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Richfield trustees approve zoning change for pools

3/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The Richfield Township Board of Trustees approved a zoning change for swimming pools and their surrounding fences at the March 20 meeting.

One of the changes proposed by the Zoning Commission includes the definition of a swimming pool. The minimum depth to qualify as a pool was 2 feet, and it was changed to 18 inches.

Another change regards the fences to avoid unauthorized access to the pools.

“All in-ground pools shall be secured by a fence not less than 4 feet in height and not more than 6 feet in height,” the new zoning amendment states.

Above-ground pools that are at least 4 feet high are required to have fences or gates around the access points to the pool.

“Four feet is the standard height that we found in other communities, because a small child can’t climb that high,” said Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney.

While existing pools and fences will be grandfathered in, new pools and fences will have to comply with the new regulations.

In other news:

  • Pinney said the Zoning Commission was also looking into rezoning the six commercial properties in the C-1 and C-2 (Commercial) districts into the new combined C District, which includes modernized language.
    Pinney also said Richfield Village approached the township about the idea of collaborating on the conservation and preservation of the Girl Scout camp at the corner of Oviatt and Streetsboro roads. The idea is in the “information gathering process,” Pinney said.
  • Township Administrator Linda Bowmer said Road Foreman Jerry Schall reported the township roads will need work after this harsh winter.
    Bowmer also said the Project Pride Community Cleanup day is scheduled for April 26. Residents also can come to the Town Hall area to shred up to five bankers’ boxes worth of documents from 9 a.m. to noon that day.
  • The township has drafted a list of limitations on JJJ Properties’ use of a concrete crusher in the Light Industrial-Office District.
    The township has issued a zoning violation for the use of the concrete crusher, and JJJ Properties’ appeal is still on the April agenda of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
    According to township officials, some of the items on the settlement proposal include limiting material delivery and crusher operation to the hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; a 90-day limit on the storage of material before it is processed; and no crushing of material that will not be used on that site.
    Many of the ideas for conditions on the use of the concrete crusher came from the public, Pinney said.
  • The trustees also approved a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation for rock salt for next winter.
    “With the amount of salt they buy, they can get a better price,” Bowmer said.
  • Trustees decided to purchase fuel through Summit County. They thanked Bowmer for studying the issue. She discovered the township could have saved $250 from December to February.
  • Trustees approved a proposal from ReWorks to begin a program to recycle fabrics such as old clothing, towels and sheets. There will be no cost to the township or residents, who would receive an extra bag for the fabrics to set out on trash day.

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for April 3 at 10 a.m. at the township office building, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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