New Fairlawn Council members eager to serve city

FAIRLAWN — The two newest members of Fairlawn’s City Council both said they are excited about the opportunity of stepping up to represent their fellow residents. Both new members — Maria Williams (Ward 1) and Michael Detorakis (Ward 5) — ran unopposed this past November. Williams won the seat formerly held by Rick Herbert, who did not file for re-election, […]

Sharon trustees welcome new zoning members

The Sharon Board of Trustees appointed new members to the township’s Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) at the Jan. 23 meeting. Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller announced the board appointed Debbie Gabriel to a five-year term on the Zoning Commission, and Evan O’Malley and Joe Kunzler were appointed as first and second alternates, respectively, on the Zoning Commission. […]

County eyeing future financial challenges

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council heard reports of future budget shortfalls at the Jan. 29 meeting. Budget and Finance Director Brian Nelsen presented the 2017 year-end budget update to Council. While his report showed short-term good news, the county faces projected deficits beginning in 2019. He began by noting the good news for the time being. According to his […]

Trustees pledge funds for county turn lane project

Copley Township trustees pledged at the Jan. 23 regular board meeting to help with the design costs of a proposed Summit County project to construct turn lanes on Ridgewood and South Cleveland-Massillon roads but stopped short of earmarking the $100,000 requested by the county Engineer’s Office. “We’ll do it, but we would like to see an invoice,” said board President […]

State approves district’s revised recovery plan

COVENTRY — Financial Planning and Supervision Commission officials announced at their Jan. 26 meeting the state superintendent of public instruction has approved changes adopted at the last commission meeting that will relax some requirements for Coventry Local Schools. According to Commission Secretary Bob Foss, as of next month, the commission will only need to approve purchase orders of $25,000 or […]

Familiar face back on Akron school board

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Ginger Baylor returned to the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education this year after four years of experience as the office manager for U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-District 11). She was elected to the seat in November. “When I left the school board in 2013, I didn’t want to,” she recalled. “It would have been a […]

Land swap could lead to new homes

Also, Akron City Council makes holiday honoring Native Americans official DOWNTOWN AKRON — The ball is rolling toward breaking ground on what Akron city officials say would be the largest batch of new single-family housing in the city this century. Akron City Council’s Planning Committee got a first look Jan. 29 at the potential transformation of land where the former […]

Green mayor discusses ‘stronger’ city

GREEN — The City of Green is “strong,” but it can be “stronger.” This was the message Mayor Gerard Neugebauer conveyed to the approximately 150 people who packed Raintree Country Club Jan. 25 for the annual State of the City Address. Neugebauer unwrapped his 45-minute speech before members of City Council, employees of Green, local officials and dignitaries, the business […]

New board members steering district forward

COVENTRY — Financial concerns ultimately led two Coventry Township residents to run for the Coventry Local Schools Board of Education and have them now eyeing possible changes that could strengthen the district’s fiscal position in the years to come. Josh Hostetler and Ron Reed were successful in their election efforts in November, each earning a seat on the board. The […]

Springfield trustees offer details on trash contract

At the Jan. 25 meeting, the Springfield Township Board of Trustees discussed more details about the township’s contract with Republic Waste for trash hauling and recycling. According to Trustee Deborah Davis, the agreement, which begins March 1, includes a nonexclusive contract with Republic Waste that offers free recycling to be picked up every other week, along with two carts — […]

Boston trustees approve trash contract

The Boston Township Board of Trustees voted in favor of awarding the township’s trash-hauling contract to Kimble Cos. Rumpke Waste & Recycling was the other bidder, as representatives from both companies appeared at the previous meeting. Kimble’s rate was $15.22 per month plus $3.07 per additional bag. Rumpke’s offer was $21.50 per month with a $3.50 bag fee. In other […]