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Copley trustees continue township cleanup

6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Copley Township trustees approved the cleanup of three properties at their regular June 19 meeting.

Trustees approved township cleanup of vegetation and/or debris from properties at 1216 Aberth Drive, 189 S. Hametown Road and 864 Wallwood Drive. Trustees said homeowners at those properties did not respond to earlier letters mandating the properties be cleaned up. The costs of any such cleanup are assessed to the property owners through liens recorded on their property tax duplicates.

Planning Director Matt Springer told trustees he has targeted five or six more blighted houses for demolition under the Moving Ohio Forward grant program. He said he expects inspections of the properties to take place soon. Trustee Dale Panovich said she had inspected Kibler Road sites that were among the first round of seven demolitions. The sites, on which contractors demolished structures and then backfilled, graded and seeded the land, looked as though the houses never had been there, she said. Grass already was beginning to grow, she added.

Trustees also approved a resolution authorizing the service department to clear a stormwater drainage ditch on Janwood Drive. Obstructions in the ditch will be removed, and the cost — approximately $1,300 — will be assessed over three years to the property owner.

Service Director Mark Mitchell said another Janwood Drive resident ordered to clear the drainage ditch on his property had done so to Mitchell’s satisfaction.

Trustees approved spending $7,500 to fund a joint study on the benefits of forming a sub-region of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The study, which will be conducted by Storm Water Engineering LLC, is jointly funded by Copley Township and the cities of Norton and Barberton. Trustee Helen Humphrys said the township is interested in abating flooding in the Little Farms area of the township and along Pigeon Creek, Wolf Creek and Schocalog Run.

If approved, an Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Grant could help ensure safety of Service Department employees. Trustees approved applying for the nearly $7,000 grant for lift gates on Service Department vehicles. The material handling equipment was requested by department employees, trustees said. There is a 25 percent match for the grant, trustees said.

Trustees also discussed at length the approval of a licensed fireworks display on Sugar Road. Police Chief Michael Mier said a resident had hired a licensed fireworks display company for an eight-minute display. He told trustees they could prohibit the display through the use of a nuisance noise ordinance. Trustees did not take action to prohibit the display, but agreed the resident must pay for any costs incurred by the police or fire departments in supervision of the exhibition.

In other action, trustees:

  • agreed to donate $100 to the local American Legion post to offset the cost of the Memorial Day wreath;
  • approved requesting the Summit County Engineer’s Office prepare an estimate and replace guardrail on Rothrock Road;
  • declared August Summit Kids Month;
  • approved a $4,780.88 purchase order to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System for payments not made in 2001 for a part-time employee;
  • approved posting proposed amendments to the employee personnel manual allowing reimbursement to employees of certain costs pertaining to cell phone data plans and prohibiting texting while driving;
  • approved no-cost training for Dispatch Manager Karen Gregorcic;
  • noted the Ohio Department of Transportation will repave Copley Road from Mercer Street near Buchtel High School in Akron to the Medina County Line beginning June 24. The project, expected to be complete by Sept. 30, will disrupt traffic in the township, but should not affect the Heritage Day parade in August, trustees said; and
  • discussed setting a special meeting to “hash out” construction supervision for the proposed police station.

The board’s next meeting is set for July 10 at 7 p.m. Trustees canceled the scheduled July 3 meeting and will meet one week and one hour later than usual. The board meets in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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