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Richfield trustees learn results of dog park survey

8/29/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Revere High School juniors Kate Hudak and Cartier Jankura, daughter of Trustee Janet Jankura, appeared at the Aug. 22 Richfield Township Board of Trustees meeting to share the results of their survey on a proposed dog park at Rising Valley Park.

According to the two students, 76 percent of the respondents said they owned a dog, 68 percent said they would use a dog park and 71 percent would agree with the township spending between $13,000 and $19,000 on a dog park.

The last question on the survey was “Where do you live?” The answers were split between Richfield Village (38 percent), Richfield Township (34 percent) and other communities (26 percent).

Since the township would pay for a dog park, trustees asked the girls to separate the Richfield Township residents’ surveys and see how that group feels about paying for the park.

The volunteers conducted the survey online through Survey Monkey and also distributed paper copies during Community Days, gathering a total of 384 responses, they said.

“It would be something simple, just a fenced area. It doesn’t have to be too fancy,” Cartier Jankura said.

Hudak said the Herschel Hunt Fund contains almost $100,000 that can only be spent on improvements to Rising Valley Park.

In other news:

  • Township officials have been gathering quotes for a new outfield fence at Rising Valley Park. Trustee David Wyatt said the new fence will probably be installed in the spring.
  • The trustees approved the expense of $3,960 to Gledhill Road Machinery to repair one of the township’s snowplows. A new one would have cost $7,222, and both options carried a 10-year guarantee.
  • The trustees also approved an additional $1,400 to Al Diligente Construction for curb repairs on Robert Burns Drive. They had approved $1,800 two weeks earlier.
  • Janet Jankura said she attended a meeting of the Richfield Village Park Board Aug. 19. She talked about the township’s desire to be involved in the Park Board’s survey about a new Richfield recreation center.
    “They said they were so far down the road with the survey, with many questions involving funding [by the village],” she said. “They didn’t want to modify the survey drastically to include Richfield Village and Richfield Township.”
    She also talked about the possibility of township officials using iPads or other tablet computers for township business. She brought quotes from AT&T and Best Buy.
    “The only equipment we use is a desktop computer here in the office, but we don’t always come into the office to conduct township business,” she said.
    Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore said, “We only have two meetings a month. I don’t see the need for it.”
    Wyatt suggested the use of a smartphone.
  • Boston Road residents Timothy and Kathleen Davian complained again about their neighbors allegedly operating businesses in a residential zone. They also said their past complaints have angered at least one of their neighbors.
    “It’s getting out of hand,” said Kathleen Davian. “You have to step in and do something. I thought the photographs we brought in were clear as to what is going on. I don’t think it’s fair that after 10 years I still have to talk about this.”
    “They have saws running at 6:30 or 7 in the morning,” added Timothy Davian.
    The trustees said they would try to schedule an executive session on the issue at the Sept. 5 meeting and would try to get someone from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office to attend.
  • Blake Beachler, an attorney with Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, also appeared at the meeting. He helped the trustees with the language of a resolution they passed to begin the process of soliciting bank bids to finance a new township office building.
    The new building would be located at the service garage site on Boston Mills Road.
    The trustees also decided to stay in their current building while the new office space is constructed, rather than renting a trailer on the Boston Mills site, which is an option township officials explored.
    Administrative Assistant Debbie Bluso Rogers reported that staying at the current site would cost $10,800 for the next nine months, while the trailer option would cost $9,902.

The next Richfield Township trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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