South Side News & Notes
Springfield trustees approve nuisance abatement, amendments
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees met for a special meeting to consider nuisance properties and other items June 26.
During the meeting, trustees declared properties at 994 Onondago Trail and 1864 Krumroy Road to be a nuisance and initiated abatement procedures. No one from the properties was present to speak about them, according to township officials.
Trustees agreed to continue consideration of nuisance abatement for a property located at 1396 Krumroy Road until the July 10 meeting.
Also at the meeting, trustees amended several items approved at previous meetings, including:
- an application for District 8 Public Works funding for the replacement of the Springfield outlet control device for more effective storm water management for the Springfield Lake watershed, which is supported by Lakemore Village, adding that the village will contribute one-half of the 20 percent local share of the proposed project cost of $56,000;
- the cost of a 2014 Ford Police Interceptor SUV for an actual invoice amount of $25,260; and
- the appointment of David Lile to a five-year term on the Zoning Commission, adding his term from June 4 to May 20, 2019, in the legislation.
Trustees also approved a then and now purchase order for invoices from Environmental Design Group in the amount of $7,370 for expenses related to the Spartan Trail, which had been tabled from a previous meeting, and amended provisions for “Personal Appearance,” which is No. 300.05 in the Policy Manual.
Trustees also met for a work session July 1 to gather comments regarding Springfield Lake levels from affected residents and to receive other reports from department heads. Details were not available by presstime.
The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place July 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 2459 Canfield Road.
Green hosting waste recycle days
GREEN — The City of Green will host several recycling events this summer.
An electronic waste recycling day, for Green residents only with proof of residency required, will be offered July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd.
According to city officials, items accepted at the event will include computers, printers, cable boxes, TVs up to 40 inches, telephones, keyboards, fax machines, switches, batteries and more. For the complete list of accepted items, visit www.cityofgreen.org/recycle.
Other special recycling events planned include ReWorks Document Shredding Day Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the CAB, and a Tire Recycling Event Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the city’s Recycling Center, located at 5383 Massillon Road.
All events are free of charge. For more information, visit www.cityofgreen.org.
Council urges Goodyear to build in Akron
DOWNTOWN AKRON — At its June 30 meeting, Akron City Council approved a resolution urging Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to locate its planned new manufacturing plant in Akron.
According to the resolution, Goodyear plans to build a $500 million tire factory, its first in the Americas since 1990.
Council President Garry Moneypenny (D-Ward 10) and Councilman Jeff Fusco (D-at large), who offered the legislation, which was eventually approved as sponsored by the mayor and Council as a whole, said Akron offers the talent and infrastructure, as well as the loyalty and legacy, to support the new plant.
“I believe that we’ve proved to Goodyear that we’re willing to do what it takes,” Fusco said. “We will not disappoint.”
Moneypenny said the planned factory is expected to offer 500 new jobs, the income tax from which would be more than welcome to support the city.
Goodyear has been headquartered in Akron since its founding in 1898 and recently invested $160 million in building a new global headquarters here.
In other business, Council unanimously approved the consent agenda, which contained two rather high-profile items: an ordinance authorizing Mayor Don Plusquellic and Finance Director Diane Miller-Dawson to negotiate and enter into agreements to secure the East Akron Community House building for the purposes of continuing programs and services for the residents of East Akron and to make payments in connection with any agreements reached, and an ordinance permitting a replacement guaranty agreement among the city, the Akron Urban League and Summit County to allow for refinancing a 2007 loan for the Urban League’s community service center.
Council also approved an ordinance authorizing the surfacing preparation and painting of about 2,000 of the city’s approximately 11,000 fire hydrants.
Also at the Council meeting, Moneypenny said the caucus planned for Aug. 4, during Council’s summer break, has been rescheduled for July 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. to accommodate Council members’ and city department directors’ schedules.
The next Akron City Council meeting will take place July 7 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. Committee meetings are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.
GAINS to focus on neighborhood revitalizations, land banks
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The sustainable value of a “clean and green” approach to save neighborhoods and cities will be the subject of the GAINS (Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability) meeting July 9 at 6:15 p.m. at the Uncorked Wine Bar in the Musica complex, 51 E. Market St.
According to GAINS officials, the discussion will include the social, economic and environmental benefits of neighborhood revitalization using the tool of land banking. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for networking.
Speakers will talk about the Summit County Land Reutilization Corp. and its importance for Summit County communities. Jim Rokakis, executive director of the Thriving Communities Institute, will discuss the concept of land banking, its impact on real estate, distressed properties and property values, and the “mapping program” being done in East Akron neighborhoods.
County land banks, or county land reutilization corporations, are a tool to bring public and private partnerships together to stabilize fragile cities, according to GAINS officials. Thriving Communities Institute, launched by Western Reserve Land Conservancy in March 2011, seeks to transform vacant and unproductive properties in Northern Ohio through the land bank program into new opportunities to attract economic growth, create green space in the city and to support safe, beautiful neighborhoods, according to GAINS officials.
A study of eight Ohio cities by Community Research Partners and Rebuild Ohio found that 25,000 vacant and abandoned properties imposed approximately $15 million in direct annual costs to cities and over $49 million in cumulative lost property tax revenues, GAINS officials added.
First used by urban planners in the 1960s, the land bank concept has grown because of the recent foreclosure crisis, according to GAINS officials. The concept is emerging today as a way to form a coherent strategy for sustainable cities and towns to present urban land to the marketplace, ultimately allowing for the preservation of farmland, open space and natural beauty countering the effects of urban sprawl and climate change.
GAINS meets the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings are free, interactive and open to the public. For more information, visit www.thrivingcommunitiesinstitute.org/about-county-land-banks.html or www.facebook.com/GAIN4Sustainability.
SCHS celebrates 90th anniversary
AKRON — The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio (SCHS) will celebrate its 90th anniversary July 12 on the grounds of the Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road.
Chaired by Sylvia Johnson, this event is free and open to the public. Celebration activities will include tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House; a 90th anniversary program at 1 p.m. on the Perkins Stone Mansion front porch; musical entertainment provided by the Summit Metro Park Band following the program; carnival games and activities such as tug-a-war, sack races, high striker, dunk tank and more; a cake walk sponsored by local bakeries; and Bojo the Clown entertaining with tricks and balloon animals
The honorary chair of the event will be Ralph Witt, a longtime SCHS volunteer, who also will be turning 90 this fall.
Volunteers needed for summer programs and events
AKRON — The United Way of Summit County Volunteer Center’s website lists more than 150 volunteer experiences across Summit County.
Combined, those projects seek a total of more than 5,000 volunteers in support of summer activities presented by various agencies, according to United Way officials. Many of these volunteer opportunities are for special events such as the Akron Marathon, the Gay Games, Hattie Larlham Street Fair, Hale Farm and Village Civil War Re-enactment, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, 2014 Race for the Cure, West Akron 5K and the Stop Bullying Festival and Walk.
According to United Way officials, volunteer opportunities are available for individuals or groups and range from working in parks to packaging donations for those in need.
RNC selects Cleveland, Dallas as 2016 finalists
WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Site Selection Committee has selected Cleveland and Dallas as finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The committee’s decision was based on a review of bids, presentations and visits to each of the cities.
Following the June 25 meeting of the RNC’s Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued a statement, which reads in part: “After extensive review, the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention. Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. …
“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City for their hard work and dedication to this effort. Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids.
“As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I’m more confident than ever that we’ll have an outstanding partner to showcase our party and our Republican nominee in 2016.”
OSBA announces Supreme Court of Ohio candidate ratings
COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Commission on Judicial Candidates completed its evaluation of candidates seeking election this year to the Supreme Court of Ohio, and has released the following ratings:
- Judith French, highly recommended
- Sharon Kennedy, declined to participate
- Thomas Letson, not recommended
- John O’Donnell, highly recommended
The 25-member panel, chaired by OSBA Past President Carol Seubert Marx, evaluated each of this year’s candidates according to the following nonpolitical criteria: legal knowledge and ability, professional competence, judicial temperament, integrity, diligence, personal responsibility and public/community service.
According to Marx, the OSBA evaluation process rates each candidate individually, and two or more candidates can receive the same rating. Candidates who receive favorable evaluations from less than 60 percent of the Commission members are rated “not recommended.” If at least 60 percent of the commission members vote in favor of a “recommended” rating, the candidate receives that rating. If the “recommended” rating is awarded, then a second vote is held to determine whether the rating of “highly recommended” will be awarded. This requires a favorable vote of at least 70 percent of the commission members. If the “highly recommended” rating is awarded, then a third vote is held to determine if the rating of “superior” will be awarded to a candidate. The rating of “superior” is awarded to any candidate receiving favorable votes from at least 80 percent of the commission members.
The commission reviewed references and materials submitted by the candidates and conducted personal inquiries among lawyers, judges and other sources. The commission interviewed the candidates in person and determined its ratings by secret ballot.
Marx said the commission was composed of herself as chair and one representative from each of the OSBA’s 18 geographic districts. Additionally, six at-large members who reflect the diversity of the organization’s 25,000 lawyer members serve as appointees of the OSBA president and Board of Governors.
Locally, Jeffrey Heintz and Melissa Graham-Hurd, of Akron, served as members of the 2014 OSBA Commission on Judicial Candidates.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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