New Franklin Council accepts two grants

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Council members approved accepting an Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Firefighter Exposure Grant during the March 6 meeting. The grant received is for $15,000, which required a local match of $2,550. Money went toward the purchase of a turnout gear washer, at a cost of $14,276, as well as fire gloves and hoods, at a […]

Trustees examine potential JEDD growth

Richfield Township officials looked into possible future gains from activity in the Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) at the March 7 trustees’ meeting. Trustees saw a presentation at the meeting that was shown the previous day at the Richfield Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where Trustee Janet Jankura gave the annual State of the Township address. The presentation, prepared by township […]

APS board accepts grants for West Akron schools

At the March 11 meeting, the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education (BOE) accepted two grants supporting programs at West Akron schools. The first grant, provided by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), was awarded to Firestone Community Learning Center (CLC). PLTW will provide $10,000 to the school to cover the cost for two staff members to attend PLTW training […]

Norton discusses proposed Barberton Jail agreement

At the March 11 meeting, Norton City Council received a report from City Solicitor Justin Markey that an agreement to keep the Barberton City Jail open is still being finalized. Norton is expected to get the agreement from Barberton sometime this week and Council will discuss it at the March 18 work session. Earlier this year, Barberton announced the city […]

County Council continues Tobacco 21 review

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council continued to debate at the March 11 meeting the merits of legislation that would restrict the purchase of any tobacco and related products to those age 21 and older in county townships. According to the proposed legislation, all tobacco retailers would be required to pay a one-time $150 compliance fee, and penalties for violations […]

Alternative pathways extended for students

GREATER AKRON — Thanks to an amendment to House Bill (HB) 491, around 51,000 Ohio students initially not on track to graduate in spring 2019, now will have that chance. This amendment gives high school students options when it comes to receiving their high school diplomas — alternative pathways to graduation. Essentially, instead of relying solely on standardized test results, […]

Peninsula Council members square off over meeting

A meeting with a state legislator led to a Peninsula Village councilman leveling accusations of deceit at the March 11 Council meeting. Councilwoman Dee Holody met with state Sen. Kristina Roegner (R-District 27) Feb. 22 to brief her on the village’s wastewater issues. Councilman Mike Kaplan requested an affidavit written by him showing his side of the story be put […]

Richfield Council delays action on copiers, security system

Richfield Village Council decided to take time on two acquisitions at the March 5 meeting. Council considered a resolution authorizing a contract with ACE, A Division of Meritech, for the purchase of six Ricoh MPC3004EX copiers. The village currently leases six Ricoh MP C3003 copiers. According to the resolution, four of those would be bought to replace four older copiers […]

Norton district accepts donation

Norton City Schools has received an additional $2,500 in donated funds from Acme. During the March 11 meeting, the Norton City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to accept a monetary donation from the local supermarket chain. This contribution brings the total donated funds from the store to $7,500. The money came following a fundraiser that Acme held to benefit […]

Council begins operating budget hearings

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron city officials rolled out the 2019 operating budget during the March 11 Council committee meetings. According to city officials, Mayor Dan Horrigan’s budget plan for 2019 features a smaller General Fund budget, stable staffing levels and a prediction for limited growth in income tax revenue. “As we continue to pursue aggressive strategies that will set the […]

Falls eyeing tobacco initiative

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The City of Cuyahoga Falls may join other area communities in upping the legal age from 18 to 21 for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products. At the March 11 meeting, City Council introduced legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco items and paraphernalia to individuals under the age of 21 in the city. The legislation, known […]

Granger officials discuss fire department matters

The Granger Fire Department brought a few routine items before the Granger Board of Trustees at the March 11 meeting. Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported the department’s pickup truck is scheduled for lettering later this month. He said the rear view mirrors may need to be adjusted for pulling a trailer. Paulett also reported Assistant Chief Kevin Hylbert had mentioned […]

Council OKs funding for Fire Station 3

Green further considering fire station in Ward 3, too GREEN — The process is moving forward to construct a third fire station in the City of Green — this one at Mayfair and Raber roads in Ward 1 — and Green officials are considering adding a fire station in Ward 3 using some of the money in the NEXUS Pipeline […]