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4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

FirstEnergy officials address tree pruning in Bath

BATH — In the midst of FirstEnergy Co.’s efforts to start pruning trees and shrubbery growing near power lines, a number of Bath residents recently voiced concern over the perceived indiscriminate manner in which the work was being performed, according to Bath Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli.

Dustin Parsons and Michael Young, with FirstEnergy, met with Sinopoli at the Bath Township Administrative Offices to discuss some of the residents’ concerns.

Sinopoli noted the following information from that meeting:

The top causes of power outages in Bath are trees that are in contact with the lines, according to Sinopoli. FirstEnergy started its pruning program to reduce the number of outages and improve safety.

A community is classified into three separate zones for deciding what gets the most priority in tree pruning. Zone 1 areas are those of highest priority. In Bath, Zone 1 extends from the substation on North Cleveland-Massillon Road and north to the township line at Everett Road. If a Zone 1 outage occurs, it will completely lock out the system to the substation and disrupt service to a broad area within the township, according to FirstEnergy officials.

“Only those trees which pose a problem for our lines are pruned or cleared,” said Young. “We try to be respectful of property owners and understand the frustration they feel in many cases.”

However, he said, “It’s important to speak directly with either me or Dustin with any questions about the tree branches and lines we maintain. Under Ohio Revised Code Section 4933.15, a utility company has the right to keep branches clear of our lines. We trim only those branches which directly affect a line and trim from conductor to sky. This means we trim from the neutral wire up past the primary wire. As far as the work we do, homeowners can also request an entire tree be removed, but our company must receive prior written permission.”

Questions concerning upcoming tree pruning in the Bath area should be directed to Dustin Parsons at 330-592-5212.


Barberton Municipal Court plans eviction seminar

BARBERTON — Christine Croce, presiding judge of the Barberton Municipal Court, has announced the court will hold a free informational eviction seminar for landlords and tenants April 23 at 5 p.m. at the Active Adult Center Barberton YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.

The seminar will provide information and answer questions about the eviction process.

Clerk of Court Diana Stevenson will discuss the requirements of filing and responding to an eviction complaint. Attorneys Joann Sahl, Bruce May, Jim Casey and John Petit will provide an overview of landlord-tenant law and offer information to help landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities. Barberton Service Bailiff Bill Braman will discuss service issues and the set-out process. 

This is an informational seminar only. No individual cases will be discussed or resolved, according to court officials.

Registration is not necessary for this free seminar, and light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact the Barberton Municipal Court at 330-861-7215.

The Barberton Municipal Court District serves the communities of Barberton, Copley, Norton, Coventry, Clinton, Green and New Franklin.


BVS Home Tour coming in May

BATH — The Bath Volunteers for Service 36th Home Tour is set for May 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., when five homes with special gardens will be featured.

Participants will pick up their tickets at the Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road, where they also can enjoy the wares of the juried artisans, which will be on display and for sale. All of the vendors will remain at the site until 3 p.m.

The luncheon created by Moe’s Catering, of Cuyahoga Falls, will be in the Fellowship Hall behind the main church. There will be the choice of two luncheon times: 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There will be informal modeling from Coquette during each of the luncheon sessions. Boxed lunches also will be available.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $40 for patrons and $70 for sponsors. Patrons will receive one Home Tour ticket and a listing in the program. In addition, sponsors can enjoy a continental breakfast, immediate home entrance and reserved luncheon seating. Sponsors also are entitled to shuttle transportation for the day. Underwriting of $200 and more will receive two sponsor tickets with all the benefits of the sponsor level. Sponsorship of $500 and more also includes invitations to the Homeowners’ Dinner May 23. The patron, sponsor, underwriter and supporter deadline for the program listing is May 3. For more information, call Mary McMakin at 330-666-7080.

The general ticket deadline is May 17. Make checks payable to Bath Volunteers for Service and mail to P.O. Box 673, Bath, OH 44210. Admission is by prepaid reservation only. For information, call 330-665-4523 or email BVSHomeTour@gmail.com.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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