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

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.


Springfield BOE approves contract to finish floors in new building

LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local School District Board of Education gathered for a special meeting Oct. 31 to address floor problems at the new school under construction for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Floor vibrations, felt while walking over some concrete floors, and cracks were discovered on the second floor of the new school building in the spring. In recent weeks, 50 tuned mass dampers (TMD) that virtually eliminate the vibrations have been installed under the floors of 26 rooms, according to district officials.

At the meeting, the board approved a resolution for a contract with Bengal Enterprises to complete floor finish and flooring material installation over the concrete floors.

The resolution states: “Whereas the general trades contractor responsible for the floor preparations and finish flooring installation work for the second floor of the new 7-12 school building being constructed through the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s [now the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission] Exceptional Needs Program has failed to fully perform the floor preparation and installation work,” and in order to complete the work as soon as possible to avoid delays and related costs, Bengal Enterprises has been selected from six solicited bids for the work.

Because this matter was deemed an “urgent necessity,” district officials were able to waive competitive bidding in order to complete the work as expeditiously as possible and have students move in on schedule, according to the resolution.

The district construction manager, Regency Construction, and district officials are working to finalize Bengal’s estimated cost of $68,250, according to the resolution.

The next regular Springfield Board of Education meeting will take place Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Elementary School, located at 3110 Farmdale Road.


Fiscal Office issues third billing for delinquent taxes

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Property tax bills have been mailed to owners of properties that have not yet paid their real estate taxes, officials at the Summit County Fiscal Office said.

This third billing was sent out as a courtesy, according to Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise. The closing date for payment is Nov. 27. Failure to pay by that date may result in the office publishing the taxpayer’s name in a newspaper publication, as required by law.

On Dec. 2, statutory interest will be charged against any unpaid taxes. If a property owner’s mortgage lender or someone else is responsible for a real estate tax payment, the owner must contact them and forward the tax bill to them. Ohio law states it is the taxpayer’s responsibility to obtain and pay their tax bill on time.

Payments may be made in several ways:

  • in person at the Fiscal Office, Treasurer Division, on the third floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St., from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays;
  • mailed to the above address (ZIP code 44308) with a U.S. postmark by Nov. 27;
  • online or by phone with a credit card or e-check at www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net. Payments are processed by Official Payments Corp., which charges a service fee of 2.5 percent of the total on Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover transactions; $3.95 on Visa Debit transactions; and $2 for an electronic check payment; or
  • in-person cash payments through MoneyGram at 35,000 sites nationwide. These payments are processed through Official Payments Corp., which charges a nominal service fee and provides guaranteed same-day transactions. To locate a MoneyGram center, go to the Fiscal Office website or call 1-800-MoneyGram.

Scalise said third billing payments cannot be paid at a bank.

The office also asks that taxpayers with address changes send a written notice or email to summittreas@summitoh.net as to where future tax bills should be mailed.

The Fiscal Office offers plans to assist in the payment of delinquent taxes. For information, call 330-643-2600.


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.”

During the last four years, Akron PRSA has assisted more than 60 nonprofits in areas such as media relations, strategic planning and social media.

“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 who have volunteered 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. These students will assist with the publicity and social media efforts and also will be offering on-site event coordination.


Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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