Coventry trustees addressing Airbnb rentals

COVENTRY — By summer, when people often vacation in the Portage Lakes, Coventry will have a plan in place to govern Airbnb rentals in the community. While the issue of short-term rental properties and the alleged disturbances they create is not being resolved as quickly as one resident, Lisa Fouser, of Peninsula Drive, would like, the trustees assured her at […]

Norton City Council takes time on grant application

Norton City Council agreed Jan. 14 to take time on submitting a Recreational Trails Program grant application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Councilwoman Charlotte Whipkey (at large) fielded discussion on the application, which is for the final stage of a three-stage Recreational Trails Program. According to meeting minutes from the Jan. 7 work session, Councilman Scott Pelot (at […]

Springfield trustees approve Canton Road improvements

Springfield trustees are moving forward on a major redesign of the Canton Road and U.S. Route 224 intersection. At the Jan. 10 meeting, trustees explained the project, estimated to cost almost $9 million, will include both physical and aesthetic improvements. The trustees approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation State Infrastructure Bank for a loan to complete the […]

Granger seeking residents to plan bicentennial celebration

The Granger Board of Trustees heard plans to reach out to residents to assist in creating Granger’s 2020 bicentennial party at the board’s regular meeting Jan. 14. Resident JoAnn Boruvka announced she is seeking residents to join a steering committee for the celebration and said the committee’s first meeting will take place Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Administration […]

Falls Council hears downtown revitalization update

Public hearing set for proposed Akron-Peninsula Road zoning change Cuyahoga Falls’ downtown area is continuing to transform in the new year. At the Jan. 14 regular meeting, Council heard an update on the progress taking place along Front Street, formerly a pedestrian mall. The city’s free Wi-Fi continues to be an attractive offer to patrons of downtown, as well as […]

Copley-Akron JEDD money pledged to CIC Corp.

Copley will continue to financially support the Copley Community Improvement Corp. (CIC) this year through proceeds from Copley-Akron Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) receipts. The Copley CIC functions as a nonprofit board to promote the industrial, economic, commercial and civic development of the township, according to township officials. Trustees voted Jan. 8 to contribute $225,000 of the annual amount received […]

Coventry Schools seeking new buyer for Lakeview site

COVENTRY — Kiko Auctions, of Canton, is following up with bidders who participated in an auction last month to identify another potential buyer for Coventry Local Schools’ Lakeview property, located at 2910 S. Main St. The existing building, which no longer is used by the district; contents inside the former school and administrative offices; and 6.57 acres of land the […]

APS board promotes student involvement in educational process

The Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education took a new step in promoting student involvement in the educational process at the Jan. 14 meeting. Newly elected board President the Rev. Curtis Walker Sr. announced “we are making history” as he introduced eight APS high school students who have been selected by their schools to serve as student school board […]

Boston trustees hear update on court

Boston trustees heard the latest about Stow Municipal Court at the Jan. 9 meeting. Ten years after the court moved from Cuyahoga Falls, Judge Kim Hoover said the court was the most successful municipal court in the State of Ohio, as it covers all of its expenses yearly and has revenue left over. Hoover said the probation department, where Trustee […]

Green Council OKs elected law director details

GREEN — Some basic details for the elected City of Green law director position now are established. City Council met for a short, special meeting Jan. 15 to again consider the parameters officially proposed by the Charter Amendment Implementation Committee earlier this month and contemplate a solicited independent legal opinion on the matter. After reviewing the committee’s recommendations and input […]

Highland reappoints president, vice president

The Highland Local Schools Board of Education held an organizational and regular meeting Jan. 14. Board members Dr. Norman Christopher and Robert Kelly were selected as president and vice president, respectively. Board member Diane Thomas was selected to serve as the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) legislative liaison, Christopher was appointed to serve as OSBA student achievement liaison and board […]

County Council moves forward on Copley bridge project

During the Jan. 14 meeting, Summit County Council approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Wright Road bridge replacement project in Copley for an estimated total construction cost not to exceed $922,000. According to the legislation, ODOT, using National Transportation Act federal funding, is providing County Engineers Association of Ohio Local Bridge Program funds of […]

HVAC upgrades coming to Copley-Fairlawn

Elementary schools to receive air conditioning COPLEY — At the Jan. 8 meeting, the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education awarded a $5 million contract to Plug Smarts for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements and energy conservation measures. The largest impact will be felt by the district’s elementary students, who are expected to start next school year in […]

Peninsula Council confirms hiring of new fiscal officer

Peninsula Village did not have to go far to find its new bookkeeper. At the Jan. 14 meeting, Council approved 5-0, with Councilwoman Mary Booth absent, the removal of the interim label for Fiscal Officer Deborah Wordell. Mayor Doug Mayer said Wordell has been wonderful through difficult moments as the fiscal department is restructured. Wordell will be paid $24 an […]

Akron Council approves lease for zoo

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council approved legislation Jan. 14 that extends its lease of 53 acres of land to the Akron Zoo for 40 years, at a cost of $1 per year. The legislation to lease the city-owned land at 500 Edgewood Drive was introduced Jan. 7. At the time, Councilman Bruce Kilby (D-Ward 2) raised questions about offering […]