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Richfield trustees honor Revere boys soccer team

12/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The state champion Revere High School boys soccer team crowded into the Richfield Township offices to receive congratulations from the Richfield Township Board of Trustees Dec. 19.

“We want to recognize you as a community, and we are so proud of your accomplishments,” said Trustee Janet Jankura. “I’ve seen people sporting your jerseys; you’ve generated a lot of pride.”

The trustees gave all of the players a copy of the proclamation, and the players responded by giving the trustees an autographed soccer ball.

The Minutemen’s coach, Sandor Jakab, said he was proud his team was able to represent the community as the top Division II team in Ohio with a No. 18 national ranking.

“Our players have a 3.625 grade-point average, so they had a great achievement on the soccer field and fantastic achievement in the classroom, as well,” he said.

The soccer team posted a record of 21-0 and two ties en route to the first state team championship in the history of Revere High School.

Most of the remainder of the meeting was dominated by a discussion of a proposal by Richfield Furnace Run Associates to discuss the proposed annexation of 125 acres of property in the Briarwood area from Richfield Township to Richfield Village.

Richfield Village Mayor Bobbie Beshara, Service Director Melanie Tibbs and Law Director Bill Hanna appeared at the meeting to discuss the options for annexation and the effects it would have on the surrounding area. Three area residents also were in attendance.

Hanna said that unlike the past, when annexations would drag on for a long time, property owners now have a pair of expedited options. One would involve a contractual agreement with the two Richfield governments, while the other would not require such an agreement.

If the annexation takes place, homes could be built on the property and connected to the village sewer system. Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney said the Summit County Planning Commission has approved the developer’s plan to build 68 single-family and 156 multi-family homes on the property, but that approval is set to expire in June 2014.

Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore noted Richfield Furnace Run Associates has not yet made an application for annexation to the village.

“Nobody knows exactly what may happen,” she said. “There are so many questions that are not answerable at this point.”

The trustees agreed to hire the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs to represent the township in the potential annexation process. They also scheduled a work session with the village for Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room at Town Hall.

In other business:

  • The trustees agreed to pay an invoice of $8,280 to the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease for legal services relating to the borrowing process for a new administration building.
  • Larry Fulton, of the Summit County Engineer’s Office, said Cuyahoga Falls and Green have joined the county’s collaborative paving program, along with half of the townships in the county.
    “If you bid things on a large scale, you get better unit prices,” he said.
  • Jankura closed the meeting by thanking her fellow trustees, Gilmore and David Wyatt, for their service to the township as trustees over the years. Wyatt did not seek re-election this past November, and Gilmore lost by one vote to former trustee Bob Luther. Jeff Shupe was the highest vote-getter in that election and will fill Wyatt’s seat.
    “It’s been a great 10 years,” Wyatt said, “and in my first round, we had the Coliseum and all of its opportunities and challenges. Good luck to you folks, too.”

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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