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Copley trustees rotate leadership

1/9/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

With the arrival of a new year, the Copley Township Board of Trustees changed its slate of officers for 2014 during a meeting Jan. 2.

The board unanimously elected Trustee Dale Panovich as president. Trustee Helen Humphrys will serve as vice president.

Department liaison roles among the trustees will remain the same this year, trustees said, with Panovich acting as the intermediary for fire and service, Humphrys for zoning and administration and Trustee Scott Dressler for police.

Trustees decided Dressler, who served as president of the board in 2013, will continue to fill the position of treasurer of the Southwest Summit Council of Governments (SWSCOG), the entity created to manage the cooperative efforts of Copley and the cities of Norton and Barberton, chiefly their shared dispatch center located in Norton, the Southwest Summit Communications Center.

SWSCOG dictates Copley’s president of the trustees to be on its board, which also includes the two cities’ mayors, but Humphrys said there was no sense in changing Copley’s representative at this time.

During an executive session following the regular portion of the meeting, trustees officially closed dispatch operations in the township effective with the third shift Jan. 3.

Copley dispatchers were expected to move into the center Jan. 7, according to Fire Chief Michael Benson.

Benson added in his annual report the township fire department just completed its busiest year to date, responding to 2,418 calls and completing nearly 3,500 training hours in 2013.

In another of the three communities’ cooperative efforts, today, Jan. 9, trustees planned to meet with Barberton and Norton officials to discuss creating the Wolf Creek Watershed Conservancy District to mitigate storm water problems in the three communities, said Humphrys.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved paying up to $2,500 from the township’s General Fund for Winterfest activities.

Police Chief Michael Mier said he’ll also be looking for donations from civic organizations to help fund the first-time event, which will be held Jan. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Copley Community Park.

Sponsored by Copley’s police, fire and service departments, Winterfest is for children and their parents to enjoy outdoor winter activities, including music, a bonfire, sledding, snow golf, ice bubbles, a scavenger hunt, a dog sled demonstration and hot dogs, hot chocolate and doughnuts, said Mier.

In other business at the meeting, Planning Director Matt Springer reported five more demolitions of dilapidated homes are complete, thanks to the Moving Ohio Forward grant program, including 895 Rothrock Circle and 1357 Aberth Drive, demolished by Ray Bertolini Trucking Co.; and 3803 and 3815 Hemphill Road and 1456 Jacoby Road, demolished by Jim Gangle Bulldozing and Excavating.

Also at the meeting, trustees made the following appointments:

  • On the Zoning Commission, Mark Wasick was reappointed for another five-year term and Billy Delaney was appointed to an unexpired term ending Dec. 31.
  • On the Board of Zoning Appeals, Paul Wilkerson was reappointed for a five-year term, and Naureen Dar, an alternate, was reappointed for a two-year term. Also, George Clark and Joe Weinstein will switch positions, with Clark stepping into a regular position and Weinstein moving into the alternate role, both terms ending Dec. 31, 2015.
  • On the Architectural Review Board (ARB), regular members Melanie Friedman, Dwayne Groll, Kelly McPherson, Christine Dersi and Joe Gregory, who all served through the ARB’s inaugural year, were reappointed to staggered terms, of five years, four years, three years, two years and one year, respectively. Also, Rodney Kovacs was reappointed to serve as alternate, and Dale Couch was appointed as an alternate, both for two-year terms.

In other action, trustees accepted a donation of fire home ramps valued at approximately $2,000, purchased with funds donated by MultiBase Inc., and approved soliciting bids for soil analysis for 1278 Sunset Drive, in preparation for building a new police station.

The Copley Board of Trustees will next meet Jan. 15, with a public hearing to begin at 6 p.m. for proposed map amendments for 4640 Medina Road, 4608 Medina Road and 22 Scenic View Drive for rezoning to a Commercial-Neighborhood Retail designation. The regular meeting will follow at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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