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Trustees learn of county ballot issues

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The Richfield Township Board of Trustees listened to a pair of presentations in support of upcoming ballot issues at the Sept. 19 meeting.

Jerry Craig, executive director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, talked to the trustees about Issue No. 1, which will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Issue No. 1 is a 2.95-mill renewal levy that would cost $7.50 per month for the owner of a $100,000 home, according to Craig.

Craig said passage of Issue No. 1 would help train law enforcement to identify the signs of mental illness.

“We want to identify these people instead of criminalize them to help them get treatment,” he said. “When you have a strong, robust system of support in the face of opiate and heroin addictions, you can make some of the terrible shootings that we’ve seen to be less likely.”

[For more information on Issue No. 1, see related story on Page 1.]

Akron Zoo Education Coordinator Shelley Orloski spoke about the zoo’s renewal levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. The 0.8-mill levy, Issue No. 3, would cost approximately $2 per month for the owner of a $100,000 home, if passed.

“We’ve done everything we said we would do when we asked for this levy the last time, and more,” she said. “We have more animals and exhibits, including Grizzly Ridge.”

The Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit area opened this summer. It features grizzly bears, coyotes and red foxes. Also, children can go down a clear slide that runs through the otter tank.

Orloski said that since its first levy passed in 2000, the zoo has grown from 33 to 56 exhibits. [For details on Issue No. 3, see “Akron Zoo seeking levy approval” in the Sept. 12, 2013, edition, or visit our archives at www.akron.com.]

In other news:

  • Trustees passed a resolution supporting the efforts of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and the Friends of Crowell/Hilaka to purchase the 350-acre camp from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.
  • Township Administrator Linda Bowmer said the Service Department had 13 applicants for its open position. She said the township will continue its search until Oct. 9.
    Bowmer also said she has received information from the Ohio Department of Transportation stating it would be trimming trees on Streetsboro Road from Black Road west to the county line. She said lane restrictions would be in place during the process.
    Also, Bowmer said the township sent Richfield Village some ideas for changes to the lease proposal for the township office building behind the fire station.
  • Richfield residents can get flu shots Oct. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the fire station through Summit County Public Health. Medical Mutual covers the shots, which otherwise cost $15, Bowmer said.
  • Larry Fulton, of the Summit Country Engineer’s Office, continued discussions with the trustees about the township sharing the county salt dome. He said the county also could arrange for the township vehicles to use a debit card to purchase fuel at the site.
    Fulton also said the Summit County Engineer’s Office has been collaborating with municipalities on road improvement bids.
    “Bidding in larger quantities saves money,” he said.
  • The trustees approved the purchase of a Microsoft tablet with accessories for use by township officials. The cost is $642.
  • Joel Levis, of the architectural firm GPD Group, appeared to discuss the concept drawings of the new township administration building, which is proposed to be built next to the service garage on Boston Mills Road. The trustees approved the concept drawings, which will allow GPD to move forward in more detail.

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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