South Side News & Notes
Fire departments respond to gas line incident
NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Fire Department officials reported they responded to multiple reports of an explosion and gas leak in the area of 6500 Hampsher Road April 8 at about 9:23 p.m.
Fire Department officials stated they arrived within 4 minutes after a call and found high pressure natural gas escaping from an unknown source. Officials began evacuating residents in the immediate area and notified Dominion East Ohio officials of the incident. New Franklin was assisted by firefighters from the Village of Clinton.
According to New Franklin Fire Department officials, Dominion personnel arrived quickly and determined a line had become overpressurized and the pressure relief valve was releasing the pressure, as it was designed to do. They reduced the pressure on the line to stop the escape of gas. It also was determined that there was no explosion, as had been reported.
Residents returned to their homes about 50 minutes later.
A similar incident in the area took place last July, and residents also were evacuated. It was also determined there had been no explosion. A section of that pipe was replaced this past fall.
Springfield trustees approve routine work
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees gathered for a special meeting April 3.
At the meeting, trustees accepted a proposal from Dynamerican to clean the oil/water separators of the Road Department and the Fire Department bays for an estimated cost of $2,163, with about $1,382 to come from Road Department funds and the rest from Fire Department funds, according to meeting minutes.
Trustees also approved an application by the Fire Department to apply for a State of Ohio Emergency Medical Grant, which is a 100 percent reimbursement grant to improve and enhance EMS and trauma patient care.
Trustees adjourned into executive session to discuss pending negotiations of a public employee, union and the possible hiring of a public employee. No action was taken after the executive session, according to the meeting minutes.
Trustees also met yesterday, April 10, for a regular meeting, which was after presstime. Details of that meeting will be included in next week’s issue.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for April 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 2459 Canfield Road.
Akron City Council commits $350,000 to Summit Lake Community Center improvements
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council authorized the city to spend $350,000 on improvements to the Summit Lake Community Center, which will include replacing the heating and air-conditioning system, as well as the roof, and additional interior and exterior updates, during the April Council meeting.
Councilwoman Margo Sommerville (D-Ward 3) said the improvements are intended to complement the new Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) Reach Opportunity Center being constructed adjacent to the community center. It will feature career services and an on-site kindergarten.
The next Akron City Council meeting will be April 14 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. in Downtown Akron. Committee meetings will begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.
Financial literacy classes being offered
GREATER AKRON — The Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs is teaming up once again with partners and sponsors to recognize April as Financial Literacy Month. During this month, area residents are invited to attend one of more than 28 free events presenting information on a wide range of financial topics, such as consumer debt, home buying, improving credit scores, debt and collections, protecting identity, avoiding financial fraud and schemes, employment opportunities for seniors and veterans, and more.
The following is a list of local events, along with locations and phone numbers for registration, where required.
- April 14: Credit Happens, with partner Greenleaf Family Center, 580 Grant St. in Downtown Akron, 1 to 3 p.m. To register, call 330-376-9494, ext. 214.
- April 16:
√ Veteran Job & Career Fair, with Veterans Service Commission, 1 to 3 p.m. For details, call 330-643-7636.
√ Money Management for Teens, with Youth Employment for Success (YES), 140 E. Market St. in Downtown Akron, 4 to 6 p.m. To register or for details, call 330-643-7886.
- April 17: Financial Fitness, with East Akron Neighborhood Development (EANDC), 6 to 8 p.m. To register, call 330-724-0244.
- April 18: Akron Consumer Debt Class, with Community Legal Aid Services, 2:30 p.m., at Akron Municipal Court, 217 S. High St., 9th floor, in Downtown Akron. To register, call 800-998-9454.
ODOT issues area traffic advisories
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has issued the following traffic advisories:
- State Route 59 (the Akron Innerbelt) westbound between Interstate 76 and North Main Street in Akron is reduced to one lane for roadway resurfacing. This work is part of a $6.9 million project to resurface state Route 59 from I-76 to East Market Street and make repairs to 21 bridges. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by September.
- I-76 eastbound and westbound in Norton will have various lane restrictions under Summit Road between 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. Also, I-76 eastbound and westbound under Summit Road will have various nightly lane restrictions between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. for bridge construction. All restrictions are weather dependent. In addition, Summit Road over I-76 is currently closed through early July. The detour is Barber Road to Norton Avenue to Wooster Road. This work is part of a $3.7 million project to replace the Summit Road and Clark Mill Road bridges over I-76. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by October.
- Interstate 77 northbound and southbound between Waterloo Road and the Central Interchange in Akron has nightly shoulder closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for bridge repairs. This work is part of a $4.4 million project to resurface I-77 from Waterloo Road to the Central Interchange. The project also includes repairs to 16 bridges. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by October.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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