West Side News & Notes
Barberton Municipal Court offering Amnesty Program
BARBERTON — Barberton Municipal Court is holding an Amnesty Program from tomorrow, Aug. 15, through Sept. 30, announced Clerk of Court Diana Stevenson.
The program is focused on citizens who have a registration block or license forfeiture through the court for nonpayment of fines and court costs. During the program period, payment of one-half of the amount owed will allow for the release of the registration block or license forfeiture, a step toward having a valid driver’s license. Citizens will be placed on an updated monthly payment plan for the balance of fines and costs they owe, according to Stevenson.
“The court realizes the importance of having a valid driver’s license,” said Administrative Judge David Fish. “The overwhelming benefit to the citizens of the district in giving those whose licenses have been blocked or forfeited the opportunity to clear those holds has compelled Judge [Todd] McKenney and I to hold the Amnesty Program this year.”
“The Amnesty Program is a win-win situation,” said McKenney. “It provides an opportunity to become a valid licensed driver, and it provides an injection of much needed funds to municipalities and the county to help maintain critical services for the public. For these reasons, I encourage people to take advantage of the Amnesty Program,” he said.
According to Stevenson, one-half of the amount owed on all traffic and criminal cases must be paid for the court to release the registration block or license forfeiture. Defendants must pay the remaining one-half on a monthly basis until paid in full and are subject to future license forfeitures or registration blocks if they do not continue to make timely monthly payments.
Payments can be made online at www.cityofbarberton.com/clerkofcourts. Other payment options for the Clerk of Court’s Office include paying in person Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday between 8 and 11:30 a.m. The clerk’s office accepts personal checks and money orders (made payable to Barberton Municipal Court), cash, Visa and MasterCard. Payments also may be mailed to Barberton Municipal Court, 576 West Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. For details on the Amnesty Program, call the clerk of court at 330-861-7191. The clerk’s office serves the communities of Barberton, Copley, Norton, Green, New Franklin, Coventry and Clinton.
Agencies offer volunteer training, opportunities
MEDINA COUNTY — The Battered Women’s Shelter and its sister agency, the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties, will offer a training program, “The Basics: Crisis Intervention,” which will equip participants with the tools necessary to support and empower individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence.
The agencies need strong, socially minded volunteers. They offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, from helping in a shelter, working community events, hospital and court advocacy, answering hotline calls and more.
Volunteer training will take place Sept. 6 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Medina County. To register, contact Brittany Paliswat at 330-860-5635 or BrittanyP@scmcbws.org. Visit www.scmcbws.org or www.rccmsc.org to learn about other upcoming training and volunteer opportunities.
Fairlawn to host collection of hazardous waste
FAIRLAWN — The City of Fairlawn will host a Household Hazardous Waste Day Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the city’s Department of Public Service, located 3330 Fairlawn Service Drive.
The event, for residents of Fairlawn only, will collect the following items: paint (oil-based and latex); solvents; miscellaneous flammable materials; pesticides; aerosols; oil; e-waste such as computers, monitors and printers; and household batteries, including alkaline, nickel cadmium and mercury.
City officials said containers with the items should be 5 gallon or less in size.
Entry routes into the Service Department will be marked the morning of the event.
For details, contact the Service Department at 330-668-9550.
Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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