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Plans for administration building still being worked out

8/14/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Township Trustee Jeff Shupe said at the Aug. 7 Board of Trustees meeting that a new administration building “is not going to happen this year.”

Shupe said he met recently with a builder and a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the building, which would be constructed near the service garage on Boston Mills Road.

The trustees already have had two rounds of bids come in over their budget.

“The size was originally 1,700 square feet,” he said. “One story is the way to go, instead of two stories with a basement, as we had planned. We’d like to reduce the size to 1,400 to 1,500 square feet.”

The next step will be to devise a plan for the structure and get it approved by the county, he said.

Also at the meeting, trustees discussed the cost of replacing mailboxes damaged by snowplows and weed trimmers, or those that have rotting wooden posts. Remec said the last time the township had to replace a mailbox, it cost $658.50.

The trustees also discussed limiting the township’s cost to $50 per mailbox, but Jankura pointed out that residents of some subdivisions are required to have certain types of mailboxes. She advocated talking with leaders of the housing communities.

The trustees also amended their rules for meetings. Residents who want to speak during the “Citizen’s Forum” must sign in at the podium.

“The chair may recognize the public during the discussion of (a) resolution, but not after the motion has been made to adopt,” the amendment states.

In addition, the trustees authorized the expense of $9,000 to the state auditor for the township’s biennial financial audit, which will cover 2012 and 2013.

In other news:

  • Police Chief Keith Morgan reported his department has received grants for new handheld radios, as well as tablets to replace the laptop computers in the police cars.
    “We’ll have one tablet per officer instead of per car,” he said. “That way, officers will be able to upload photos and videos.”
    Morgan also said that Vuki, Richfield’s police dog that retired in 2011, recently died. Vuki served Richfield for nine years.
  • Assistant Fire Chief Phil McLean reported an increase in car crashes near the Interstate 271 construction area.
    He also said the Richfield Fire Department is planning to practice its firefighting skills on two small barns on Columbia Road.
  • Trustee Bob Luther announced residents will be able to drop off old tires and car batteries on Sept. 6 at Luther’s Farm Market on Alger Road. The trustees agreed to spend up to $1,000 to have them disposed of by Lightner Tire Co. in Akron.
  • Township Administrator Mindy Remec said the township received its first textile recycling payment from Simple Recycling. The amount was $7.09, or a penny a pound.
  • Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney presented a zoning amendment that would give the township the authority to enforce the county’s ordinance regarding noxious weeds and rank vegetation.
    However, Trustee President Janet Jankura’s motion to propose the amendment to the Zoning Commission and the Summit County Planning Commission was not seconded.

The next Richfield Township trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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