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11/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Investigation continues into containers found on Ira Road

On Oct. 30, 12 large and 30 smaller containers, shown above, were found on Ira Road between Akron-Peninsula Road and Riverview Road.
Photos courtesy of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Officials are asking local residents who may have seen the unloading of more than 40 containers, some with potentially hazardous chemicals, along a stretch of Ira Road to call authorities as the investigation continues.

Around 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 12 large (30- to 55-gallon) and 30 smaller (1- to 5-gallon) containers were found on Ira Road between Akron-Peninsula Road and Riverview Road. According to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) spokeswoman Mary Pat Doorley, a bystander called in to report the containers.

National Park Service (NPS) rangers and the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department responded and secured the area, following the safety protocol with potentially hazardous material.

There were 12 drums on one side of Ira Road and 30 containers on the other side, according to Mike Settles, of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who also responded that night. Some of the drums contained hazardous materials such as paint, oil-based waste and possible solvents, while many were empty.

That area of Ira Road was closed until the late afternoon Oct. 31 as Ohio EPA workers assessed the containers. Workers from the agency’s contractor, Chemtron, scraped away and removed a small area of impacted soil. They removed all of the containers from the site and will determine proper disposal, Settles said. He added the nearby Cuyahoga River waterway was not affected.

Officials with the Ohio EPA and NPS ask that anyone who may have information about the containers call Ohio EPA’s 24-hour hotline at 800-282-9378 or the NPS dispatch at 440-546-5945.

“Folks can call the park service or our hotline if they have info on this, and they can report it anonymously,” Settles said.

He added that officials are not certain how long the containers had been at the site, but it is not believed they had not been there long.

“Somebody would have seen them if they had been dumped there many days earlier,” Settles said.


Akron, Summit County change health care sign-up assistance

AKRON — After only three people showed up at the city and county Affordable Health Care Act stations seeking assistance last week, according to city officials, Akron and Summit County officials have decided to provide help on an appointment-only basis.

Individuals seeking to enroll in The Marketplace now can set up an appointment with a certified specialist from the county by calling Summit County’s care coordination line at 330-926-5660.

There will no longer be a Tuesday and Thursday “running appointment” service at the Lawton Street Community Center or at the Firestone Park Community Center.


Applications sought for Norton administrative officer

NORTON — The city of Norton, with a population of 12,085, is accepting applications for the position of administrative officer, according to city officials.

This position requires appointment by the mayor and majority confirmation of City Council members.

To apply, send a cover letter, résumé, salary history and five professional references to: Mayor Mike Zita, City of Norton, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, OH 44203 or email to mayorzita@cityofnorton.org.

Submittals will be accepted until the end-of-business day Nov. 29.


Local PRSA offers pro bono Services to nonprofits

DOWNTOWN AKRON — For the fifth year, the Akron Area Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will offer 12 local nonprofits public relations counseling during its annual PRSA Nonprofit Pro Bono Day Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library. Several 60-minute time slots are still available.

“A wide range of organizations take advantage of this annual service, from newly formed to those with long histories of serving our community,” said event chairperson Gretchen Fri, APR. “They provide vital services to our community, and it is critical that they receive support to help them fulfill their mission.”

In the last four years, Akron PRSA has assisted more than 60 nonprofits.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to give back and to make a difference for these organizations that are so integral to our community,” Fri added.

Each nonprofit will receive 60 minutes of free advice from 14 public relations professionals volunteering their time.

The Akron Area Chapter PRSA is again collaborating with the Akron Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America in the School of Communication at The University of Akron. The students will assist with publicity and social media efforts and will offer on-site event coordination.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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