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Springfield residents getting sewer bill reduction

6/19/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Springfield Trustee Deborah Davis announced at the June 12 Board of Trustees meeting the City of Akron has agreed to drop sewer rates for Springfield customers by $30 per month starting in July.

The bill reduction would be for residents on flat sewer rates living in the area north of state Route 224 and east of Canton Road, according to Davis. These customers are billed by the City of Akron, not the Summit County Department of Environmental Services (DOES).

The decision comes in response to Springfield residents’ complaints that their bills were about twice as much as those living in the city. Several residents have voiced their concerns on the matter at the last two trustees’ meetings. [For more on that, see “Springfield residents seeking rate relief” in the May 30, 2014, issue or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

Davis said trustees have been making numerous calls to Akron officials about the matter for months.

“This a start,” said Davis. “It needs to come down more. This is not the end of it.”

Davis said residents also may be able to reduce water costs by installing a city-approved water meter for an estimated cost of about $500, $360 of which can be paid over 12 months. To do so, residents should call 330-375-2690. Davis said Akron officials were recommending the meter installation only for small households in order to see a payback.

Also during the meeting, a number of residents commented on a plan to create a back entrance into Lauer Park.

At a May 29 special board meeting, trustees had agreed to purchase an easement and right-of-way from Killian Investments LLC on a portion of property at 2324 Spring Lake Drive for $25,000 to create the back entrance to the 1.5-mile hike and bike trail at Lauer Park. Trustees also approved hiring CT Consultants to map and survey the easement for a cost not to exceed $2,500.

Trustee Dean Young said at that time they hoped to have the entrance, accessible by walking or hiking only, ready in about 30 days. Other residents wishing to access the trail in the park will be required to use the north entrance on Killian Road, he added.

One resident supported the project.

“I think it will be good for those neighborhoods, and this project is another good sign of progress in the community,” said Neal Hess, a resident of Krumroy Road.

Three residents in the Pine Lake neighborhood expressed concern about the increase in motor, bicycle and pedestrian traffic to their cul-de-sac, according to township officials.

Police Chief John Smith explained “no parking” signs will be placed in the area to deter outside parking, and police will patrol the new park opening and ticket anyone not living in the immediate neighborhood.

Road Department Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer announced during the meeting that 3.3 miles of township roads will be improved this summer, including: Dewport, Lake James, Westport, Beechwood, Blair, Carter, Eastview, Lakeview and Park drives; Lake James Terrace; Farmdale, Griffith, Lindwood, Maxwell and Swartz roads; and Howard and Woodland avenues.

Parks and Recreation Director Doug Foltz stated the Springfield Community Trail, a 5,785-foot path located on Pickle Road near Schrop Intermediate School, was dedicated last week. Foltz said the collaborative project involved the township, Springfield Local School District, the City of Akron, Summit County Public Health and AESCO Electronics Inc., and the effort was recognized by state officials.

Also at the meeting, trustees certified the cost of $37 in abatement to be placed on the tax duplicate of 752 Neal Road. Trustees also agreed to rescind a similar motion made recently to place abatements of $332 onto 1057 Oneida Trail.

Springfield trustees had a special meeting June 19 to consider replacing a parks summer laborer and other matters.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place July 10 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, located at 2459 Canfield Road.

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