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Boston Township favorable on joining JEDZ

8/21/2008 - West Side Leader
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By Kally Mavromatis

A full menu of items dominated discussions at the Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 13, chief among them a proposal to join a newly created economic development zone.

In July, the trustees were notified of a plan developed by directors for Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Hudson to collaborate on the creation of a Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ). Boston Township is being asked to place 67 acres of its Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) within the JEDZ, with the township retaining 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.

The trustees’ response was largely favorable.

“As that grows, as that hospital grows, it’s going to benefit the whole area,” said Trustee Amy Anderson, referring to plans recently announced by Summa Health System and a doctor’s group to build a new hospital in the area.

“As that develops, we’re going to develop,” she said.

However, there are some items that will need further review, including zoning revisions and the role of the fire department.

“All of these things are going to have to be discussed and talked about,” said Anderson.

On a related note, the trustees also discussed a recent request from Boston Heights, which is looking to contract with the township for EMS services. Currently Boston Heights contracts with Macedonia.

“It would really be of no benefit to our district,” said Anderson.

In addition, the township can’t match the services that Macedonia currently offers, trustees said, leaving them puzzled as to why Boston Heights is making the request.

“They’re not giving us good direction,” Anderson continued. “We need better direction on what they want.”

Also during the meeting, the trustees expressed frustration with the Summit County Engineer’s Office, which they claim does not give the township ample notification of road closures.

As an example, Anderson pointed out the closure of Everett Road. The township needs more than 24 hours notice, she said, particularly for a road as heavily traveled as Everett.

“It’s not as if we’re going around one block to detour; people are going miles to detour,” she said. “That’s not right.”

It’s also of importance to the township services, she said.

“Our fire department needs to know how to get somewhere,” she said.

However, according to Brian Stormer, director of Government Relations at the Summit County Engineer’s Office, notification was made well in advance. Stormer outlined his office’s efforts in a letter to Bill Roemer, a Republican candidate for Summit County Council District 1 who attended the meeting and offered to make inquiries for the township. A copy of the letter was made available to the West Side Leader.

In it, Stormer points out that on Aug. 11, barricade signs were placed at each of the project approaches notifying residents and motorists of the temporary, two-day, partial closure (it was open from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.). The project was conducted Aug. 13 and 14.

On Aug. 12, a news release detailing the two-day partial closure was issued to Boston, Richfield Township, Peninsula, the Valley Fire District and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

He also noted the project was “very limited in scope” and the road was open during most of the day. Further, emergency vehicles were permitted access if necessary.

In other business, the trustees:

  • reviewed bids covering flooring, the walls and other items for converting the garage where the Trustees currently meet into a meeting room;
  • approved a form that groups must fill out before holding events in the township, and that any painting on township streets must be removed after the event; and
  • decided on the use of salt instead of grit for the upcoming winter season.

The next Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting is set for Aug. 27 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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