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Trustees review agreement for annexation of acreage, road

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

The Boston Township Board of Trustees at the June 26 meeting reviewed and registered comments on a proposed agreement with the city of Cuyahoga Falls to annex 600-plus acres of township property along Wetmore Road.

Trustees, in their correspondence to Cuyahoga Falls Law Director Paul Janis, said the annexation agreement should include one additional parcel. They also objected to a provision of the agreement concerning future annexations or mergers. Trustees cited a section of its Joint Economic Development District agreement with Cuyahoga Falls that states the city cannot annex any township lands without consent of the township.

The annexation agreement would allow Cuyahoga Falls to take responsibility for maintenance of Wetmore Road, which is one of three roads trustees sought last year to vacate.

Trustees petitioned Summit County Council in 2012 for permission to vacate portions of Stanford and Oak Hill roads. Council approved vacation of Stanford Road, did not allow vacation of Oak Hill Road and in April tabled the request to vacate Wetmore Road. Oak Hill Road remains closed for safety reasons.

Cash-strapped Boston asked to vacate the roads so it would not have to spend its resources to maintain roads bordered only by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County properties, which do not pay property tax, trustees have said.

Anderson said the acreage slated for annexation is mostly park property that does not produce tax revenue for the township.

Cuyahoga Falls residents protested the vacation of Wetmore Road, and Cuyahoga Falls did snow removal and ice control for the road this past winter under a contract with the township.

In other business, trustees signed documents to place the township’s proposed Joint Economic Activity District with Peninsula Village before Summit County Council. Council approval is required before the issue can be placed on the November ballot, officials said.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be July 10 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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