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6/19/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Green roads closed due to flooding

GREEN — Heavy rain in the area early in the morning June 18 caused several roads in Green to flood.

The National Weather Service reported the Akron-Canton Airport recorded 2.09 inches of rainfall June 18 between 3:51 and 6:51 a.m.

According to City of Green officials, the following roads were closed due to flooding:

  • state Route 619 east of Mayfair and west of Myersville Road was closed for part of the day June 18;
  • South Main Street between Caston Road and Nimisila Road still had flooding at presstime;
  • Also at presstime, Graybill Road east of Massillon Road and west of Mayfair Road remained closed to two-way traffic because the road’s edges had eroded and were deemed unsafe by the city engineer. City officials were hoping to put a temporary signal in place to create a single lane for traffic by early next week. Officials also were planning to meet with contractors to make emergency repairs to the road;
  • Mayfair Road south of Greensburg Road and north of Aultman Road was closed for part of the day June 18; and
  • Berna Road will be closed for up to two weeks for repairs to two pipes.

In addition, floodwater damaged the shoulders of Greensburg Road in the 1600 block near Nimisila Road. It will be reduced to one lane when repairs are made next week.

Also, Boettler Park, located 5300 Massillon Road, was closed due to flooding for part of the day June 18.

With more rain expected, road crews are monitoring the areas that experienced flooding, according to city officials.

To report roadway flooding, downed trees and signal outages, residents can call 330-897-6607 before 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., residents should call the nonemergency fire dispatch number at 330-896-6610, according to city officials. If the situation is potentially life threatening, call 9-1-1.

For up-to-date information, follow the City of Green on Twitter @cityofgreen.


Probate Court launches new Volunteer Guardian Program

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Probate Court has chosen Jewish Family Services (JFS) to provide trained legal guardians for a new Volunteer Guardian Program.

Under the direction of Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and in collaboration with the Summit County Executive’s Office, Summit County Public Health, the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board and the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, JFS will provide trained legal guardians to serve as advocates and surrogate decision-makers for those under the guardianship of Probate Court and unable to make decisions on their own, according to court officials.

Frequently, indigent wards have no one willing or able to serve as a guardian, according to court officials.

“The JFS Volunteer Guardian Program volunteers will make a real difference to someone facing the most challenging time of their life,” said Stormer. “Our court works every day to protect those who cannot care for themselves.”

Probate Court will provide a significant portion of the funding for the program, as well as ongoing training and oversight, according to court officials.

“The JFS Volunteer Guardian Program is committed to maintaining the health, emotional well-being and stability of adult wards under guardianship of Probate Court,” said JFS Executive Director Gizelle Jones. “We are excited to be a part of this new and innovative program.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the JFS Volunteer Guardian Program, Probate Court and guardianships can attend a meeting June 25 at 10 a.m. in the Ocasek Building auditorium, 161 S. High St.

For more information, contact Probate Court at communityoutreach@summitprobatecourt.com or JFS Volunteer Guardian Program Director of Volunteers Jennifer Mesko-Kimmich at volunteerguardian@jfsakron.org.


Summit County team to join statewide opiate addiction symposium

SUMMIT COUNTY — At the invitation of Gov. John Kasich and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Summit County Common Pleas Administrative Judge Tammy O’Brien will lead a team made up of 10 local leaders at the Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction.

O’Brien’s team includes:

  • Summit County Council member Paula Prentice (D-District 8);
  • Akron Municipal Court Presiding Judge Jerry Larson;
  • attorney Paul Grant, chair, Criminal Law Section, Akron Bar Association;
  • Margaret Scott, deputy chief assistant, Summit County Prosecutors Office;
  • John Ellis, manager of clinical services, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board;
  • Lt. Mathew Paolino, Summit County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Akron Police Department Det. Michael Schmidt; and
  • Probation officers Cynthia Schwarz and Mathew Snyder, Summit County Adult Probation.

The symposium is being presented by the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team and will take place June 30. Its purpose is to foster an exchange of ideas among teams from all 88 Ohio counties on the most promising practices and options for treatment. It is hoped that local communities can implement plans to ensure that nonviolent offenders with opiate addiction receive appropriate judicial and clinical intervention and services, according to court officials.

“Opiate addiction has touched the lives of so many in our community,” O’Brien stated in a press release. “Local leaders must continue to work to understand the dynamics of addiction. Successful intervention can result not only in the reduction of drug-related crime, but also in preventing individual tragedy to addicts and their families.” 

For more information, call 330-643-2390.


Volunteers to unite for Day of Action

SUMMIT COUNTY — The 21st annual United Way Day of Action is featuring more than 1,300 corporate volunteers undertaking more than 90 projects across the county today, June 20.

The volunteers all are wearing black-on-white LIVE UNITED T-shirts.

Nonprofit organizations will receive assistance with landscaping and beautification projects, painting, cleaning projects and more.

“Each year, on the third Friday of June, hundreds of people from across Summit County come together for one day to make a difference,” Bob Kulinski, president and CEO of United Way of Summit County, stated in a press release. “Now in its 21st year, United Way Day of Action is a day when we ask everyone in our community to help us put our mission into action that results in benefits that ripple out to the community as a whole.”

Over 2013, the number of projects increased by 54 percent and the number of volunteers increased by 15 percent. Day of Action is organized by United Way of Summit County and sponsored by FirstEnergy Corp., with product donations from January Paints & Wallpaper and Pepsi Beverages Co.


VAP selected for human trafficking grant

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Victim Assistance Program (VAP) is one of six programs selected by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Systems to participate in a new grant-funded project.

The Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism and the Department of Job and Family Services granted the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services funds to place two full-time workers at six host sites to support Ohio’s anti-human-trafficking efforts. During the 11-month program, these individuals are tasked to help strengthen local efforts by working on projects that raise awareness and serve victims of human trafficking in Ohio.

The selected Summit County AmeriCorps workers will devote equal time to both VAP and the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. VAP Executive Director Leanne Graham is the co-chair of the Collaborative, which works to ensure Summit County is prepared to help and respond to victims of human trafficking throughout the continuum of care.

AmeriCorps workers will utilize the resource guidelines created by the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force to strengthen services provided by VAP victim advocates and strengthen awareness and education provided by the Collaborative.

For details, visit www.endslaverysummitcounty.org.


City of Akron seeking new PeaceMakers class members

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron PeaceMakers, Mayor Don Plusquellic’s anti-crime youth program and youth volunteer group, is seeking new members.

“We are looking for teens who want to make a real difference in the things that directly affect them and their peers. In turn, we empower them to become part of the decision-making process, which will benefit them in the long-run, and while doing so, making our community better and safer for youth,” said Billy Soule, assistant to Plusquellic and in charge of community relations, in a press release.

Soule said the program now has more than 80 active members. In 2013, PeaceMakers participated in more than two dozen different community projects and provided over 4,500 volunteer hours.

“These young citizens are successfully promoting peace in our city and actively making Akron a stronger, safer community,” Plusquellic said in the release. “The teens are spending their free time mentoring middle school children and performing community service projects. We’re extremely proud of them.”

The PeaceMakers will hold two summer accelerated orientation sessions to welcome and prepare new members for service: July 15-18 or Aug. 5-8. To qualify, the teen should reside in the Greater Akron area. Only applicants entering grades nine through 12 will be considered.

The deadlines for applications are July 9 for the July 15 session and July 30 for the Aug. 5 session. Application forms are available online at www.AkronPeaceMakers.org.

For details, call Willa Keith at 330-375-2712 or Soule at 330-375-2660 or email PeaceMakers@akronohio.gov.


Second half 2013 real estate tax bills due July 18

SUMMIT COUNTY — Second-half 2013 real estate tax bills have been mailed, according to Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise.

The closing date for payment is July 18, with the exception of military personnel. Property taxes are deferred for military reservists on active duty. For an application, call 330-643-2641 or visit www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net.

There are several ways to make payment:

  • Payments can be made in person at the Summit County Fiscal Office, Treasurers Division, on the third floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St. in Downtown Akron. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
  • Payments can be mailed and must be U.S. postmarked by July 18 to avoid the statutory 10 percent penalty for late payment. A private meter is not valid for establishing the date of payment.
  • Payments can be made at banks that participate in the Regional Tax Collection System. A list of participating banks is included on the tax bill. Checks must be payable to the banking institution.
  • Tax bills can be paid online or by phone through a secure payment service provided by Official Payments Corp. Taxpayers will need their parcel number on-hand. A service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corp. To pay taxes online or by phone, go to www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/on-line-tax-payments.
  • In person cash payments can be made through MoneyGram. MoneyGram provides guaranteed same-day transactions. A service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corp. To locate a MoneyGram center, visit www.OfficialPayments.com/locate or call 800-MoneyGram.

Real estate tax bills are available online and can be accessed by going to www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and choosing the “Property Tax & Appraisal” link.

The Tax Installment Program (TIP) again is available. Homeowners who pay their real estate taxes directly to the Fiscal Office but cannot pay the full second-half amount due can avoid late-payment penalties by enrolling in the TIP. To be eligible, all taxes and assessments must be current. The deadline to sign up is July 18. Call 330-643-2869 for details.

The Fiscal Office also continues to offer various plans to assist in the payment of delinquent taxes. Any taxpayer who is delinquent should call 330-643-2600.

Taxpayers who have not received a tax bill by July 18 should call 330-643-2588, email the Fiscal Office at summittreas@summitoh.net or visit the website to print the bill.


Stephanie Kist, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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