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Trustees considering creation of Citizen Emergency Response Team

3/4/2010 - West Side Leader
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By Anne Dennee

Bath Trustee James Nelson is looking into creating a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the township.

CERT members would be trained to help respond to a major disaster in Bath by, for example, supporting first responders, providing immediate assistance to victims or organizing volunteers.

At a March 1 Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting, Nelson said he soon will send out letters and contact media outlets to publicize the CERT idea and gauge interest. This spring, the American Red Cross is offering four four-hour sessions in Akron for people interested in organizing or joining a CERT. The sessions are scheduled for May 11, 13, 18 and 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nelson hopes to recruit volunteers to attend the sessions with him and help him determine whether to establish a CERT in Bath. Those interested should call the township offices at (330) 666-4007 and ask for Helen.

In other news:

• Fire Chief James Paulett announced the Bath Fire Department was awarded a $13,965 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant, which requires a 5 percent match of $698 from Bath, will be used for an eight-hour interactive drivers training program for all department members.

Paulett also reported the department is revising a brochure on ice safety for distribution to all school children in Bath. Paulett noted the importance of taking precautions around ice, and he reminded residents not to try to rescue pets who fall into the ice. Instead, residents should call the fire department to help. Ice safety tips are listed on the fire department’s Web site, which can be found by clicking on “Fire Department” at www.bathtownship.org.

• Assistant Service Director/Park Director Michael Rorar paid tribute to the Bath Alpha Garden Club, which is disbanding after 85 years. Rorar thanked the club for its years of service and for its recent gift of $1,200 for landscaping projects in Bath’s parks.

• Police Chief Michael McNeely reported the police department is investigating a rape allegation made by a female inmate of the Cuyahoga County Jail. The woman, who McNeely said was in jail under charges by the Lakewood Police Department of receiving stolen property, said she was raped at a party in Bath but could not identify the location. McNeely said the police do not yet know the location of the alleged crime or have a suspect.

• In his report, Zoning Inspector/Administrator William Funk told trustees there were three zoning cases coming up they may find of interest. The first is a sign variance request for new tenant space being created at West Market Plaza in Montrose. Three new storefronts are being created to replace the movie theater that is no longer in operation.

Second is an application for a conditional-use permit and a zoning variance for an addition proposed by the Revere Road Synagogue, located on the corner of Smith and Revere roads.

The third application, by the developer of the Firestone Trace subdivision, is for a variance to allow for the construction of a clubhouse adjacent to the pool. The construction plans include the removal of a home located at 4115 Ira Road.

The cases will be reviewed by the Board of Zoning Appeals at a March 16 meeting to be held in the Trustees Meeting Room.

• Service Director Bob Wilson reported township representatives participated in a Feb. 3 meeting that included personnel from the Summit County Engineer’s Office and landowners affected by drainage problems along Spring Valley West Road. Since then, Bath has determined the culvert under the road requires replacement, and the board approved a resolution requesting the county engineer prepare plans and specifications to replace the crossover pipe on Spring Valley West Road.

Calendar items include April 19, when the public is invited to attend the Bath Police Department’s roll call at 3 p.m. in the police training room at the township’s Administrative Complex.

The next regular Bath Board of Trustees meeting will be March 15 at 4 p.m. at the Administration Complex, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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