Fiscal emergency to end for Coventry

COVENTRY — After more than two-and-a-half years in fiscal emergency, Coventry Local School District officials are closing in on financial conditions that will bring the district out of that designation. State Auditor Dave Yost placed Coventry Schools into fiscal emergency Dec. 4, 2015, after then Treasurer Matt Muccio, who had been hired July 2015, announced the district would be unable […]

Granger trustees address zoning matters

Granger officials discussed zoning issues raised by a resident at the May 29 Granger Board of Trustees meeting. Resident Michael Moehring, who previously addressed a zoning matter regarding a snow plowing business on Ridge Road, requested an update on the issue. Zoning Inspector Bill Meyerhoff explained the business was given a deadline to fill out an application for C2 (Commercial) […]

Fairlawn sets new regulations for farm animals

FAIRLAWN — During the June 4 meeting, Fairlawn City Council unanimously approved an ordinance setting new regulations for farm animals in the city. “Previously, we had no regulation of farm animals, at least for being kept on a property,” Fairlawn Law Director Bryan Nace said. “We also had no regulations regarding chickens or fowl. So, this provides regulations and sets […]

Akron Council debates trash, recycling fees

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council continued its discussion on trash and recycling collection fees during the June 4 meeting. On May 7, Council members were presented with an ordinance proposing the elimination of a $2.50 discount on curbside trash collection to those who recycle, as well as the establishment of an annual increase based on the municipal cost index, […]

Village defines water, sewer rates for mobile homes

LAKEMORE — At a brief regular meeting June 4, Lakemore Village Council unanimously approved legislation determining an applicable water charge for a mobile home park within the community. According to the approved legislation, introduced by Council President Richard Cole, the village saw a need to define the water and sewer base rates for mobile home parks located in Lakemore. The […]

Council members sign Habitat’s Beloved Community pledge

Summit County Council members signed a banner to pledge support for the Beloved Community initiative of Habitat for Humanity of Summit County at the June 4 meeting. Rochelle Sibbio, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, presented the banner. Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro also attended Sibbio’s presentation and signed the banner. The initiative began with an […]

Norton Council OKs wage increases for safety personnel

Norton City Council approved during the May 29 meeting two collective bargaining agreements that authorize pay increases for full-time police officers and part-time firefighters. According to the legislation, the agreement with the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics R7-26, which runs from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2019, includes retroactive 2 percent wage increases in 2017 and 2018, followed […]

Copley planning more security at recycle center

COPLEY — For the past several years, Copley Township has received more than $17,000 in Community Recycling Access Grant (CRAG) funding from Summit ReWorks, formerly known as the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority. According to Copley officials, this funding has traditionally gone toward the township’s “organic diversion,” or brush collection program, as well as recycling education throughout the community and […]

Norton school board holds off on eliminating positions

Board approves pay-to-participate fees The Norton City Schools Board of Education held off June 4 on approving a resolution that would reduce and eliminate several positions due to the financial condition of the district. Due to the May defeat of the district’s 3.5-mill continuing levy, the board is considering reducing the hours of 35 employees — all special education assistants […]

Trustees hear update on Surface Water Management District

The Bath Board of Trustees heard a report on the status of the Summit County Surface Water Management District at the June 4 meeting. Dave Koontz, representing the Summit County Engineer’s Office, appeared before the trustees to update them on the surface water management program. Bath officially joined the district last December. Koontz said the district’s purpose is to prevent […]