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Springfield officer honored for service

4/17/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Police Officer Perry Linaburg, a 15-year veteran of community policing in the township, was recognized for his service to the community at the April 10 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting.

Springfield Police Chief John Smith presented Linaburg with a commendation at the meeting and announced police Officer Billie Laurenti is transitioning to take over many of Linaburg’s services in the community over the next few years. Linaburg will remain in his post.

Linaburg has been involved in numerous community activities, such as the organization Springfield Cares, which helps those in need; the collection of food and toys during Fill-A-Cruiser events; senior citizen checks; and community events such as the annual fishing derby, the Easter Egg Hunt and Friday Concerts in the Park.

“He has a stake in this community, and he cares about it,” said Smith.

Several fellow officers recognized Linaburg’s contributions and added Linaburg is also known for his pranks.

Laurenti acknowledged Linaburg’s dedication and commitment to the community, and called his service “outstanding.”

Police officer Jamie Mizer said Linaburg put “his heart and soul into all his efforts, and he instilled that in us.”

Trustee Dean Young said the value of having a local police department and officers such as Linaburg is they get to know the community, which is critical in dealing with problem areas.

Also in police business, Smith announced there will be a special meeting to reinvigorate old and form new neighborhood watch groups April 29 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road. Smith stated there are currently 15 such groups in the community, although many are inactive.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the continuance of work by Environmental Design Group for the development of site plans and trail planning on sections of the easement obtained from Ohio Edison for the hike and bike trails, and for the description of an easement to be obtained from the Tri-County Plaza owners for a section of the trail, for a cost of $11,275;
  • an application for the annual Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the order of 10 vests from Pro-Tech at a cost $6,537, with up to 50 percent to be reimbursed from the grant;
  • the hiring of Keith Fox, effective April 11, as a seasonal parks summer laborer, and a job description for the position;
  • the closing of Canfield Road May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron’s Bark in the Park event;
  • the consent for the Springfield Lakemore Festival Committee to use the lakefront park for Rock the Docks Aug. 1-3, and the closure of Canfield Road from July 30 at 4:30 p.m. to Aug. 4 for the event;
  • the assignment of a work order to demolish the structure at 1863 Burr Place to Butcher & Sons Inc. in an amount not to exceed $5,480; and
  • the certification of abatements to be placed as a lien on the following properties: in the amount of $31.11 for 2785 Pomatan Ave., $25 for 2004 Portage Line Road, $37.22 for 3286 Brunk Road and $43.33 for 1080 Archmere Drive.

Also at the meeting, Road Department Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer reported the township has used 123 percent of its annual salt for the season to date. The department is working to fix potholes, and residents are asked to call 330-733-3213 to report a problem.

Trustees also addressed continued concerns about the “exorbitant” Department of Environmental Services (DOES) sewer fees paid by suburban residents on well water.

Young stated that numerous residents calling DOES to complain have been told that “trustees negotiated the rate,” but Young stressed that is not the case. He added residents outside the city of Akron pay a flat fee without regard to whether there is one person in the house or 10, and that fee is about three times the fee that city of Akron residents pay. That flat fee was established because most suburban residents do not have a water meter, according to Young.

Young said a study of the matter has been ongoing for more than six months, but no decisions have been made. He asked residents to contact Dave Bennett at DOES at 330-864-8500 to discuss the matter instead of trustees, as they do not have any authority in dealing with the high bills.

Trustees also made the following announcements:

√ Summit ReWorks will have a scrap tire collection at the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, 1201 Graham Road in Stow, April 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. Passenger vehicle and light truck scrap tires from Summit County residents only will be accepted for a cost of $1 per tire, with a limit of 10 tires accepted from each motorist.

√ Volunteers are invited to help spruce up Springfield on Litter Cleanup Day April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet in the Town Hall parking lot.

√ The township will host a prescription drugs collection event to allow for the safe disposal of unused or unwanted drugs April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall.

√ The Springfield Lakemore Business Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a document shredding event for area residents and businesses May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boyd Esler Senior and Community Center, 2491 Canfield Road.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place April 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 3459 Canfield Road.

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