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7/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Bath Trustees OK Ohio Public Works Commission funding

BATH — At the Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting July 21, trustees voted 2-0 in favor of approving a resolution to apply for funding from Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to reimburse the costs to repair damages caused by storms in May.

Trustee Elaina Goodrich recused herself from the vote because some of the repairs this money would fund are near her property.

According to Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli, Bath is eligible for 80 percent reimbursement from OPWC for payments made to repair damages.

Trustees also agreed to pay Ray Bertolini Trucking Inc. for construction of a retaining wall across from the cross-over repairs on Bonnebrook Drive in the amount of $24,775 with a vote of 2-0, with Goodrich again recusing herself.

Sinopoli also reported the progress of the Ghent sewer project. Sinopoli reported all underground pipelines have been installed and the contractors are now working on constructing the structures needed for each parcel.

The board’s next meeting will be Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

ADM Board seeks applicants for openings

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board is accepting applications for two vacant board positions.

The ADM Board of Directors is composed of 14 Summit County resident volunteers who provide leadership in policy formation and fund allocation. They serve as representatives of the Summit County community through appointments made by two appointing authorities: The Summit County Executive appoints eight board members and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) appoints six members. Members are appointed for a four-year term, and may be reappointed to a second four-year term.

The board accepts applications from interested community members on an ongoing basis. To submit an online application, visit www.admboard.org and click on the Board of Directors tab.

There currently are two vacancies for which interested parties are asked to submit an application by Aug. 15:

  1. An appointment from OhioMHAS specifically for a parent or other relative of an individual who has or is receiving mental health services paid for by public funds.
  2. An appointment from OhioMHAS specifically for an advocate or family member for persons receiving treatment for alcohol or drug addiction.

Montrose water tower gets facelift

COPLEY— For the next six to eight weeks, painters from a Michigan company will be working to spruce up a water tower on “The Hill” in Montrose.

City of Akron Utilities Engineer Gregg Loesch said the “Montrose tank,” located off Hunt Club Drive, is getting its first paint job since its construction in 1986 as part of the now-defunct Summit County Water Department.

Workers from MK Painting, of Michigan, have been welding supports onto the structure, giving it a pincushion-like appearance. A shroud — essentially a curtain to protect the area from dust and paint overspray — will be placed over the 8-foot-long supports, Loesch said.

The company, which will be paid more than $300,000 for the project, will sandblast the structure almost to the bare metal, prime it and apply two coats of sky blue paint, Loesch said. The inside of the structure also will be painted, necessitating its draining, he said.

Aside from needing a good paint job, the nearly 30-year-old tank is in very good shape, Loesch said. No repairs were needed before starting the painting project, he added.

Loesch said he hopes the project will be completed in six weeks, but it probably will take a couple more.

The tank, which is 160 feet tall and holds 750,000 gallons of water, is used to balance water pressure, Loesch said. It was acquired by the City of Akron in the late 1990s.

The city is using alternate means to maintain water pressure to its customers on the hill, Loesch said.

ACCESS renovating bedrooms

DOWNTOWN AKRON — According to agency officials, over the past few years, ACCESS has seen an increase in the number of bed bug sightings.

To that end, the agency has taken a proactive step and is upgrading all of its furniture from wood to metal. Unlike wooden beds, where bugs can burrow, metal beds are not a place for bed bugs to thrive, according to agency officials.

Thanks to funding from the GAR Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio, ACCESS has been able to purchase all new beds and wardrobes for its family bedrooms and singles room. Many volunteers have helped paint and clean rooms, and the last step is to redo all of the flooring.

Donations to finish the one-time project are being requested through Aug. 8 in the amounts of $600 for materials per room and $400 for delivery/installation per room.

To donate, visit https://access-shelter.org/support-us/donate.

Akron Water Reclamation Facility receives rebate

AKRON — The City of Akron recently received a $108,000 rebate check from its electric supplier, FirstEnergy, for installing new high-efficiency aeration blowers at the city’s Water Reclamation Facility.

The rebate was approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio under FirstEnergy’s Mercantile Customer Program to support the state of Ohio’s energy-efficiency mandates.

Under state law, FirstEnergy is required to meet certain energy-efficiency benchmarks and may include efficiency projects performed by its customers. In return for committing to its energy-efficiency project, the City of Akron received the cash rebate from FirstEnergy.

The new aeration blowers were installed last year as part of a mandated project to increase the facility’s wet-weather treatment capacity. The new blowers are 23 percent more efficient than the 35-year-old blowers they replaced, resulting in an annual saving of over 1.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, or enough electric power to supply 170 homes. The new blowers will save the City of Akron $154,000 annually in electrical cost for the facility.

The new high-speed turbo blowers are equipped with magnetic bearings, which are designed to maintain a physical separation of moving parts in the machine. This separation eliminates wear and heat generation caused by friction found in most rotating machinery. The advanced electronics allow the blower to operate at speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional blowers, which results in a much smaller machine and increased efficiency, according to city officials.

Over the past 20 years, the Akron Water Reclamation Facility has realized a 54 percent reduction in the amount of power consumed and a 75 percent reduction in the cost of power. Most recently, the former Compost Facility was converted into the Renewable Energy Facility that uses an anaerobic digestion process to stabilize its biosolids, and generates nearly 10 million kWh of electricity annually, or enough to power 925 homes.

“I want to thank Brian Gresser, Thomas Smith, and their team for their efforts in making our Akron Water Reclamation Facility a model facility,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic in a press release.

Additional training required for poll workers

COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has upped the ante for training poll workers with a directive that all workers undergo mandatory training prior to the Nov. 4 General Election.

The additional training, announced July 22, is an allowable discretionary measure by the attorney general, according to the directive. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, state law requires new poll workers to complete training before working the polls, and those who have previously served are required to go through retraining at least every three years. Under the directive, all poll workers must, prior to the Nov. 4 election, attend a training class covering topics such as duties and conduct of precinct election officials, handling nonvoting activity at the polling location, proper administration of the voter identification requirement and assisting provisional voters.

“With approximately 40,000 poll workers needed on Election Day, it is essential that we not only recruit qualified individuals, but also ensure that they are all prepared to serve voters,” Husted said. “Well trained poll workers are just one more way we continue to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio.”

Husted also announced grants totaling $760,000 to help county boards of election offset the costs of training. The grant money will be distributed based on the number of registered voters in the county. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, Summit County will receive $35,092 and Medina County will receive $12,041.

Anyone interested in becoming a poll worker can sign up online at www.PEOinOhio.com. To date, more than 2,100 people have signed up through the website, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Wingfoot One selected as new blimp name

AKRON — Wingfoot One has been selected as the name for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s newest airship, company officials announced July 21.

Wingfoot One was selected from nearly 15,000 names submitted in an online public contest that started four months ago. A panel of Goodyear judges narrowed the submissions to 10 finalists before a final round of public voting determined the name of the newest addition to the Goodyear fleet of airships, according to company officials.

With nearly 35 percent of the public vote, Wingfoot One received the most votes of the 10 finalists and will take its place in Goodyear airship history as the name connected with the first of a new generation of state-of-art airships, according to company officials.

Wingfoot One was the name submitted by Akron resident Charlotte White, who will receive a day of activities with Wingfoot One. The other nine finalists who submitted names will receive a set of Goodyear tires.

“Seventy-six years of living in Akron and I never got to ride on the blimp,” said White, whose stepfather retired from Goodyear. “I’m just thrilled to win the contest. I never thought it could happen. I can’t wait to ride it.”

Goodyear’s use of the Wingfoot trademark dates back to 1901, when the company first used it in advertising to promote the launch of its new Straight Side tire, according to company officials. Inspired by a statue of the Roman god Mercury in his home, Goodyear co-founder Frank Seiberling conceived of the idea of using the Wingfoot trademark as a symbol of the company’s global ambitions, according to company officials.

“The Wingfoot symbol has played a prominent role in defining the Goodyear brand for more than a century,” said Paul Fitzhenry, senior vice president, global communications. “The name Wingfoot One makes an ideal connection between our trusted, global brand and our iconic airships.”

The new blimp is in the final stages of flight-testing and will be officially christened in a ceremony next month. After the christening, Wingfoot One will travel the United States, according to company officials.

Wingfoot One is a semi-rigid, Zeppelin model LZ N07-101 assembled at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake airship hangar in Portage County.

During its operational history, Goodyear has built more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles, including two large rigid airships — the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron, according to company officials. This is the first semi-rigid airship to be built in the 95-year history of Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake hangar. The new airship model replaces the previous GZ-20A model that flew for 45 years, company officials said.

Ariel Hakim, Julia Kazar, Stephanie Kist and Pam Lifke contributed to these reports.

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