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Coventry trustees move forward with demolitions

5/16/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Coventry continues to progress with the Moving Ohio Forward Grant Demolition program to demolish blighted structures in the township.

As recommended by Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, the Board of Trustees approved hiring Jim Gangle Excavating, in the amount of $46,855, to conduct demolitions under the grant program, at the May 9 meeting.

The grant program provided Coventry with $15,000 of state funds for the demolition of abandoned and deteriorating homes in the township, Zoning Inspector George Beckham has explained.

The grant program required Coventry to match the state funds, so the township will be using $30,000 to demolish dilapidated structures in the community, he has said.

Last month, the board approved razing the following properties and in the following order: 31 Portage Lakes Drive; 462 Dollar Drive; 3621 Manchester Road; 1617 Chaffin Road; 330 Lemar St.; 3363 Cottage Grove Road; 325 Hyacinth Ave.; 428 Killian Road; 281 Hohman St.; 3555 Portage Point Blvd.; and 3271 Rowena St.

In other business, the board authorized the submittal of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Safety Intervention Grant Application and Fiscal Officer Joni Murgatroyd to execute the agreement retroactive to April 29. This grant has the potential to yield $32,838 toward the purchase of a new Rayco Chipper and a grapple attachment for the township’s Gradall excavator, according to township officials. Murgatroyd said the overall costs for these items would be $49,258.

Additionally, township officials announced Coventry received notification it is being awarded $58,036 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Equipment Grant. The board thus approved creating a fund for the FEMA Equipment Grant.

In addition, the board approved a hot mix bid by Tallmadge Asphalt/Paving Co. Inc. in the amount of $57.25 per ton. This is a $3.25 reduction from last year’s cost per ton, township officials reported.

Also during the meeting, the board agreed to request engineering assistance from Brubaker’s office to help develop drainage improvements inside the Cottage Grove Subdivision, as they relate to the flooding of Killian Road.

The trustees additionally agreed to establish and post a 25-mph speed limit on Proehl Drive, in the R-Home Acres Allotment.

During the meeting, township officials and residents reportedly debated Issue No. 5, the 5.99-mill levy and bond issue for Coventry Local Schools, which voters approved by 413 votes in the May 7 Primary/Special Election. According to township officials, discussion centered around whether it would have more of a positive or negative impact on the township. A discussion also took place concerning a petition to eliminate open enrollment, which allows tax money to follow a student to a district other than his or her own.

The next regular Coventry trustees’ meeting is set for June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 68 Portage Lakes Drive.

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