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Richfield trustees agree to settle issue with JJJ Properties

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The Richfield Township Board of Trustees decided March 6 to allow Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney to negotiate a settlement with JJJ Properties on the use of a concrete crusher on its property.

Pinney had ruled the company’s use of a concrete crusher was a zoning violation, but JJJ Properties appealed the decision.

At the previous meeting, the trustees debated whether to settle the dispute with JJJ Properties or to allow the case to proceed to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).

Trustee Jeff Shupe said he spoke with a representative from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, who told him the trustees were legally allowed to settle the case.

The trustees also agreed to apply for a community recycling access grant, which the township has received in each of the past three years. The grant funds, which total approximately $2,000, are used to offset the cost of curbside recycling.

In other action:

  • The trustees approved the Summit County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The lengthy plan is available on CD if citizens would like to examine it, according to township officials.
    The trustees’ approval will help Summit County Council to receive project grants, according to Township Administrator Linda Bowmer.
    Assistant Fire Chief Phil McLean said the plan covers everything from tornadoes to natural and manmade disasters.
  • The trustees appointed Ed Pepera as an alternate on the Zoning Commission. Both of his parents have served on the commission in the past.
  • The trustees approved the payment of $4,662 as the annual expense to the city of Cleveland to supply water to the fire hydrants.
    McLean said the 19 broken hydrants were all fixed, but two were down again.
    “We put one in at the Pilot station, and two weeks later, a truck hit it,” he said.

In other news:

√ McLean said Richfield firefighters assisted on a large barn fire in Cuyahoga Valley National Park at the end of Akron-Peninsula Road. The Hudson, Boston Heights and Valley fire departments also battled the blaze.
McLean also announced Ron Boryk will be one of three firefighters from Ohio to participate in the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb in Seattle later this month. He will join 1,800 firefighters from around the world who will climb the 69-story Columbia Center.

√ Police Chief Keith Morgan said that Officer Mike Simmons had begun teaching DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) classes to fifth-graders. The classes will be held three times a week for 10 weeks.
Morgan also talked about a Richfield Community CARE program on prescription opiates and heroin abuse, which will take place today, March 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Revere High School.
Morgan also said Officer Rick Lorek received a commendation at the Richfield Village Council meeting March 4. He helped a patient who was not breathing and had no pulse by performing CPR until an ambulance arrived.
“The patient made it and is doing fine,” the chief reported.

√ Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney reported the BZA’s next meeting was moved to March 24.

√ Trustee Bob Luther said the road workers are “right on schedule” with their salt usage this winter. They have used 600 tons of salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation and 600 tons from the township’s own shed.
“They are keeping the roads clear, and that’s all we want to hear,” Luther said.

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the township office building, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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