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Boston irons out JEDD contract

5/30/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Boston Township trustees are ironing out final details of a proposed contract with Peninsula Village to create a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD).

Boston trustees reviewed the proposed contract at the May 22 meeting in preparation for an upcoming public hearing on the issue.

The public hearing, scheduled for June 12 at 6 p.m., will seek input on the creation of an Economic Activity District (EAD) that will allow the township and the village to collect and split payroll taxes from employees of businesses operating within certain areas of the township.

The businesses include Boston Mills Ski Resort, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the 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.

Voters in both communities must approve the proposal. Officials expect the issue to appear on the November ballot.

Also during the meeting, Trustee Randy Bergdorf told the board the Boston Township Hall Committee expects to replace the roof on the “schoolhouse” portion of the township hall this summer. The project to replace the roof with slate is expected to cost just more than $87,000, Bergdorf said. The committee has been raising funds for the new roof for about two years, Bergdorf added.

In other business:

  • Trustee Amy Anderson reported the Valley Fire District still is waiting for a decision from Boston Heights regarding a possible contract to provide Boston Heights with fire protection, EMS services or both.
  • Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon told trustees the township will receive a new computer through the state auditor’s Uniform Accounting Network program, allowing her to pass the computer currently in use by the fiscal office to the Road Department.
  • Trustee Gerald Ritch reported he continues to work with the Summit County Department of Environmental Services on a plan to bring sewer and water service to the Akron-Cleveland Road corridor. He said Cuyahoga Falls officials are talking with owners of property fronting Seasons Road about access to sewer service and the assessments that would be required. Cuyahoga Falls is a partner with Boston in a JEDD formed to bring businesses to the Akron-Cleveland Road corridor.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be June 12 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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