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Boston trustees updated on Seasons Road pump station

7/17/2008 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Summit County Council President Nick Kostandaras (D-District 1) assured the Boston Township Board of Trustees at its July 9 meeting he would do everything possible to bring county sewer service to the township’s Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) with Cuyahoga Falls.

Kostandaras said plans for the Seasons Road pump station are proceeding, and County Council has set aside additional funds to make sure the project is built. Construction of the Seasons Road pump station, which is being driven by development in Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Hudson, is essential to bringing county sewer service to the Akron-Cleveland Road corridor, which is in the JEDD, the trustees have said. The trustees sought creation of the JEDD as a way to bring sewer and water to the corridor in hopes it would spur economic development and increase the township’s tax base.

Trustees also discussed having the township’s Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meet on different days. Currently, both boards meet successively on the same day. Board of Trustees Chairman Amy Anderson said she thought the Zoning Commission should meet on a different day from the BZA so it would have more time to work on the upcoming revision of the township’s zoning resolution. On days when there is no business before the commission, members also could work on updating and revising zoning department forms. Trustees agreed the board should be required to meet for at least one hour at each regularly scheduled meeting.

The trustees said they were not sure members of the Zoning Commission knew they were expected to perform these duties and needed to be made aware of the Board of Trustees’ expectations.

Also during the meeting, Anderson said the Valley Fire District has received a formal request from Boston Heights for a service proposal. She said possible expansion of the district to include Boston Heights would allow the communities to benefit from shared resources.

“Instead of both communities buying a $400,000 fire engine, one can buy in and all can benefit,” she said. She added, however, that including Boston Heights in the fire district would have to benefit the communities the district now serves. Valley Fire District serves the Village of Peninsula and Boston Township.

In other discussion, the board:

  • heard a presentation from a third vendor seeking to create a Web site for the township;
  • noted free smoke detectors still are available to residents from the Valley Fire District. The devices may be picked up at the fire station; and
  • Joanne Noragon will resign her position as clerk for the Valley Fire District but will remain as fiscal officer for Boston Township.

The Boston Township Board of Trustees’ next scheduled meeting is July 23 at 7 p.m. in the old equipment garage at the Boston Town Hall, located at the intersection of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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