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Springfield creating new trail

10/17/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — A new walking trail to be established around the Akron-Springfield JEDD Park is being christened the Springfield Community Path.

Township officials made the announcement at the Oct. 10 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting and invited the public to attend the ceremony that will take place tomorrow, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. They are also inviting area residents to work on creating the trail that day.

The JEDD Park is a 25-acre athletic field complex located at 2275 Pickle Road in Springfield and owned by the city of Akron. Township officials said the park gets a lot of people traffic; it has three softball/baseball fields and a soccer field used mostly by youths. The baseball field is the current home of the Springfield Township Athletic League (S.T.A.L.) and the Springfield Spartan High School baseball team.

The park also has a covered pavilion and concessions facility and a maintenance building with indoor restrooms, and the fields host numerous local, regional and national baseball/softball events, according to township officials.

The 6,000-foot trail is being created thanks to a $15,500 grant from Summit County Public Health’s Creating Healthy Communities Program, and with cooperation from the city of Akron, the Springfield Local School District and Aesco Electronics. The trail will wind around the park and onto some of the district’s and business’ property.

Anyone interested in working on the trail is asked to bring gloves, a shovel, rake and a wheelbarrow to help spread limestone. Volunteers should meet at the southeast corner of the Schrop Elementary School parking lot, near the community gardens.

In other business, trustees continued reviewing text amendments to Zoning Department Resolutions, and moved to continue a public hearing for Sections 13, Articles 13.09 and 13.10, for yesterday, Oct. 17. For details on the amendments, visit www.springtwp.com, and click on “Departments” and then “Zoning Department” then “Zoning Resolution.”

Also at the meeting, trustees approved:

  • a revised contract with legal counsel Irving Sugerman, effective Nov. 1, noting a change of workplace, from Goldman & Rosen to Brouse McDowell, continuing with a retainer of $2,500 per month;
  • the purchase of replacement fire-fighting hose sections older than 1987, totaling $4,794;
  • the acceptance of a 2014 High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant of $31,544 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety [See “Springfield Police Department gets grant” on Page 3];
  • a then and now payment of $1,724 from July 18 to W.W. Williams for generator repairs;
  • to assign work orders to ARC Industrial to demolish buildings and accessory structures at 2295 Mingo Trail and 1747 McChesney Road, for $3,000 and $4,500, respectively, both through owner requests, and a work order to Butcher & Son in the amount of $5,710 to demolish a building and accessory structures at 3340 Sanitarium Road, also through an owner request; and
  • to certify an abatement cost of $175 to the Summit County Fiscal Office as a lien on 3165 Mogadore Road.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, a resident questioned trustees about demolitions in the face of the township building itself needing repairs to a section of gutters that are falling off the building.

Road Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer replied the awning was damaged when snow slid off the metal roof and onto the gutters. He added he is in the process of getting quotes to make the necessary repairs.

The next trustees’ meeting will take place Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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