South Side News & Notes
2014 Reappraisals beginning in Green
GREEN — Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise announced the review phase of the state-mandated 2014 reappraisals will begin in Green June 17.
According to Scalise, field staff will evaluate residential parcels through the city between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Staff members doing the work will have identification badges, wear yellow vests and have official business placards on their private vehicles stating they are from the Summit County Fiscal Office. No field checks will take place after 4 p.m.
The project will continue throughout Summit County, and the review phase of the 2014 reappraisals are expected to last through the summer.
Residents who have concerns or questions may call 330-643-2636.
IBH Foundation starts new ACF fund
COVENTRY — The Interval Brotherhood Homes (IBH) Foundation’s Board of Directors established a $12 million charitable fund at the Akron Community Foundation (ACF), making it the largest gift in the ACF’s 58-year history, according to ACF officials.
The IBH Foundation Fund will be used primarily to maintain and improve facilities at the IBH Addiction Recovery Center, a 10-building, 154-acre treatment center in Coventry, officials added.
“While IBH needs money to provide treatment, the IBH Foundation needs money to subsidize the infrastructure and provide supplemental services necessary for long-term recovery,” said IBH Foundation Board Chairman Tim Killian. “It’s more than treatment. It’s about being there for the long-term and creating a permanent lifeline and support system. This partnership with Akron Community Foundation means we will be providing this support in our community forever.”
The fund is one of more than 70 agency funds started at ACF by nonprofits seeking a predictable source of income for their organization, according to its officials.
“As a community foundation, we are uniquely positioned to be an impartial and prudent steward of a nonprofit organization’s funds,” said ACF President and CEO John Petures Jr. “We offer them the peace of mind that their assets are managed responsibly and the assurance that their donors’ gifts are used for the purpose they intended, not just now but forever.”
The IBH Foundation Fund’s establishing gift more than doubles the ACF’s previous record gift of $5 million, which came this past February from Medical Mutual of Ohio to start the Medical Mutual Community Investment Fund, according to ACF officials.
Killian encourages people to give to the IBH Foundation Fund in honor of a friend or loved one. Gifts can be made online at www.akroncf.org/give/IBHFoundationFund or by calling 330-376-8522.
For more information about IBH, visit www.ibh.org or call 330-644-4095.
Bike-N-Brainstorm event in Green planned
GREEN — The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) will hosts its second Bike-N-Brainstorm of the 2013 season in Green June 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the C-1 parking lot of Nimisila Reservoir, 5056 Christman Road.
According to AMATS officials, the city of Green and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are partnering in this event, which the agency uses to gain public insight as to what should be done to improve biking in the Greater Akron area.
A Bike-N-Brainstorm event begins with cyclists meeting at a designated area before embarking on a group bike ride along key corridors to experience firsthand what it’s like to bike there, according to AMATS officials. At the end of their ride, group members are invited to participate in a brainstorming session with agency personnel to share their ideas as to what can be done to improve bike travel within the corridor.
For the Green event, two routes will be offered — an 8.2-mile route for adults around the city and a 3.3-mile route along Christman Road for families. Short breaks are scheduled to highlight diverse riding conditions and potential improvements, according to AMATS officials.
“The feedback that we receive following these rides is incredible and helps our agency and local communities immensely in planning and prioritizing bike infrastructure improvements,” said Krista Beniston, AMATS planning coordinator. “In April, AMATS participated in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Midwest Regional Bicycle Safety Summit in Minneapolis and our Bike-N-Brainstorms were hailed as a best practice by federal officials.”
To join the ride in Green, register by visiting www.cityofgreen.org and clicking on “Bike-N-Brainstorm” under “Important Alerts.”
For additional information, call AMATS at 330-375-2436 or visit switching-gears.org.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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