Coventry fire department utilizing grant money

COVENTRY — The Coventry Township Fire Department continues to utilize grant money to purchase necessary equipment and supplies for other needs, at no cost to taxpayers. This matter was discussed at the April 13 regular meeting of the Coventry Board of Trustees, which approved buying fireproof vests for the department, utilizing remaining grant dollars to make the purchase. The board […]

Akron Council, BOE delve into issues

Overdose stats, high school academy plans shared DOWNTOWN AKRON — From the continuing challenges of the opiate epidemic to an overview of new housing and education initiatives in the city, members of Akron City Council and the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education (BOE) delved into a range of issues at a joint meeting April 12. While the last […]

Bath trustees authorize new parking lot design

The Bath Board of Trustees took steps at the April 17 meeting to alleviate a longstanding parking problem at the township administrative complex. Trustees approved hiring architect David W. Smith for design and construction administration of a new parking lot to be constructed at 1206 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, just south of the Administration Building. Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli said the […]

Springfield trustees move to demolish garage

After giving renters and owners of a Tritt Avenue property time to deal with a dilapidated garage, Springfield trustees voted 2-1 at the April 13 meeting, with Deborah Davis absent to attend a meeting on emergency preparedness, to demolish the structure. According to Trustee Dean Young, the Summit County Building Department condemned the garage in 2015 because the roof and […]

Highland board learns results of new building surveys

The Highland Local Schools Board of Education heard a presentation at the board’s meeting April 17 regarding the results of surveys taken about proposals for new school buildings. The district held eight sessions in February so community members could provide feedback regarding the district’s aging facilities. Superintendent Catherine Aukerman has said current options are to maintain the elementary schools’ current […]

Summit first autism-friendly county in Ohio

Summit County Council declared the county an autism-friendly community April 17, the first in Ohio to do so. “That’s a really amazing milestone for Summit County and Ohio to achieve,” Stow Mayor Sara Kline told Council. Kline is serving as chair of the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) and has an 18-year-old daughter with […]

Council chambers receives electronic upgrades

Fairlawn has upgraded the electronic presentation equipment in City Hall’s Council chambers, including the addition of two new 80-inch high-definition televisions and assisted-listening devices. Christopher Randles, commissioner of Fairlawn’s Zoning, Housing and Residential Building Department, said at the April 17 Council meeting the equipment, which cost “less than $10,000” total, will help with electronic plan submissions for Board of Zoning […]

Akron rolls out medical marijuana plan

Also, questions remain on tax abatement proposal DOWNTOWN AKRON — City of Akron officials want to enact local laws to regulate medical marijuana businesses before prospective operators seek state approval to enter the budding industry. An ordinance regarding regulations for the cultivation, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana was introduced to Akron City Council April 17. A public hearing is […]

Board hears first-year details of three-year plan

Manchester Local Schools officials heard the first-year report for 2015-16 of the three-year plan at the Board of Education meeting April 18. The three-year plan is a revolving document that is an educational guide for the district that evaluates the performance of many areas, according to district officials. The plan was developed with input from teachers and administrators, according to […]

Sharon officials discuss spring projects

The Sharon Board of Trustees and other township officials went over some maintenance projects for the spring season at the board’s meeting April 11. Service Director Bob Turek reported he met with an insurance adjuster regarding wind damage on the roof of the Administration Building. He said he is considering contacting Hinckley Roofing to assist in repairing the damage. Trustee […]

Lakemore gearing up for police department

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village will have its own police department patrolling the village again this summer. Village officials are putting the pieces together now so the department will officially be back in place by June. At the April 17 meeting, Council heard first reading of several pieces of legislation establishing compensation rates for positions within the department. In January, Council […]

Township officials addressing opiate epidemic

COVENTRY — Coventry officials are hoping to make a difference in the opioid epidemic through the roll out of Coventry Fire Department’s quick response teams (QRT) and by making information about help for drug addicts more readily available. Officials will discuss the current state of the opiate epidemic and how the teams will help, and offer displays of information about […]

Boston BZA fees going up

Applicants seeking a zoning variance through the Boston Township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will now be required to foot the bill for a mandated court reporter. The trustees approved a change in fees at the April 12 meeting. Currently, fees for advertising associated with the variance request are built into the applicant’s nonrefundable $200 site plan review fee, according […]

Coventry Schools levy renewal ‘crucial’ for district

COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools is attempting to secure an important component needed for a more comfortable financial future. The school district has placed on the May 2 Primary/Special Election ballot Issue No. 16, a renewal of a $2.88 million emergency levy. District officials are hopeful voters will understand the need for the passage of the levy. “We are trying […]

Norton residents voice support for coach

Controversy over the Norton High School varsity boys basketball coach dominated much of the April 17 Norton City Schools Board of Education meeting. Supporters of coach Rod Swartz gathered at the school entrance well before the meeting bearing signs that demanded his retention. Swartz was notified that Superintendent David Dunn will not recommend he receive a supplemental contract to coach […]