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10/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

City of Akron opening two computer-assisted health care sign-up sites

AKRON — As of Oct. 15, the city of Akron has opened two computer-assisted Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care sign-up sites for citizens who do not have computer access or who need help electronically signing up for health care.

The Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St. in West Akron, and Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St. in South Akron, will be open each Tuesday and Thursday (until further notice) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. Certified application counselors from Summit County Public Health will be at each site to assist residents and to answer any questions.

“The Affordable Care Act can help many of our residents, but only if they sign up,” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. “It is important that our residents get all the assistance they need to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. I am thankful to County Executive Russ Pry and the Summit County Public Health Department for partnering with us to help our citizens.”

The city also has information on the new ACA and the Health Insurance Marketplace on its website, www.akronohio.gov. From the city’s homepage, residents can access the national website, www.HealthCare.gov, or Summit County Public Health to obtain online applications. Residents also can call 800-318-2596 to reach the 24-hour, seven-days-a-week national call center where trained customer service representatives will answer all questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace in 150 languages, according to city officials.

The city also is providing a short-form paper application to residents. Those are available at all city of Akron recreation centers and in the lobby of the Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. in Downtown Akron.


NEORSD storm water fee suspended

CLEVELAND — Residents who had been paying fees to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) will not be paying them now that a judge has ruled against the district.

In the case Northeast Ohio Regional Storm District v. Bath Township, et al, the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals ruled against NEORSD. In the Sept. 26 ruling, judges said the district does not have the authority to collect fees from residents to fund its storm water projects.

Sewer district officials said they plan to appeal the decision to the Ohio Supreme Court, but in the meantime the fees will be suspended.

In the West Side Leader’s coverage area, some Richfield village and township residents and a very small portion of Bath Township residents are assessed the fee.

According to the NEORSD website, residents who have a current bill with the charges on it could deduct the charges when paying. For those who have already paid the fee, the funds would be held in escrow until the final outcome of the case, according to NEORSD officials.

NEORSD officials said the district began to implement the Regional Stormwater Management Program in January after a judge ruled in 2012 that it had the authority to implement such a plan. The program was to address flooding, streambank erosion and water quality issues in much of Northeast Ohio.

The sewer district is a political subdivision of the state that was established by a court order in 1972 to convey and treat wastewater in Cleveland and surrounding communities.

NEORSD officials said updates, links and information will be shared on the @neorsd Twitter account, its Facebook page, the NEORSD blog and neorsd.org/stormwater. Additional information is available by calling the customer service department at 216-881-8247.


Fire training in Norton will close Cleveland-Massillon Road

NORTON — The Norton Fire Division will conduct live fire training Oct. 19. The training will begin at 7 a.m. and should be completed by 1 p.m., according to fire officials.

The drill will take place on South Cleveland-Massillon Road north of the library. Cleveland-Massillon Road will be closed during this time.

The southbound detour will be west on Shellhart Road to Easton Road to Greenwich Road and returning back to Cleveland-Massillon Road. The northbound detour will be west on Greenwich Road to Easton Road to Wadsworth Road and returning back to Cleveland-Massillon Road.

For more information, contact Fire Chief Mike Schultz at 330-825-3086 or at chiefschultz@cityofnorton.org.


Two events for veterans upcoming in West Akron

WEST AKRON — A Veterans Benefits Update Session with a question-and-answer period will take place Oct. 27 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Resnik Community Learning Center, 65 N. Meadowcroft Drive.

This session is free and open to the public. David Burden, project manager for the Veterans Service Commission of Summit County, will be the guest speaker. He will present current available benefits for veterans and their families.

In addition, veterans may get their Veteran Identification Card Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cascade Community Development Inc., 2360 Copley Road, Suite No. 6. Veterans should bring a Veterans DD214 and two other forms of identification, one of which must contain a photo: an original or certified birth certificate, an identification card issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, a license or permit to carry a concealed weapon issued by the state or any other state, a motor vehicle operator’s license issued by Ohio or any other state that bears a photograph of the individual identified or a valid passport that bears a photograph of the individual to whom the passport was issued. 

The fee for a veteran ID card is $1. A Summit County Fiscal Office staff employee will input data and issue the card in five to 10 minutes, according to Cascade Community Development officials.

For details on either event, call 234-788-1136.


Human Services breakfast discussion planned

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The next Making a Difference Human Services Forum will take place Oct. 25 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street.

The Summit County Social Services Advisory Board event will be from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. and include breakfast and a panel discussion on “A Network of Safety — Partners You Don’t Know, Partners You Don’t Expect.” Panelists will include Capt. Sylvia Trundle, of the Akron Police Department; Dr. Michael Holder, vice president of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron; and Kenneth Werstak Jr., of the FBI in Cleveland.

Reservations are $20 for individuals or $160 for a table for eight. The deadline is Oct. 21. Online registration is available at www.eventbrite.com/event/8480249655/es2/?rank=1 or download the attachment for mail-in registration. Mail registration and check payable to Summit County Department of Job and Family Services, Attention: Mary Dixon, 47 N. Main St., Akron, OH 44308-1991.

For more information, call 330-643-7020.


Dorothy O. Jackson Society presents ‘The Power of Giving’

WEST AKRON — United Way of Summit County’s Dorothy O. Jackson Society (DOJS) will host “The Power of Giving” dinner Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at President’s Hall at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.

The DOJS was established to recognize the generosity of the minority community in Summit County and encourage the involvement of minorities in United Way.

The Power of Giving event will offer a look at how philanthropy impacts minorities in the community and the origins of the DOJS. Jim Crutchfield, former president and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and founder of the DOJS, will be the evening’s keynote speaker and honoree. The organization also will celebrate namesake Dorothy O. Jackson, on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

Ticket are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight and can be purchased at www.dojsthepowerofgiving.eventbrite.com.

For details on “The Power of Giving,” contact Margaret Palisin at 330-643-5514 or mpalisin@uwsummit.org.


Family Promise leasing new center

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Family Promise of Summit County has negotiated a lease for a new Family Promise Day Center located at 111 Voris Ave., west of the intersection of Wolf Ledges and Voris.

The annual meeting and dinner will take place Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new site.

According to the organization, the site was selected for several reasons. First, it offers families and their children 43 schools; federal, state and local government agencies; child care centers; employment/staffing centers; food, health care and housing services; the METRO Transit Station; and social service agencies within a walkable 1-mile radius of the location.

Second, the Summit County Continuum of Care Initiative has begun a “one-stop” initiative for homeless individuals in Summit County. At this site, The Louis Stokes Homeless Veterans Resource Center is open to serve homeless veterans, and Community Support Services plans a homeless drop-in center for nonveteran individuals. Family Promise serves homeless families with children, so the one-stop site will be rounded out to serve homeless veterans, individuals and families with children.

Third, the site has assets that allow for the development of revenue-generating activity to help cover the costs of operations, according to Family Promise officials.

Family Promise officials also negotiated a commitment to allow them to use a lesser amount of square footage, thereby making the transition in three phases so as to not over-commit resources. The first year of rent will be free, and Family Promise will pay for utilities. Family Promise officials say that the final lease will include exit clauses so that the nonprofit can remain flexible.

The site is handicap accessible and has available parking.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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