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Boston trustees gathering info on JEDD vs. JEDZ

7/31/2008 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Boston Township trustees at their July 23 meeting discussed a proposal to place 67 acres of the township’s Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) within a larger Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ).

The trustees were notified of the plan in a July 21 letter from Susan Truby, Cuyahoga Falls director of development. In the letter, Truby said planning directors for Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Hudson have been meeting regularly to collaborate on the development of a zone that would “positively affect the future growth of the Seasons Road interchange area.”

Truby said Boston Township would retain its 40 percent share of income taxes generated within its JEDD. The 60 percent now allocated to Cuyahoga Falls would be split equally among Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Hudson, she wrote. Participation in the JEDZ also would not change any other element of the Boston-Cuyahoga Falls JEDD, Truby’s letter stated.

The trustees were invited to attend a July 30 meeting to discuss the proposal in more detail.

Also at the meeting, the trustees questioned Peninsula Police Chief Jim McCue about the large number of responses by police to alarm drops within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Boston contracts with the Peninsula Police Department to provide police protection to the township. The chief’s report said the department responded to 11 alarm drop calls in June.

Trustee Amy Anderson asked McCue if they could bill the park for those calls. McCue said he did not think the park could be billed because the calls were provided under a mutual-aid contract.

“Our residents don’t benefit from that (responding to calls within the park),” Anderson said, and questioned McCue about the origin of the mutual-aid contract.

“Our residents are paying for that, and we didn’t agree to a mutual-aid agreement,” Anderson said.

McCue said he would rather respond to the calls and “catch the bad guys” before they move on to commit crimes within the township.

“These places you are going to (within the park) do not pay property taxes. They are a drain on our resources,” Anderson added.

The trustees also said they had received letters from Boston Town Hall Committee (BTHC) members and the organization’s rental manager complaining about the trustees giving permission for a township resident to set up a booth on Boston Town Hall property during Peninsula Python Days. Boston Township owns the property and leases it to the BTHC.

The trustees said they granted permission for the booth only because they viewed it as participation in a community event.

Also at the meeting, Anderson said Valley Fire District officials will meet soon to develop a proposal to provide fire and EMS services for Boston Heights. The district is funded by and serves the Village of Peninsula and Boston.

In other discussion, the board:

  • authorized the township attorney to file a motion consolidating lawsuits filed by All-Ohio Landscaping;
  • changed its policy on bike and running races to eliminate the requirement for a Summit County parade permit; and
  • awarded a contract to design a township Web site to Ted Lyons. Lyons created the Your Community News Web site at www.ycn-online.net. Anderson is listed as a member of the editorial and production staff for Your Community News.

The next Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting is set for Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. in the old equipment garage at Boston Town Hall, located at the intersection of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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