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County to retire old flags

6/5/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the June 2 meeting, Summit County Council officially added County of Summit Flag Day June 14 and Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15 to this year’s calendar.

In observance of Flag Day, county officials will inspect all American flags flown at county offices and remove and replace ones that are worn and unfit for further public display, according to the legislation.

A flag retirement ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. that day at the Robert D. Campbell Training Center, located at 2825 Greensburg Road in Green. Anyone wishing to retire an American flag should fold and place it in a protective paper or plastic bag with a note attached to the flag eyelet indicating the name of the person or organization wishing to retire the flag. The flag then can be delivered to any sheriff’s office facility by June 13. It will be inspected and prepared in accordance with the tradition of solemn dignity and military manner, according to Sheriff Steve Barry.

“According to federal law, when a flag is no longer fit for display, it should be retired in a dignified manner,” Barry stated in a news release regarding the flag retirement ceremony.

The event will include the Sheriff’s Office Color Guard, Mounted Unit, K-9 and Motorcycle units, along with the Group III Civil Air Patrol Squadron and various military groups.

All veterans, veterans groups, youth organizations and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, as well as members of the public, are invited to attend the ceremony. Attendees should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Agencies wishing to participate in the event should contact Deputy Jim Orsine at 330-896-4019.  

Also at the meeting, Council members suggested all wear purple June 13 to raise awareness for Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is Sunday, June 15, this year.

In other action, Council on first reading adopted legislation confirming a $300,000 contract with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to purchase and distribute food to food pantries throughout Summit County from June 1 through Sept. 30.

Among routine legislation unanimously agreed to by committee, Council confirmed a $143,000 contract for road striping and a $1 million contract for road resurfacing.

Also, Council agreed to purchase one 2014 Chevrolet Impala, three 2014 Chevrolet Malibus, one 2014 Ford Escape and five 2015 Ford Explorers for the Sheriff’s Office, for the fleet and for unmarked vehicles for the Detective Bureau and administration.

Council also approved a settlement agreement for $15,000 in a lawsuit brought by Anthony Miller against the county in September 2012 in Summit County Common Pleas Court. The case stemmed from a physical altercation between a juvenile housed in the Detention Center and a corrections officer, according to Jason Dodson, chief of staff for the Executive’s Office. The plaintiff alleged he sustained injuries, Dodson said. The employee involved was let go, and the settlement is considered reasonable, Dodson said.

Several contract renewals for the Department of Job and Family Services also were approved as part of the consent agenda, including for services for dislocated workers, ex-offenders and youth and to provide drop-in child care.

Council will next meet for committee meetings June 9 a little over an hour later than usual at 5:35 p.m. in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St. The second of two public hearings on a proposed increase in sales and use tax will take place that evening at 7 p.m.

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