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Copley trustees hear from flooding victims

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Copley Township Board of Trustees was deluged by complaints from residents whose homes were flooded following severe storms July 10.

Trustees, at the July 15 meeting, heard from residents of Sunnyacres Road, which experienced flooding for the second time in two years, said Trustee Helen Humphrys. Some residents lost “everything” in their homes and one resident reported losing a vehicle, Humphrys said. In all, the township has a list of 37 residents who experienced damage and loss from the flooding, she said. Trustees encouraged the residents to register with the Emergency Management Agency for flood aid.

Summit County Ditch No. 38 contributed to the flooding, Humphrys said. She added the county worked on the ditch area following the earlier flooding, but it didn’t help. Humphrys said some residents’ rain gauges measured 5 to 6 inches of rain July 10.

The trustees approved a resolution asking the Summit County Engineer’s Office to clean the ditch as an emergency measure for the health, safety and welfare of Copley residents, Humphrys said.

In addition, trustees will seek an opinion from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office on whether the township can enter private property to clear drainage ditches in an effort to protect life and property. State law currently prohibits townships from clearing ditches on private property, Humphrys said.

Trustees have arranged for large trash receptacles to be placed throughout the township for use by residents who need to dispose of trash and debris from the flood, Humphrys said. The receptacles will be placed in the Sunny Acres, Cliffside and Little Farms areas.

The township is providing information and forms for residents at www.copley.oh.us. Information from Summit County Public Health on cleaning up after a flood and application forms for property valuation deduction for destroyed or damaged real property also are available. For assistance with flood damage, residents are asked to call the Copley Police Department’s nonemergency number at 330-666-4218.

In other action, trustees:

  • adopted the 2014 tax budget;
  • granted a one-year leave of absence to firefighter/paramedic Anthony Hyatt;
  • agreed to enter into an updated business associate agreement with NEW Administration to ensure compliance with health care privacy rules;
  • renewed the contract of part-time youth worker Marcie Mason with no changes to the terms of the contract;
  • acknowledged Jason Chisar has successfully completed a one-year probationary period;
  • granted permission to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to use the police station and the Copley Community Center for training July 23-25;
  • set Aug. 7 for public hearings on zoning resolution articles and a zoning map amendment;
  • approved a change order for the township asphalt paving program to include installation of a perforated pipe in a road base on Wedgewood Drive; and
  • issued a $9,933 purchase order to Montrose Collision Center for repairs to a 2008 Ford Expedition damaged by high water while responding to a call.

Trustees canceled the July 17 meeting. The board will have a special meeting July 31 at 6 p.m. to discuss construction of a new police station. The next regular trustees’ meeting will be Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. The board meets in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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