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12/5/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield trustees swear in DiLauro early

SPRINGFIELD — During a special Springfield Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 2, trustees met to appoint a person to fill the unexpired term of office of trustee Bruce Killian, who retired Nov. 30 after 22 years of service, and to consider other business.

Trustees Dean Young and Deborah Davis appointed Joe DiLauro to fill the remaining month of Killian’s term of office, ending Dec. 31.

Killian did not seek re-election in November. Voters elected DiLauro, along with incumbent Davis.

DiLauro was sworn in by Young at the meeting, and he took his seat on the board to consider other matters.

In other business, trustees:

  • approved a payment of $1,132 to J. Bowers for gutter repairs on the township building;
  • approved an application for a 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $967,000, requiring a 5 percent match from the township, as prepared by Gatchell Grant Resources LLC;
  • approved the receipt of two bids for survey work, including $14,500 from Robert Warner, of Environmental Design Group, and $14,975 from Lee Dillworth, of Hammontree & Associates. Trustees decided to take time to consider the bids and take recommendations from Road Department Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer. They reconvened for a special Dec. 3 meeting and accepted the bid from Environmental Design Group; and
  • assigned work orders for the demolition of 10 residential structures in the township to Butcher & Sons and for five structures to PS Construction Group LLC. A special meeting was scheduled for Dec. 5 to review several other properties recommended for demolition.

The next meeting is set for Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.


Recount affirms Manchester levy win; judge recount proceeding

DOWNTOWN AKRON — A recount conducted Dec. 3 confirmed the Manchester Local Schools’ recent levy request was a success.

According to Manchester Superintendent Sam Reynolds, the recount conducted by the Summit County Board of Elections (BOE) confirmed the most recent results, after counting provisional ballots, which showed Issue No. 45 with 1,315 “yes” votes to 1,304 “no” votes, for a difference of 11 votes. On election night, Nov. 5, the levy was winning by just one vote.

Because the difference was less than a half-percent, the issue qualified for a recount.

At presstime, the results of a recount in the race between Akron Municipal Court Judge Katarina Cook and magistrate Jon Oldham were not complete, according to Cook. Oldham had been in the lead by 16 votes on election night, but after provisional and additional absentee ballots were counted, Cook took the lead by 16 votes.

An emergency board meeting called that day, due to Oldham’s request to witness the ballot counting process, interrupted the recount. When board members deadlocked over the issue of whether or not the candidate should have access to the task, they requested an opinion from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. According to Husted’s spokesperson, the office proceeded with the recount due to a directive already issued by Husted on the matter. The recount was continuing in the morning Dec. 4.

In a recount, 5 percent of the ballots are selected and hand-counted, according to BOE Director Joe Masich, and then compared to results from the electronic tabulation. Once that is complete, the rest of the ballots are run through electronically once again. Cook said that in the judge’s race, the hand-counted ballots matched the previous results, and she was just waiting for the results from scanning the remainder.

The Akron Municipal Court serves the cities of Akron and Fairlawn; the villages of Lakemore and Richfield; the townships of Bath, Richfield and Springfield; and the part of Mogadore that is in Summit County.

A call to the BOE was not returned by presstime. For an update, go to www.akron.com.


Applicants wanted for Design Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission

GREEN — Green City Council is accepting applications for one seat on the Design Review Board and two seats on the Historic Preservation Commission.

Long-time Design Review Board member John Dodovich is leaving his seat on the board at the end of his term, Dec. 31. The new term would end 2015.

Applicants for this position should be a registered architect, landscape architect, surveyor or certified planner, or should have significant experience in building design or construction or a related field, according to city officials. The position pays $375 a quarter.

The board meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers in the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

Applicants for the Historic Preservation Commission seats should possess a demonstrated special interest, experience or knowledge in history, architecture or related disciplines. An architect, archaeologist, landscape architect, historian, planner or related historic preservation experience is encouraged. The seats are volunteer positions. The Historic Preservation Commission meets quarterly at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

A résumé and letter of interest for either position should be submitted by Dec. 18 to Council Clerk Molly Kapeluck, P.O. Box 278, Green, OH 44232.

For more information, visit www.cityofgreen.org and click on “Government.”


Croce moves to Common Pleas bench; applicants sought for Barberton judge seat

AKRON — With the appointment of Christine Croce as judge in Summit County Common Pleas Court, there’s now a vacancy in Barberton Municipal Court.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced his appointment of Croce to the county bench Nov. 15. She took office Nov. 27 to replace Judge Judy Hunter, who retired in July.

According to the governor’s office, if Croce wishes to keep the seat, she must run in the 2014 November General Election for the full term commencing Feb. 10, 2015. 

Croce, a Green resident, won election to the Barberton bench in the 2011 General Election. Prior to that she was elected and served two years as the court’s clerk and was a member of Green City Council.

Summit County Republicans are currently seeking applicants for the vacant Barberton Municipal Court seat. Candidates are asked to submit a formal application and résumé to Alex Arshinkoff, chairman, Summit County Republican Central Committee, at 1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250, Akron, OH 44313 no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

Arshinkoff and Executive Committee Chairman Jonathan Pavloff have selected an ad hoc screening committee, which will interview applicants Dec. 19 at noon at the party’s headquarters. The committee will submit a formal report to the party’s executive committee for its final approval, and the committee will recommend at least three names for Kasich to consider to fill the post.

Barberton Municipal Court serves the communities of Barberton, Clinton, Copley, Coventry, Green, New Franklin and Norton.

For additional information, call 330-434-9151.


2014 dog licenses now available

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The 2014 dog license tags are now available for Summit County dog owners.

The Ohio Revised Code requires all residents who own, keep or harbor a dog more than 3 months of age to purchase a county dog license, according to Summit County officials.

“It is my responsibility to protect our pets by maintaining accurate dog registration records,” said Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise. “If your dog is ever lost or stolen, having a dog license can help them return home.”

County officials state a dog brought into Summit County Animal Control wearing a license tag can be quickly reunited with its family, and residents who find a lost dog wearing a license tag can go to the county website at fiscalof fice.summitoh.net and click on “dog search” to type in the license number of a lost dog and find its home.

“In addition, by purchasing a dog license, you will contribute to the care of lost and abandoned animals,” said County Executive Russ Pry. “Funds generated from the sale of dog licenses are redistributed to the Summit County Animal Control Facility, which provides housing and adoption services for our displaced pets.”

The dog licenses will be available through Jan. 31. The cost is $18 for a single-year license, $54 for a three-year license and $180 for a permanent license. After that date, there is an $18 late fee.

Licenses for dogs providing assistance to those with disabilities are free with proof of training and are valid throughout the duration of the animal’s life, according to county officials.

Dog license renewal applications have been mailed out to pet owners, according to county officials.

Kennel owners also must renew their licenses during the same time period at a cost of $80 per license.

The licenses are available at Summit County offices in Akron at the Division of Animal Control, 250 Opportunity Parkway, and the Service Department, 1030 E. Tallmadge Ave.

To apply online for a dog license, find additional locations to purchase a license, or for further information, visit the above website or call 330-630-7226.


Dominion East Ohio EnergyShare program now accepting applications

OHIO — Local Ohio Salvation Army offices are now accepting applications for Dominion East Ohio’s EnergyShare program that helps families who have exhausted all other forms of winter energy assistance. EnergyShare is entering its 13th year in Ohio.

To qualify for one-time EnergyShare assistance, a person must live in the Dominion service area, be a Dominion customer and must have:

  • a household income no higher than 175 percent of the federal poverty level, be unemployed or demonstrate a need for assistance;
  • exhausted all other state and federal energy assistance; and
  • received a shutoff notice or have their service already disconnected.

Dominion works with local Salvation Army offices to help eligible participants. Every dollar contributed to this fund goes to pay recipients’ Dominion East Ohio heating bills, according to Dominion officials.

EnergyShare is supported by donations from Dominion customers, employees and EnergyShare partners. Dominion covers the program’s administrative costs, allowing all donations to go toward paying heating bills. Local Salvation Army offices in the Dominion service area accept applications for EnergyShare assistance and administer distribution of the funds. In the past decade, EnergyShare has helped more than 62,000 area people, including more than 6,200 last year.


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

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