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County Council honors D.A.R.E. educator

8/7/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Bath Elementary School teacher Sandy Kahoe received a commendation from Summit County Council Aug. 4 as Ohio’s 2014 D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year.
Photo: Ariel Hakim
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Following a month-long annual recess, Summit County Council returned for a regular meeting Aug. 4.

Councilman Bill Roemer (R-at large) began the meeting by presenting a commendation to Sandy Kahoe, who was named Ohio’s 2014 D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year. Kahoe is a Richfield resident and fifth-grade teacher at Bath Elementary School.

Kahoe fought Stage 2 breast cancer earlier this year, he said.

“Because of her dedication to the D.A.R.E. program, she came back to school as quickly as possible,” Roemer said.

D.A.R.E. Officer Mike Simmons, of the Richfield Police Department, nominated her for the honor, he said.

Also at the meeting, four pieces of legislation passed on first reading, as well as three motions. Council additionally heard first readings of 30 other items, which are expected to be discussed in committee meetings next week.

Two action items were related to the county’s proposed 0.25 percent sales and use tax increase, rescinding the original ballot proposal and supplying language without mention of funding a Downtown Akron arena.

In other business, Council approved a contract for printing and mailing notices to nearly 150,000 homeowners with reappraisal values.

Dennis Menendez, representing the county’s Fiscal Office, said 2014 is a sexennial reappraisal year whereby representatives of the Fiscal Office go out and physically look at every property in the county.

The fiscal officer does “road shows,” first sending mailers out to all owner-occupied houses, which gives people an opportunity to review the information and address any errors prior to the tax being done, he said.

The first road show is set for Sept. 2 in Fairlawn, said Menendez, calling for first reading passage of the legislation to spend $96,200 for printing and mailing with RR Donnelley.

Also on first reading, Council approved an agreement with the City of Fairlawn to share costs for inspection services required for pavement maintenance projects on Ridgewood Road.

Council also held the first of two public hearings on the vacation of portions of Reserve and Fineview avenues in Copley.

Both sections of road are unimproved road right-of-ways, according to a petition prepared by Ralph Palmisano, attorney for property owner Paul Thomarios.

No members of the public spoke on behalf of or against the vacations, but Palmisano said they would allow Thomarios to expand his business, potentially adding 25 to 30 new jobs.

The final public hearing will be held next week, according to Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Russ Pry.

In other action, Council confirmed the following:

  • the reappointment of Constance Hesske to the Audit Committee for a two-year term;
  • the reappointments of Deborah Matz, with alternate Bob McDowall, and Jill Skapin, with alternate Tina Merlitti, to the Emergency Management Executive Committee, both for one-year terms; and
  • the appointment of Ross Nicholson to replace Don Gallimore to the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO) Intergovernmental Review Committee, for a one-year term retroactive to Jan. 1, as well as the appointments of Michael Vinay as City of Barberton Mayor William Judge’s first alternate, replacing Elwood Palmer, and Joe Stefan as second alternate to the NEFCO Intergovernmental Review Committee and the NEFCO Policy Committee.

Council will next meet for committee meetings Aug. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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