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7/18/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Severe storms drench Akron area

A 1.1-mile section of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County’s Bike and Hike Trail in Akron was closed indefinitely due to a serious washout, caused when the Cuyahoga River crested the trail, according to Metro Parks officials. Shown at left is the trail under the North Portage Path bridge in Merriman Valley.
Photo: Ken Crisafi
SUMMIT COUNTY — Severe storms that moved through Northeast Ohio July 10 produced flooding rain and tornadoes and claimed the life of an Akron boy. The worst hit areas in Summit County included Barberton, Copley, Coventry and Springfield, according to the Summit County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), just more than 2 inches of rain fell at the Akron-Canton Airport July 10, bringing the July rainfall total to nearly 5 inches, more than 3-1/2 inches above normal. Akron city officials estimated 3 to 4 inches of rain fell in the city July 10.

While southern Summit County was included in a tornado warning during the afternoon, the NWS confirmed four tornadoes in Ohio, none of which were in the local area. Tornadoes were confirmed in Sandusky County, in Mineral City, near Ashland and in Seneca and Huron counties, as well as in eastern Pennsylvania.

The July 10 rains came after many days of heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding throughout the area, according to the NWS. In Northwest Akron, a 12-year-old boy, who was autistic, ventured into high water in Mud Brook near the Timber Top apartment complex and died, according to law enforcement and Akron Fire Department officials.

The Akron Fire Department Water Rescue Team, along with the assistance of the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department Water Rescue Team, found the boy’s remains around 11:30 a.m. July 14 in Mud Brook. He was identified as Nicholas Shaffer.

On July 17, Summit County Executive Russell Pry announced he had declared a state of emergency due to the extensive flooding.

“This declaration allows the Emergency Management Association (EMA) to continue to gather information that will be used in the event we are eligible for assistance,” said Summit County EMA Administrator Valerie De Rose.

County officials added the declaration does not guarantee that any emergency funds will come from the state or federal government, but it is a first step in the eligibility process. Affected areas are being reviewed and the information will be provided to the Ohio EMA.

Tax relief available

Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise released a statement reminding residents that real estate tax relief is available to property owners who have sustained damage in the wake of the recent storms.

Scalise’s office is providing property owners with the ability to file an Application for Valuation Deduction for Destroyed or Damaged Property (Form DTE 26), pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code.

Form DTE 26 can be downloaded from fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/dam aged-property. Mail the completed form to the Fiscal Office at 175 S. Main St., Room 304, Akron, OH 44308. To request that a form be mailed to you, call 330-643-2704.

The amount of the deduction equals a percentage of the reduction in value caused by the damage. That percentage is determined by the calendar quarter in which the damage occurred; the reduction will be 50 percent in value of the destroyed portion.

For property damaged by the July storms, the filing deadline is Dec. 31. Any deduction will affect tax bills mailed in January, according to Scalise.



Green Historical Society honoring War of 1812 soldiers

GREEN — The Green Historical Society is planning a ceremony to honor the soldiers of the War of 1812 buried in Green. The ceremony will take place Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Green Veterans Memorial Park, 1900 Steese Road.

The Historical Society is seeking relatives of the following soldiers of the War of 1812 that are buried in Green cemeteries: Andrew Kepler, John Smith, Henry Swartz, John Thornton and Henry Warner.

Descendants or anyone with information about these men are asked to contact Ted Dudra at 330-896-9063, Janet St. John at 330-896-2061 or Amy Nichols at 330 896-8902 to be included in the program.



ODOT issues advisories, hosting public meeting

SOUTH SUMMIT — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has issued the following traffic advisories:

Coventry

√ Robinson Avenue east of Manchester Road is now open. Robinson Avenue west of Manchester Road is now closed through late July. The detour is Manchester Road to State Road.

√ Rood Drive is closed at the intersection of Manchester Road for roadway repairs through early August. The detour is Garson Drive to Greer Road.

√ Manchester Road from just south of Proehl Avenue to just north of Cormany Road is reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction through late October for roadway widening. This work is part of a $7.9 million project to widen the road to five lanes from just south of Cormany Road to Proehl Avenue. The project also includes widening/improvements at the Robinson Avenue intersection. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by August 2014.

Green

√ Beginning July 15, state Route 619 between Mayfair Road and Kreighbaum Road will be closed through late August for a bridge replacement. The detour will be Massillon Road to U.S. 224 to Canton Road.

√ State Route 619 between South Turkeyfoot Road and the Stark County line has various lane restrictions for resurfacing. This work is the beginning of a $1.6 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by September.

In addition, ODOT and the city of Akron are proposing to improve the Interstate 76/77 interchange for South Main and South Broadway streets and the roadway network near the interchange.

A public involvement meeting will take place July 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Leggett Community Learning Center, 333 E. Thornton St. in Akron. Attendees may arrive anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. The meeting format includes two brief project overview presentations at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Following each presentation, individuals will have the opportunity to speak during an open microphone public comment period. Throughout the open house, personnel from ODOT, the city of Akron and URS Corp., the project consultant, will be available to answer questions.

To view the project information and summary of public comments received and responses to comments, go to www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/d04 and select “Public Meetings in District 4” under the “Services” heading.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting may review copies of meeting materials at ODOT District 4, 2088 S. Arlington Road in South Akron.



Akron Rotary Camp receives grant

NEW FRANKLIN — Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs has received a Community Development Block Grant award of $114,000 from the Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development.

According to camp officials, the funds from the grant will support 40 staff positions at the camp during the 2013 summer session and create 28 full-time-equivalent jobs — furthering the ability of the Akron Rotary Camp to serve children and families with a memorable summer camp experience.

Founded in 1924 and an independent 501(c)(3) organization, the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, in cooperation with the Akron Area YMCA, offers children and adults with special needs the chance to experience all the friendship, fun and excitement of camp in a safe and natural setting, according to camp officials. Summer day and overnight camp programs provide campers opportunities to participate in activities that help build self-esteem, physical endurance and lifelong skills.

This year, the Akron Rotary Camp will serve an estimated 1,350 low- to moderate-income individuals and families, according to camp officials. Staff and volunteers provide many hours of additional service to the American Camp Association-accredited camp, making the ratio of counselors to campers three to one.

Camp began June 17 and will continue through the end of August. For more information on the Akron Rotary Camp, contact Director Dan Reynolds at 330-644-4152 or visit gotcamp.org.



Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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