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Richfield trustees consider options for administration offices

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The Richfield Township Board of Trustees talked about alternative options to remaining in the township’s current office location at the June 6 meeting.

The township administration offices are located in a village-owned house on West Streetsboro Road behind the fire station. With the 10-year free-rent period set to expire in the summer, the village has proposed allowing the township to stay in the building for a rental amount of $1,200 per month.

Administrative assistant Debbie Bluso Rogers contacted some modular home companies about placing an office space on the current site of the Service Department’s facility at 3038 Boston Mills Road.

Trustee David Wyatt said the proposed $1,200 rent amount was “a little high.”

“This is a house, not a commercial building,” he said. “We have no gas and no city water. We have a well.”

Trustee Janet Jankura said another option would be to expand the current Service Department building instead of moving into a new building.

“It would make sense for energy efficiency to have all the township workers in one place,” Wyatt said.

Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore said the trustees are waiting to hear from the village and would give the public the opportunity to make comments before possibly making a decision at the beginning of July.

In other news:

  • Trustees passed a resolution to team up with Summit County, Richfield Village and Hinckley Township to seek an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for the repair of Hawkins Road.
  • Police Chief Keith Morgan said his department has been looking into complaints of a business allegedly being run in an agricultural zone. Sgt. Chris Fyffe has been working on the case with Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney, the chief said.
  • Fire Chief Jason Mihalek said his department finished fire safety training with children from Hillcrest and St. Peregrine’s elementary schools.
    Mihalek also said his department worked with six other local squads on a mass casualty drill in the center of town with 12 people portraying victims with serious injuries.
    “The drill went very well,” he said. “The next step is to do a drill at the high school.”
  • Pinney said a public hearing will take place on the proposed rezoning of the southeast corner of Broadview and Boston road from R-1 (Rural Residential) to C-1 (Local Commercial). The hearing will take place June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices, just before the regular trustees meeting.
    Also, Pinney said the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has been busy with proposals from FedEx regarding the expansion of its home delivery business and parking lot.
    “Residents have been concerned about the noise and traffic, which is why the BZA meetings have gone so late, but FedEx has responded to the residents’ needs,” she said.
  • Township Administrator Linda Bowmer said tree limbs have been growing near the playground at Rising Valley Park, creating an unsafe condition. She got a quote for the removal of four trees, as well as limb cleanup on two other trees.
  • Gilmore said Summit County and Ronyak Brothers Paving did an “excellent job” on the resurfacing of Black Road.
    Gilmore also said the township road crew recently replaced a culvert on Scobie Road.
  • Bowmer reported the township received a grant for $1,934 from ReWorks to fund the township’s recycling efforts.
    Gilmore added the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, 1201 Graham Road in Stow, is now open Thursdays from 2 to 8 p.m. through September.

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for June 20 after the 6:30 p.m. public hearing at the township offices.

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