation was introduced, New Franklin City Council adopted an ordinance to change the classification of 105 parcels of property located along the south end of Turkeyfoot Lake from R-3 (High Density Residential) to R-L (Lakefront Residential).

Council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance after a public hearing on the matter April 17.

During the public hearing, Zoning and Grants Coordinator Mark Kochheiser explained the request was needed to bring the properties into conformity with similar ones. He also said the properties were omitted from the designation when the community changed from a township to a village to a city in 2004.

The new designation changes the lakeside area of the properties from backyards to front yards. There were no comments made during the public hearing. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to make a positive recommendation to Council regarding the request Feb. 7.

Also during the meeting, Council approved a resolution to transfer $30,000 from the General Fund to the Dispatch Fund and a resolution to award a bid to Superior Paving and Materials for the South Cleveland-Massillon Road resurfacing project.

In other business, a resident of Lawrence Township reported she and about a dozen others outside of New Franklin are getting mail readdressed as “New Franklin” instead of their own communities. She also said it was a safety issue due to the delay in dispatching.

City officials said they are talking to officials from the U.S. Postal Service to correct the problem.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Al Bollas invited residents to become members of Friends of the Tudor House. The organization was recently created to serve as a fundraising mechanism to support the maintenance of the Tudor House, a 20-room brick mansion sitting on almost 6 acres of lakefront property. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The Tudor House is rented out for weddings and receptions, and community events are held at the facility.

Bollas said plans for the facility include building a pavilion on the property and making grounds improvements.

Friends of the Tudor House memberships range from $25 to $1,000, with each offering a number of perks. For details, visit www.newfranklin.org and click on the “Are you Friends of the Tudor House?” icon.

Bollas also announced the Fire Department will have a practice burn at 857 Center Road May 4, involving 10 fire departments, which could cause some traffic disruptions.

The next New Franklin Council meeting will take place May 1 starting at 6 p.m. with committee meetings and followed by the regular meeting at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

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