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Copley trustees move ahead with police station plans

11/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

During the Nov. 20 meeting, the Copley Township Board of Trustees took action on big projects, including a new police station.

Trustees approved, then rescinded an agreement with Horne and King Architects, of Dublin, in August, deciding they weren’t yet comfortable with the documents presented.

At the Nov. 20 meeting, trustees unanimously decided to retain Horne and King for professional design services for the new police station after considering another company. The project is expected to cost around $4 million, according to Trustee Helen Humphrys.

In other police-related business, trustees agreed to sign the title of a police cruiser over to their insurance company, after a traffic crash caused needed repairs more valuable than the vehicle itself.

The car had one year left of service in the regular replacement schedule of the department’s fleet, but the loss won’t leave the department short of active cruisers, according to Police Chief Michael Mier.

The Fire Department’s new engine needs an unexpected fix, said Fire Chief Michael Benson. While installing radios, a department employee discovered the anti-lock brake system was not connected and front air bags were never installed, he said.

The rescue pumper won’t be put into service until the problems are fixed, he added, which is expected by the end of January or early February.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved entering into a service agreement between the Southwest Summit Council of Governments (SWSCOG) and the cities of Barberton and Norton to support the operations of their shared dispatch center in Norton.

SWSCOG, doing business as Southwest Summit Communications, was created last year as the entity for sharing services among the three communities. Additionally, trustees adopted a resolution of financial support for the center.

For the first year of operations, Copley is the fiscal agent, Benson said.

Trustees also heard an update on another way the three communities are working together, as Jim Stender, Barberton’s utilities director, reported on the status of the creation of the Wolf Creek Conservancy District.

Stender said each of the three communities paid $2,500 to have Jim Rozelle, of Storm Water Engineering, do initial work needed to create the district. The entity would work to prevent flooding, regulate streams, reclaim land and provide water sources, among other uses.

Stender asked trustees to draft a resolution in support of the conservancy district, as Norton is in the process of doing, and he expects Barberton to do, in order to provide strength to the petition.

In December, the three communities will be able to file formally with the courts to form the conservancy district, he said.

Each of the three communities will need to contribute another $5,000 to complete the initial work, but after a successful filing in court, the group can put together a master plan, which could cost upwards of $400,000, he said. However, after the petition to form the conservancy is filed, the group should be able to get a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority to move forward, which ultimately could be repaid by assessments to landowners, he added.

In other business, trustees:

  • approved another round of demolitions of dilapidated homes through the Moving Ohio Forward grant program, including 895 Rothrock Circle and 1357 Aberth Drive, to be demolished by Ray Bertolini Trucking Co.; and 3803 and 3815 Hemphill Road and 1456 Jacoby Road, to be demolished by Jim Gangle Bulldozing and Excavating;
  • accepted the resignations of firefighters Matt Null and Thomas Burke;
  • agreed to reimburse the Copley Fire and Rescue Association $500 for holiday decorations for Copley Circle;
  • noted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating a person suspected of using a bow and arrow for hunting purposes in Copley Community Park, according to Mier. Hunting in the park is strictly prohibited, he added;
  • awarded the Janwood Drive culvert replacement project to Rudzik Excavating and approved a purchase order for $63,988;
  • approved a resolution requiring youth sports teams and organizations who play on township-owned fields to sign a document stating they are in compliance with Ohio House Bill 143, requiring coaches and referees to be trained to handle concussions and other head injuries;
  • approved a policy defining “indigent” for purposes of burial at the township’s expense;
  • approved a contract with Ohio Edison to remove and relocate street light poles on Montrose West Avenue for $16,679;
  • set a public hearing for Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. for a proposed map amendment for 3290 Ridgewood Road, changing zoning from Residential-Medium Density/Industrial to Commercial-Office Retail; and
  • extended a conditional offer of employment to Brett McShane as a part-time police officer pending successful completion of pre-employment testing, following an executive session.

The Copley Board of Trustees’ next regular meeting will take place Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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