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Boston trustees keeping Wetmore Road part of township

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

During the Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 28, trustees unanimously agreed to keep Wetmore Road open and a part of the township, an issue that has been discussed since spring of this year.

Originally, trustees wanted the 600 acres of land along Wetmore Road to be annexed by Cuyahoga Falls so the township would no longer have to pay for the maintenance and repair of the road.

Most of the land was part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, which are government-owned parcels exempt from property taxes, trustees have said. Concerns arose when trustees were informed that by having this land annexed, they also would have to give up land currently being used as a working farm and which is included in the township’s proposed Joint Economic Activity District (JEAD) with Peninsula Village on the ballot this November.

If approved by voters, the JEAD would allow Boston and Peninsula to collect tax dollars from this land.

“Even in the worst year, the most we would spend maintaining Wetmore Road would be about $4,000,” said Trustee Amy Anderson. “I think the potential income far outweighs this cost.”

Trustees will now ask Summit County Council to remove the annexation request from consideration.

In other business, trustees:

  • welcomed Joseph Varga, who was hired as the new police chief for Peninsula Aug. 27. Varga, a retired Boston Heights police chief, started in his new full-time position Aug. 28, according to Mayor Doug Mayer. [See related story on Page 4.]
    Trustees hope that with this new addition to the police force, schedules will no longer be neglected and all shifts will be fully staffed. There have been recent reports of some shifts not being covered at all, a breach of contract, trustees have said;
  • were informed the Valley Fire District contract with Boston Heights for a 24-hour emergency department has been signed. The new system will be put into place at the end of September, according to trustees [see related story on Page 1]; and
  • were reminded about the candidate meet-and-greet event to be held at the library Oct. 24.

The next regular Boston trustees’ meeting will be Sept. 11 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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