New Franklin approves pay increases

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Council adopted a three-year labor agreement with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association patrol/corporal and sergeant/lieutenant units at the Oct. 17 meeting. Mayor Paul Adamson said the agreement includes a 2.5 percent wage increase each year of the contract. He said the contracts will make New Franklin’s salaries more consistent with what other communities are offering. […]

Bath trustees voice support for parks levy

The Bath Board of Trustees discussed Oct. 22 the township’s parks levy that will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli said the 0.75-mill renewal levy, Issue 40, is for five years and is the primary funding source for operations and maintenance of the township’s four parks — Bath Nature Preserve, Bath Community Park, Bath […]

Green district to see levy renewal on horizon

At the Oct. 22 meeting, the Green Local Schools Board of Education was briefed on the school district’s financial outlook presented in the five-year forecast by Treasurer Eydie Snowberger. Real estate collections make up 62 percent of the district’s day-to-day operating revenue, she said, and include proceeds from two emergency levies. A $4.1 million levy expires at the end of […]

Woodridge board hears details of five-year forecast

With a vote on Woodridge Local School District’s third levy try in a year looming, the Board of Education received Treasurer Tom Morehouse’s five-year forecast Oct. 17. While Morehouse had previewed the forecast in the spring, the official forecast required by state law is due in October. Morehouse’s presentation included a grim forecast if the levy on the Nov. 6 […]

Granger trustees respond to bike safety proposal

The Granger Board of Trustees revisited a previous proposal to reinforce bicycle safety this week. At the board’s Oct. 22 meeting, Trustee John Ginley said he contacted Medina County Engineer Andy Conrad about a proposal presented at a previous meeting regarding the addition of signs enforcing a 3-foot passing law for vehicles passing bicycle riders on Granger roads. The idea […]

Council considering contract for drainage improvement in Bath

Summit County Council’s Public Works Committee heard details on a resolution that would authorize a contract to develop a drainage improvement general plan for Bath as part of the Summit County Surface Water Management District. During the Oct. 22 meeting, members agreed to recommend the full Council approve a contract with Sustainable Streams LLC for $137,000 at next week’s meeting. […]

Coventry BOE reviews district report card

Board approves updated five-year financial forecast COVENTRY — Educators of Coventry Local Schools are aiming to bring about more positive results on the next state report card. The district earned a “D” on the most recent Ohio school report card. “The results definitely are not what we had hoped for,” Instructional Assessment and Accountability Coordinator Shannon DeMita told the Board […]

Richfield Council amends legislation regarding mayor’s salary

Richfield Village Council agreed to amend an ordinance proposing a change to the mayor’s compensation during the Oct. 16 meeting. The original ordinance would have reduced the annual salary of the mayor, a full-time position, from $72,000 to $55,000. The proposed ordinance was modified in July by setting the annual salary at $65,000. Council approved amending the ordinance 6-1, with […]

Copley-Fairlawn BOE OKs financial predictions

At the Oct. 16 meeting, during which the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education (BOE) approved the district’s five-year forecast, board members pressed Treasurer John Wheadon to tell them when the district might need to ask the community to approve a new levy. Wheadon said the five-year forecast doesn’t include a levy request, though the district is projected to begin […]

More senior housing moving into Green

GREEN — Most residents of one neighborhood in the City of Green now approve of a development being constructed close to their homes. The development of acreage adjacent to April Drive in Green, part of the Highlands allotment, has been a topic of discussion for years in the city. An alternative to a previously proposed project was decided upon, primarily […]

Akron supports other paths to graduation

Council passes resolution in support of graduates in 2019 and beyond having alternate pathways DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council members approved a resolution expressing support for alternative pathways to graduation for students in the classes of 2019 and beyond during the Oct. 22 meeting. According to the legislation, in 2014 Ohio approved new and more rigorous high school graduation […]

Falls Council OKs site plan for new complex

CUYAHOGA FALLS — A proposed multifamily housing development is one step closer to becoming a reality on 37 acres of undeveloped land in Ward 8 of Cuyahoga Falls. At the Oct. 22 regular meeting, City Council voted 7-4 — with Council members Russ Iona (R-Ward 8), Mike Brillhart (D-Ward 5), Jeff Iula (R-at large) and Mary Ellen Pyke (R-Ward 2) […]

Council agrees to support Issue 8

At the Oct. 22 meeting, Norton City Council discussed road improvements, the creation of funds and more. Council heard from Chelsay Finney, of Summit County Children Services (SCCS), about Issue 8, which is the renewal of a 2.25-mill levy with a 1-mill increase, on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Finney said the levy has not increased in 30 years. […]

APS treasurer says financial outlook stable

The Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education heard the district’s financial outlook for the next five years is stable. Treasurer Ryan Pendleton delivered his semiannual, five-year financial forecast to the school board Oct. 22. Pendleton said by this time next year, APS will likely begin to see expenditures outpace revenues, however. “Through consolidation of our facilities and other cost-saving […]

County considers MOU for Green resource officers

AKRON — Summit County Council’s Public Safety Committee approved legislation at the Oct. 22 meeting that would enable Green Local Schools to employ new school resource officers. The proposed resolution would authorize a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and an agreement between the Green Board of Education and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. According to Deb Matz, county director of law, […]