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Heritage Woods residents ask for four-way stop at intersection

8/14/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

New Chief Fire Inspector Jim Logsdon, at left, was sworn in by Copley Fire Chief Michael Benson at the Aug. 6 Copley Township Board of Trustees meeting. Logsdon, a Wadsworth resident, has been a firefighter/paramedic with the Copley Fire Department for 15 years.
Photo: Pam Lifke
Residents of the Heritage Woods development in Copley Township appeared Aug. 6 before the Board of Trustees to request a four-way stop sign at Redfield Lane and Ridge Crest Drive.

Terri Hanlin, a Redfield Lane resident, said a four-way stop would slow drivers and make the area safer for more than 10 children who live near the intersection. Hanlin was one of about a dozen residents — including several children under age 10 — who attended the meeting.

Although she has no young children of her own, Hanlin said she was concerned about drivers who speed while using the residential streets as a cut-through to state Route 18. At one time, Ridge Crest Drive was a dead-end street, Hanlin said. However, the street was opened when a new development was built, making a four-way intersection at the corner of Ridge Crest Drive and Redfield Lane, she said.

Hanlin said she is “passionate” about the safety of the children in her neighborhood, which has no sidewalks. Hanlin said she had done traffic counts on different days and at different times and the neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday evenings “looks like Montrose.”

A trailer that measures vehicle speed was placed in the area and Hanlin said she observed some cars slowing to the 25 mph speed limit while others would accelerate when they saw their speeds displayed. She asked for increased enforcement of the speed limit. “If someone is going 35 in a residential neighborhood, they deserve a ticket, not a warning,” she said.

Trustees passed a resolution requesting the Summit County Engineer’s Office to initiate traffic counts at the intersection. This is the first step in determining if a four-way stop is warranted, according to Copley officials.

In other business, trustees approved Morgan Robinette’s Eagle Scout project plan to build three handicapped-accessible picnic tables to be placed adjacent to the front parking lot at Copley Community Park. The cedar tables would be placed on concrete pads poured by the township’s Service Department. Robinette said he expected his project to be completed by September.

Jim Logsdon, a 15-year veteran of the Copley Fire Department, was sworn in as chief fire inspector. Logsdon, a Wadsworth resident, was a firefighter/paramedic with the department.

In related action, Fire Chief Michael Benson was granted approval to use Poly-Tech Associates Investigative Safety and Security Group to conduct a promotional assessment for the position of fire lieutenant, which became vacant when Chris Bowers was promoted to fire captain, and for an internal hiring process for the vacant position of full-time firefighter paramedic left open by Logsdon’s promotion. Benson said current part-time firefighter/paramedics will be considered for the open full-time position. The two Poly-Tech contracts totaled $25,000.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the 2014 Summit County Job Creation and Preservation Memorandum of Understanding;
  • approved a resolution declaring 2517 Betula Ave. a nuisance and ordered removal of vegetation and debris from the property;
  • approved resolutions congratulating Copley Feed and Supply on its 75 years in business, Rizzi’s Ristorante and Pizzeria on its more than 50 years in business and the West Side Leader on its 30 years in business;
  • approved a $1,200 purchase order for the City of Akron radio communications department to reconfigure the township tornado siren to 800 megahertz radio operation; and
  • approved purchase orders and change orders for Service Department road projects.

The board’s next regular meeting will be Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at Copley Town Hall, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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