Norton voters to see charter amendments

Ballot issue on Primary move also set for Akron voters NORTON — Sept. 7 was the Summit County Board of Elections’ filing deadline for charter amendments for the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. At a special meeting Sept. 4, Norton City Council agreed to place six proposed charter amendments, Issues 21-26, on the ballot. According to the ballot language, Issue […]

Improvements ahead for Barney’s Busy Corners in Cuyahoga Falls

In the future, traffic could flow quite differently through a bustling intersection in the southeast corner of the City of Cuyahoga Falls to improve safety and efficiency for motorists. City officials are looking to reconfigure Barney’s Busy Corners, the six-road intersection of Howe and Northwest avenues and Tallmadge, Brittain and Bailey roads. At the Sept. 10 regular meeting, Council unanimously […]

New Franklin saving on health insurance

Council also considering merging dispatch services with Green NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Council entered an agreement to provide its full-time employees and elected officials with medical benefits with its self-insurance plan at the Sept. 5 meeting. To do this, the city entered agreements with a third-party administrator, stop-loss carrier, metric-based pricing network, pharmacy benefit manager and specialty pharmacy vendor. […]

Fairlawn Heights residents speaking out to curb speeders

FAIRLAWN HEIGHTS — For the past five years, the heavy traffic and speeding experienced in the Fairlawn Heights neighborhood of Akron has increasingly become more of an issue, according to members of the Fairlawn Heights Neighborhood Association. Members of the association have invited others in the neighborhood to address Akron City Council at the Sept. 17 meeting. Council meets at […]

Council suspends sewer fee collection

Peninsula Village Council approved a resolution suspending all actions related to Wastewater Sewer District fees at the Sept. 10 meeting. Council voted 4-1, with Councilwoman Dee Holody dissenting, to stop collection of the fee and waive any nonpayment penalties. Councilwoman Mary Booth was absent. A vote to designate $7,000 in refunds to people who already paid the fee failed when […]

Norton super stresses need for earned income tax issue to pass in November

To start the Sept. 10 Norton City Schools Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dana Addis provided information about the earned income tax issue that is on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. He said the 2,500 students who attend the district deserve every opportunity they can get and the tax would allow the district to provide more opportunities to students. […]

Trustees defer zoning action until after referendum vote

At the Sept. 6 meeting, the Richfield Township Board of Trustees agreed to wait until voters decide on Issue 44 before possibly handing zoning control of the Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) to Richfield Village. After trustees approved changes to the Light Industrial/Office District zoning code in June, a group of citizens circulated a referendum petition asking the changes be […]

Bath trustees address personnel matters

The Bath Township Board of Trustees approved a number of personnel changes at the Sept. 10 meeting, highlighted by their approval to hire a new part-time officer for the Bath Police Department. Police Chief Vito Sinopoli introduced new Officer Matthew Mihalik to the trustees and noted Mihalik has served as a police officer in Kentucky and is a graduate of […]

Akron Council delays vote on tent city

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council decided to take time Sept. 10 on a decision to allow or put an end to an area called tent city, a property located at 15 Broad St. in East Akron that’s occupied by a group of homeless people. Sage Lewis, of West Akron, founded the Homeless Charity & Village, and in April he […]

County Council takes stand in favor of Planned Parenthood

Summit County Council passed a resolution Sept. 10 expressing opposition to proposed changes in how federal family planning grants are distributed. The 7-2 vote, with Council members Gloria Rodgers (R-District 3) and Ron Koehler (R-District 1) casting the dissenting votes, followed a caucus in which 11 people — some representing organizations and some as private citizens — spoke for and […]

Richfield Council OKs land acquisition

Richfield Village Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of property at 3871 Broadview Road at the Sept. 4 meeting. The two parcels, owned by the Dolores J. Heinle Trust, consist of approximately 1.83 acres. According to the resolution, the purchase of the property may lead to improved access to the Richfield Branch Library. Council also approved a resolution […]

Granger firefighter, lieutenants sworn in

The Granger Board of Trustees welcomed one new firefighter and congratulated two Granger Fire Department officers on their promotions at the board’s regular meeting Sept. 10. Firefighters Steven Kamp and Shane Berger were sworn in as new lieutenants to the department and David Williams was sworn in as a probationary firefighter trainee. Trustee Richard Pace administered the oath of office […]

Fairlawn Fire Department earns high score from ISO inspection

During the Sept. 4 Fairlawn City Council meeting, Fire Chief Russ Hose said his department earned a Class 2 rating during a recent ISO (Insurance Service Offices) inspection. Hose said the score was based “on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 at the lowest and 1 at the highest or best.” “This is an inspection that is done […]

Children Services seeking renewal levy with increase

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) Board officials are asking voters to approve the renewal of an existing 2.25-mill levy, with a 1-mill increase, for a total of 3.25 mills, in the Nov. 6 General Election. According to the ballot language for Issue 8, the six-year levy would begin in January, with collections to start in 2020. SCCS […]

APS officials hear state report card grades

Akron Public Schools’ (APS) overall state report card grade is projected to be a D, according to Assistant Superintendent Ellen McWilliams-Woods. She presented the report-card projection at the Sept. 10 Board of Education meeting. The official grades will be published today, Sept. 13. McWilliams-Woods explained the overall grade is a combination of the grades in six categories: Achievement, Gap Closing, […]

Green still considering Raintree purchase

GREEN — Green City Council is waiting to vote on a real estate agreement until first listening to public input and then reviewing all pertinent information regarding the potential property acquisition and how the site could be utilized. At the Sept. 11 regular meeting, Council heard the third reading of legislation to allow the city to purchase the Raintree Country […]