2017-05-18

Sharon trustees reconsidering gazebo project


After some discussion during the May 9 meeting, the Sharon Board of Trustees agreed to re-evaluate the project to replace the wooden gazebo on Sharon Circle. Last month, trustees agreed to purchase a white vinyl 18-foot octagon gazebo from American Landscape Structures for $25,389. The cost included everything but installing electricity and setting the posts, according to township Service Director […]

Fairlawn police chief retiring


During the May 15 Fairlawn City Council meeting, Mayor William Roth announced Police Chief Kenneth Walsh will retire effective June 4. “Ken has served in our city for over 20 years as the police chief and he has done a fantastic job for our city,” the mayor said. “[His] professionalism through the years has been very well received and very […]

Manchester board placing levy renewal on ballot


During the May 16 meeting, the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education took the first of two steps needed to place a renewal of an operating levy on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot. The 5.99-mill operating levy was first passed in 2013, said Treasurer Jennifer Rucker. Operating levies are used for salaries, health insurance, textbooks, transportation, extracurricular activities, contract […]

Norton board approves new varsity boys basketball coach


The Norton City Schools Board of Education approved a contract for the new varsity boys basketball coach at the May 15 meeting. The decision not to renew the supplemental contract for longtime boys coach Rod Swartz had sparked protests at the previous board meeting with numerous residents addressing the board to argue the decision should be overturned. When asked after […]

Coventry continuing beautification efforts


Coventry Township has kicked off its Keep Coventry Beautiful campaign for 2017. Just like last year, plans are coming together to plant flowers around the community. At a brief regular Coventry Township Board of Trustees meeting May 11, local resident and volunteer Sue Johns shared her plans to spread beauty around Coventry this spring and summer. “We have 5,000 flowers […]

Sharon Elementary parents offer mixed opinions on program


Also, Highland Pride Award winners, results of building survey announced Several parents of Sharon Elementary School students spoke at the May 15 Highland Local Schools Board of Education meeting to voice their views on a new leadership program. The Leader in Me program, recently adopted by Sharon Elementary School, is a school transformation process that teaches modern leadership and life […]

Springfield trustees award Time Warner Cable scholarships


Three Springfield High School seniors each received $1,000 Time Warner Cable Fund scholarships at the May 11 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting. According to trustees, the scholarships come from funds raised through the cable franchise fee collected by the township from Time Warner Cable. Officials added a committee reviewed student applications, which included the redaction of all personal information such […]

County pushing state for help rehabbing blight


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council would like to send a message to state legislators: They like they idea of a program that would provide grant funds to improve abandoned and blighted properties. Council adopted a resolution on first reading May 15 expressing support for a proposed amendment to the state’s biennium budget that would create such a program. The […]

Springfield district focusing on energy conservation


While the 2016-17 school year is wrapping up, Springfield Local Schools is gearing up to take cost-savings measures at the district’s buildings. At the May 16 meeting, the Springfield Board of Education approved a school energy performance contracting project, as proposed by Energy Optimizers USA LLC. “It is phenomenal what this program will save. I am excited,” said board member […]

Akron Council OKs complete streets body


Also, fatal fire raises issues on preparedness DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council approved May 15 the creation of a new city commission that would weigh in on making street improvements that benefit walkers and bicyclists, as well as vehicles. The unanimous approval of the ordinance will result in a new Complete, Livable and Green Streets Advisory Commission. According to […]

Boston trustees discuss road closures


Boston Mills Road will be closed in the area around the Ohio Turnpike bridge this summer. Jason Fisher, of Great Lakes Construction, was at the Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting May 10 to discuss the detour plans. Fisher said his company is working with the Ohio Turnpike Commission to replace the bridge decks on Boston Mills and Olde Eight […]