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Springfield officials remember former police chief

12/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — At the Springfield Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 12, officials reminisced about a former police chief who recently passed away.

Walter “Bud” Nehrenz, who served as police chief in 1979 and 1980, died Nov. 27. His ashes were laid to rest Dec. 12 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, according to Police Chief John Smith.

According to his obituary, Nehrenz was born Nov. 18, 1938, graduated from Kenmore High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Smith said he was “impressed with the many good things said about Nehrenz,” including that he was “the best police officer I have ever worked with,” according to former Springfield Police Chief Dave Hoover, who served from 2002 to 2006.

Trustee Deborah Davis said she learned a lot from Nehrenz during her time as a dispatcher for the Springfield Police Department.

“He was a phenomenal man,” she added. “My life was enriched because of him.”

Township officials held a moment of silence for Nehrenz prior to the start of regular business.

Another Police Department official was commended at the meeting. Smith announced Det. Joe Holsopple was selected as Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh’s Top Cop for November. Smith said Holsopple was instrumental in helping to convict a resident who raped a number of girls.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • a leasing agreement with FirstMerit Bank at 4.24 percent over five years for a Road Department truck, with the first payment of $3,480 due March 5 and the last monthly payment of $1,160 due Dec. 5, 2018;
  • a memorandum of understanding with Summit County Public Health for 2014-18 in the amount of $33,933;
  • an application for Federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds of $989,000 for a hike and bike trail from Springfield High School to Lakemore Waterworks Park to Springfield Lakefront Park, as well as an agreement of support with Springfield Local School District and Lakemore Village for the project [see related story on Page 1];
  • eight amendments to 2013 appropriations to comply with accounting practices and to close the books for the year;
  • abatements for five properties due to trash/debris/mowing, placing the costs as liens on the owners’ property taxes; and
  • work orders for PS Construction Group for asbestos abatement on seven properties declared a nuisance Oct. 31and scheduled for demolition.

Also at the meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Foltz announced the base coat on the Springfield Community Path, located near Schrop Intermediate, is now complete, and the trail is open to the public and “walkable.”

He also announced the new lakefront lighting display, which includes a planet Earth, a Santa, a sleigh, a holiday bell, an animated carousel and tall candy canes at the entrance to the display, will be lit for viewing daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. He added the display will be expanded in the future.

Davis stated that $169 was received from recycling 6.42 tons of paper and cardboard for the month of October. She also asked residents to call the township offices at 330-794-1739 to let officials know about streetlights that stay lit during the day so they may be fixed in order to avoid extra costs.

Trustees met Dec. 19 for a special meeting. They will meet for a regular meeting Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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