South Side News & Notes

New Franklin residents  invited to weigh in on city’s comprehensive plan

Graphic courtesy of the City of New Franklin

NEW FRANKLIN — The City of New Franklin and Poggemeyer Design Group Inc. (PDG) will host a “public visioning event” May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lakes Event Center, 4315 Manchester Road.
According to city officials, the event is an opportunity for residents to share ideas for the future of New Franklin. They added the city’s comprehensive plan project will help determine the community’s goals and aspirations related to economic development, land use, transportation, infrastructure, public safety, housing, revitalization, recreation and preservation of resources.
City officials noted the public envisioning event is designed to “deepen citizen engagement in the comprehensive plan process, promote awareness of change, and give residents a stronger sense of control over the future of the city.”
“We want this process to be driven by the residents, not city administration,” said New Franklin Communications Manager Katie Smith. ”Representatives from each department will be available as needed as resources, but we’re putting this in the hands of Poggemeyer, the steering committee and the community.”
Lauren Falcone, vice president and planning department manager for PDG, added: “Public input is very important and community visioning offers the public a way to deepen their involvement and provide a strong sense of control over their community’s destiny.”
Other opportunities for residents to take part in the comprehensive plan project throughout the year include a public survey in July and community workshop events from September through November.
For more information, visit www.newfranklin.org and click on the Comprehensive Plan link or contact Smith at ksmith@newfranklin.org or 330-882-4324.

— Brian Lisik


Living Green Task Force to host clean water presentation

GREEN — The City of Green Living Green Task Force will host a Clean Water Town Hall May 19 at 6 p.m. at Central Park Community Hall, 1755 Town Park Blvd.
This event will feature watershed specialists Maia Peck and Stephanie Deibel. Peck is watershed planner and GIS specialist for the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning & Development Organization (NEFCO), a part of the regional team developing the Portage Lakes Management Study. Deibel is watershed coordinator for the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District. They will focus on the health of the Portage Lakes, Green and the region’s surrounding watershed.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Living Green Task Force is hosting several town halls this year to highlight its focus areas — water, trees, clean air and energy, healthy community, and waste management — according to city officials.
“The Portage Lakes is an asset to the City of Green and greater Summit County area,” said Jeff Noble, Green City Councilman and Portage Lakes Advisory Council president. “Improving the water quality of the Portage Lakes is critical to maintaining its recreational viability and the property values of residents who live around and adjacent to the lakes.”
Also at the May 19 event, the Task Force will honor Kyle Lukes, Task Force chair since 2012, for his years of service as the Lukes family moves out of Green.
There is no registration required to attend this event.


Kiwanis collecting shoes

COVENTRY — The Portage Lakes Kiwanis is extending their Shoe Drive through May.
For this event, gently worn, used and new shoes are being accepted at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes.
According to club officials, recycled shoe donations will be gathered daily for international distribution, and funds raised from this endeavor will help fund programming and financial support to the youth of Portage Lakes through activities such as Easter Egg Hunt, scholarships and the Santa Delivery. For more details, visit www.plkiwanis.org.
In addition, this fundraising program supports climate and sustainability efforts by repurposing donated shoes, helping micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations and creating jobs for American workers.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

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