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County ordinance may pave way for Copley flood relief

8/28/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee (D-District 5) told the Copley Board of Trustees at the Aug. 20 meeting an amended county ordinance may mean federal help for township flooding victims.

Lee said County Council in August added a second definition of “substantial flood damage” to the county ordinance. The new definition includes homeowners who have been flooded on two occasions in the past 10 years and require repairs that equal at least 25 percent of the home’s preflood market value. The ordinance already defined substantial damage as damage from a single flooding event that required repairs equal to 50 percent of the home’s market value, Lee said.

The new definition may help some homeowners, including those on Sunny Acres Road, who have had flooding on multiple occasions, obtain assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Lee said. The assistance is available only for properties above the flood zone, she said.

Copley residents affected by flooding will receive a letter from County Council regarding the new definition and assistance that may be available to eligible homeowners, Lee said.

Two police officers were sworn in at the meeting. Samantha Hose was sworn in as a full-time officer and Dan Rafferty as a part-time officer. Hose is the second full-time female police officer on the force.

Service Director Mark Mitchell reported demolition of the Copley Community Center is complete. The contractor is continuing cleanup of the site and soon will move on to demolish the pavilion on Sunset View Drive. The community center was demolished in preparation for construction of a new township police department building.

Trustees agreed to renew the township’s popular Senior Snowplow Program for another winter. The program, funded with cable franchise fees paid to the township, clears driveways for township senior citizens. Mitchell said snowplow drivers were called out 11 times last winter and the program cost the township $35,000. Trustees approved a $10,000 blanket certificate to cover the cost of the program in November and December.

Also at the meeting, Sylvia Chinn-Levy was appointed to serve as an alternate to the township Board of Zoning Appeals for the remainder of an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2015.

In other business, James Adair, of Redfield Lane, appeared at the meeting to ask trustees about traffic counts at the intersection of Redfield Lane and Ridge Crest Drive in the Heritage Woods development. Homeowners near the intersection appeared at an earlier meeting to request a four-way stop at the intersection. Trustees authorized the Summit County Engineer’s Office to initiate traffic counts.

Tim Boley, highway/drainage section manager for the Engineer’s office, said initial traffic counts at the intersection were far from the number required to warrant a four-way stop sign. However, he said the Engineer’s Office still had to gather information about how fast motorists travel on the streets. If it is found motorists speed through the area, a smaller traffic count is needed to warrant a sign, he said.

Several small children live near the intersection and two bus stops are located nearby, residents stated at the earlier meeting. The neighborhood has no sidewalks.

In other action, the board:

  • declared 3013 Colon Drive and 1138 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road nuisances and ordered the removal of vegetation and/or debris and trash from the properties;
  • approved an independent contractor agreement with Lydia Wochna for fire prevention and safety instruction at $22.96 per hour, a 2 percent increase;
  • approved the purchase of a fire hose at a cost of $15,000;
  • approved training for police and fire personnel;
  • approved an $8,500 change order adding chip seal paving for Sollman Avenue and Theresa and Hull drives;
  • approved the replacement of a hot water tank at Stony Hill Station at a cost of $2,825. The cost will be split with Bath Township;
  • authorized the purchase of property at 1289 Sunset Drive in the amount of $52,000; and
  • authorized the sale of a fire department rescue truck to Summit County for $135,000.

The board’s next meeting is Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. at Copley Town Hall, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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