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Zoldesy asks board to create vision for region

12/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

At the close of his last meeting as a Coventry Township official Dec. 12, Trustee Gary Zoldesy challenged fellow trustees Bob Calderone and Tom Seese to create a vision for the Portage Lakes region.

Zoldesy chose not to run for re-election in the November General Election but still wants to see the Coventry area sculpted for future success.

Zoldesy was appointed to the seat in 2012 by then Summit County Probate Court Judge Todd McKenney. Zoldesy replaced former trustee Brenda Patterson, who died Jan. 12, 2012, after a long illness.

He cited family matters as the reason for not running to retain the position. Zoldesy explained the needs of his family could take away from the time needed to be a “good trustee.”

Seese said he has appreciated Zoldesy’s “attitude and commitment to the community.”

“It has been a pleasure for me to serve with you,” he told Zoldesy.

While serving in the role, Zoldesy said he gained a greater appreciation for the employees of the township.

“Thank you for all you do on behalf of the residents of Coventry,” he told them.

Zoldesy challenged the trustees to create a blueprint for the future of Coventry. He suggested getting interested citizens to meet with township officials in 2014 to project what Coventry should look like in five and 10 years.

“Put a vision together and share it with the community and talk about the good things being done,” Zoldesy said.

He believes the Portage Lakes are the center of the community. Zoldesy specifically would like to see the trustees work to make the Portage Lakes the cleanest lakes in Ohio.

Edward Diebold was elected to fill Zoldesy’s seat. He was present at the meeting and vowed to carry on Zoldesy’s passion for the community.

During the meeting, the trustees engaged in a discussion to identify additional ways to clean up the entire community, specifically through recycling efforts.

Yolanda Walker, executive director of ReWorks, was at the meeting to discuss various grants available to help Coventry keep recycling in the forefront.

Calderone cited a successful leaf drop-off and tire recycling program in the fall as a means used, with funding through ReWorks, to improve the look of the township.

“We collected 671 tires that would be sitting somewhere collecting water and mosquitoes,” he said.

Calderone asked Walker to help the township develop a formal recycling program next year.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a set of guidelines it will use when considering a request for a liquor license to be transferred into Coventry from another municipality in the state.

According to township officials, Coventry recently received an Economic Development Transfer Form (TREX) from the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control, submitted by Anthony Pierce, of the Portage Lakes Brewing Co. LLC, 503 Portage Lakes Drive.

Officials said a liquor license could be transferred from one jurisdiction to another as long as it is for economic development purposes.

Zoning Inspector George Beckham has explained the applicant would like Portage Lakes Brewing, a business that sells wine and beers, to be a place where products could be sampled before purchased.

“We want businesses to be successful in Coventry Township,” Calderone said.

Additionally at the meeting, the board approved the removal of hazardous waste by Gangle Excavating from an old dry cleaning business recently demolished on Manchester Road for a cost of $1,865.

The board also approved a contract with Summit County Public Health for storm water services for 2014-18 at a cost of about $17,000.

In addition, the board agreed to a $500 gift card purchase for Dr. Thomas Hedrick for his 25 years of volunteer service to the Coventry Fire Department. Calderone explained Hedrick, who is moving to Columbus, freely gave of his time on a regular basis for years to help the department with emergency medical advice and training, when most professionals would have charged for the service.

The next board meeting is set for Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 68 Portage Lakes Drive.

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