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Village residents seek sewer transparency


PENINSULA — Peninsula Village Council heard from residents about a potential sewer project May 10.
Councilman John Krusinski said the village has been deemed to be in violation of the Clean Water Act by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for 20 years and has been told if the village keeps moving forward on efforts to address this, it would not receive a referral to the Attorney General’s office or daily fines.
The village has received a $7.5 million federal grant from the American Rescue Plan Act that is being passed through to the village from Summit County to use on water and sewer improvements. Solicitor Brad Bryan said the village has until 2026 to spend the money.
According to a study completed by Environmental Design Group, the recommended site for a wastewater treatment plant is on village-owned land used to store material along Akron-Peninsula Road in the northeast corner of the village.
Residents Amy Frank-Hensley, Kathy Bertsch and Kathy Zielinski led a group that called for the village to be transparent with residents about the project and presented Council with signatures from village residents. Resident Richard Slocum added people would not want to live in condominiums or sit outside at a restaurant located close to the treatment plant.
Krusinski, who said he attends weekly meetings with Cuyahoga Valley National Park officials, told the audience the village would regularly share what it is legally able to on the matter.
In other news, the annual meeting between Council and the Boston Township Board of Trustees resulted in the renewal of the 1-mill maintenance tax for the Union Cemetery Association for the upkeep of Boston and Cedar Grove cemeteries. All nine Council members and trustees voted to keep the tax, which is inside millage and not voted on by the public.
According to the Association’s 2021 annual report, prepared by Boston Township Trustee Amy Anderson, total income was $68,895, with 82 percent coming from taxes. Expenses were $60,561, which left a checking account balance of $40,654.
In other business, Fiscal Officer Katie Iaconis reported the village had an increase in revenue from the Joint Economic Development District and income tax.
Also, Councilman George Haramis stated he is meeting with representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation to discuss submitting an application for the Scenic Byways program.
Council approved a May 17 work session to discuss the purchase of photo-taking speed enforcement lasers for the Peninsula Police Department and a resolution amending the employee position list.
The next regular Council meeting is set for June 14 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Council room in Peninsula Village Hall, located at 1582 Main St., at the corner of state Route 303 and Akron-Peninsula Road.

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