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Bath officially adopts stream names

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Bath Township Board of Trustees has officially adopted names for all 19 streams in the township.

Trustees, at the July 1 meeting, approved a resolution officially naming the streams. The action was the culmination of more than three years of work by the Friends of Yellow Creek.

The stream naming project was conceived during a Friends of Yellow Creek meeting in 2010, trustees were told at an earlier meeting. Research on the project was begun by township resident Ron Czerski, who died in October 2011.

Of the 19 streams identified, only two — Yellow Creek and North Fork — are officially named by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Members of the group researched historical names of those streams, reviewing maps, searching historical records and requesting information about existing stream names, the resolution stated.

The resolution will be forwarded to the USGS with a request to include the streams and their names on USGS maps. The resolution also requests the Summit County Engineer’s Office to provide signs with stream names at stream crossings and bridges.

Stream names include: Idle Brook; Yellow, Park, North Fork Yellow, Hostetler, West Fork Yellow, Ira West, South Hershey and Bath creeks; and Waupaca, Revere, Sourek, North Revere, Hale, East Furnace, Merrill and Tippy runs.

Trustees also made appointments to several boards and commissions.

Zoning Commission appointments included Maryellen Burnham, first alternate, with a term ending July 1, 2015; Melanie Baker, second alternate, with a term ending July 1, 2014; and Nancy Fay, member, with a five-year term ending July 1, 2018.

Appearance Review Commission appointments included Monica Bunner, second alternate, with a term ending July 1, 2014; Curtis Smock, first alternate, with a term ending July 1, 2015; and Bill Healy, member, with a five-year term ending July 1, 2018.

Board of Zoning Appeals appointments included Leslie Kreeger, second alternate, with a term ending in 2015; and Michael Mack, member, with a term ending in 2018. Other appointments included Julie Nitzsche to the Trustees Advisory Council, Greg Chandler to the Friends of Yellow Creek Committee and Kevin Cannon to the Heritage Corridors of Bath.

In other action, the board:

  • approved routine fund-to-fund transfers and amended the 2013 certificate of resources and permanent appropriations to reflect receipt of grants;
  • amended the organizational resolution to change the assistant fire chief’s pay to a bi-weekly schedule;
  • approved re-enrollment in the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program through Frank Gates Service Co. and the Ohio Township Association at a cost of $4,950. Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli said participating in the group rating program saves the township more than $26,000 per year over individual premiums;
  • accepted the resignation of substitute contractual part-time firefighter Anthony Hyatt;
  • reassigned firefighter/paramedic John Paul Paxton from substitute contractual part-time to part-paid volunteer firefighter, allowing the department to schedule him at both fire stations; and
  • approved payment of requisitions and purchase orders totaling $152,070.

Upcoming events include:

√ Bath Fire Department Horse Show July 6-7 at the fire department training ground at the corner of Everett and North Revere roads, across from Revere High School. General admission for the event is $5, senior tickets are $3 and tickets for children younger than 5 are free. Family passes are $15. This is the 69th year for the event;

√ Community Day at Bath Community Activity Center and Community Day Parade Aug. 3. The parade begins at 11 a.m.; and

√ Fall into Nature, Bath Nature Preserve, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The board’s next regular meeting will be July 15 at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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