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Boston still seeking sewer funding

5/16/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Boston Township has hit another dead end in its search for funding to extend sewer service to the Akron-Cleveland Road corridor.

At the May 8 Boston trustees’ meeting, Trustee Gerald Ritch reported he and resident Marty Griffith met with Jobs-Ohio officials who said they couldn’t help the township until it could identify a number of jobs or employers who would locate to the corridor if sewer service was available.

“It’s kind of a chicken and egg thing,” Ritch said, noting the township can’t attract businesses without being able to offer sewer service and it can’t get financing until it has commitments from employers.

Ritch said the township would continue to pursue funding for the project.

Trustees said they are continuing to work with Peninsula and its solicitor to finalize a contract for the proposed Economic Activity District (EAD) within the township. Trustees said they expect to have the contract ready for a public hearing that will take place June 12 at 6 p.m. Trustees said they are waiting for the village solicitor to discuss final details with the township’s consultant.

The EAD will allow the township and the village to split payroll taxes collected from employees of businesses within certain areas of the township, according to township officials. The businesses include Boston Mills Ski Resort, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and Cuyahoga Valley National Park offices. Employees of businesses within the EAD will be subject to a 1 percent income tax if the EAD is approved by voters of each community. Peninsula also will host a public hearing on the issue.

Road Superintendent Tim Tesmer reported the guardrail project for Hines Hill Road has been completed. The project is largely funded by a national parks grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Tesmer said this project would be reimbursed to the township, but other projects funded through the program have been placed on hold since the federal sequester.

Trustees also discussed how to present the township offices on a sign to be erected along state Route 303 in front of Boston Township Hall. The sign being prepared by the Boston Township Hall Committee will feature each tenant of the building, said Trustee Randy Bergdorf.

Trustee Amy Anderson renewed her request to remove an existing sign directing motorists to village landmarks and businesses. That sign is property of the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce.

Anderson said Valley Fire District’s annual pancake breakfast was a success and they had a large turnout for the dedication of the John R. Puchalsky Apparatus Building and the John A. Lahoski Meeting Room at the Dogwood Drive fire station.

Peninsula will celebrate being named one of Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns with a potluck dinner May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Boston Township Hall. Valley residents are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share and their own table service and beverages, Anderson said.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be May 22 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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