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Blighted Copley property razed; six others to follow

5/23/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Just over a year after applying for a state grant for demolition of blighted properties, seven Copley Township eyesores should be gone before Memorial Day.

Planning Director Matt Springer told the Copley Board of Trustees at the May 15 meeting that one Kibler Road residence already had been demolished and he expected the remaining six condemned properties on Kibler and Copley roads to be demolished by May 24. Springer has been working toward completion of this project since April 2012, when trustees decided to apply for a Moving Ohio Forward grant. Trustees commended Springer for working through myriad roadblocks to complete the project.

Springer noted it took the contractor about an hour to knock down the dwelling and the remainder of the day to haul away the debris.

Trustees also approved what should be the last of the large technology expenditures to outfit the Southwest Summit Communications Center (SWSCOM), a joint effort of Copley and the cities of Norton and Barberton. Trustees approved the purchase of three DVRs, seven new 9-1-1 trunk lines and an air conditioning system to ensure proper operation of dispatch center equipment. The total for the three expenditures, which fall within the $300,000 Local Government Innovation Fund loan, is a little more than $18,000.

Police Chief Michael Mier made a presentation to trustees on a recent fundraiser in which Mier, Sgt. Jack Simone and officer Jeff Newman participated. The Copley officers raised more than $10,000 in sponsorship for their three-day bicycle ride from Reading, Pa., to Washington, D.C., for Law Enforcement United. The charity supports survivors of police officers killed in the line of duty and supports the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website honoring fallen police officers. Mier thanked trustees for allowing him and the others to participate in the three-day, 215-mile ride, which occurred during National Police Week.

Mier told trustees officer Joel Marmet was to be honored May 20 by the city of Fairlawn for his actions in rescuing a woman following a car crash in front of a Fairlawn hotel on Market Street in April. Marmet pulled the woman from the vehicle, which caught fire.

In other action, trustees:

  • approved amending the shared public safety dispatch center agreement with Barberton and Norton regarding collective bargaining;
  • approved a resolution to proclaim May 19-25 as National EMS week;
  • approved a resolution acknowledging May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day and May 12-18 as Police Week in the township;
  • approved Fire Department training;
  • approved a leave of absence through Aug. 31 for contractual firefighter/paramedic John Breehl;
  • approved resignations of Service Department personnel Andy Sattler, who is moving to Montana, and Brenda Gemind, who will move to North Carolina, according to Service Director Mark Mitchell;
  • granted permission for Mitchell to begin the hiring process for a full-time laborer;
  • confirmed the hiring of Karen Greorcic as dispatch manager pending agreement as to the terms of her employment; and
  • agreed to write off $8,825 in uncollectible EMS fees. Fire Chief Michael Benson noted the department collected about $480,000 last year.

The board’s next regular meeting will take place June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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