Green BOE praises successful start of new year

GREEN — “It has been a smooth opening of Green Local Schools,” said board member David Cohen at the brief Aug. 26 Board of Education meeting. District students started the 2019-20 school year on Aug. 21, with the first day going well, he said. The board members complimented district staff for a good start to the new year and expressed […]

New Franklin passes county energy program

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Council members approved the city’s participation in a program that will allow homeowners to pay for energy-efficiency improvements to their homes over time. Council members approved joining the Akron-Summit County Energy Special Improvement District (ESID) residential PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. According to Chris Burnham, president of the Summit County Development Finance Authority, the […]

Council OKs new zoning for development

Also, proposed charter amendments headed to ballot GREEN — After continued discussion on the pros and cons of allowing a luxury housing development to locate in one area of Green, plans for the new residential complex — being designed specifically to offer young professionals and empty-nesters easy-to-maintain, aesthetically pleasing homes — are moving ahead in the city. “This community will […]

Highland board asked about solar panels in new schools

The Highland Local Schools Board of Education listened to a resident’s questions about solar panels in the district’s new elementary school buildings at the Aug. 26 meeting. Hinckley resident Gary Jennrich asked whether solar energy will be used in the new schools. He questioned how many solar panels will be installed on each of the new elementary schools and how […]

Woodridge board addresses transportation concerns

At the Aug. 20 Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Walter Davis told board members of transportation concerns he’s been made aware of. Davis noted while on social media earlier that day, he noticed concerns from parents that buses were running late in the afternoons. “I would much rather err on the side of safety and have our […]

Board OKs MOU with Crystal Clinic

Agreement is contingent on specific location of building project COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center LLC, CC Embassy LLC and the City of Fairlawn related to the city’s tax increment financing (TIF) agreement with the Crystal Clinic for a planned 160,000-square-foot, 60-bed facility to be completed […]

Granger trustees hear about residents’ BZA experience

At the Granger Board of Trustees’ Aug. 26 meeting, the board heard from two residents who asked for guidance concerning the action of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). Daniel and Erin Charnigo claimed official procedure was not followed by the BZA and they were being treated unfairly. Trustee Teri Berry said the trustees cannot overturn decisions made by the […]

Richfield officials thank community event volunteers

Richfield Village Council reflected on the Ohio Flags of Honor Memorial and Community Days weekend, which took place Aug. 9-11, at the Aug. 20 meeting. Mayor Bobbie Beshara thanked those who worked to prepare the village, as well as those who participated in the events, which marked Beshara’s last Community Days event as mayor, as she is term limited and […]

Revere board monitoring building progress

RICHFIELD — At the Aug. 20 meeting, Revere Local Schools Board of Education members eagerly listened to reports on the status of construction and renovation projects in the district as the beginning of the new school year rapidly approaches. Students in first through 12th grades will begin school Sept. 3, with kindergarteners beginning Sept. 6. Superintendent Matthew Montgomery said district […]

Norton moves forward with city improvements

NORTON — Norton City Council unanimously agreed Aug. 26 to give Mayor Mike Zita permission to apply for Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) resurfacing funds. Money from the grant program, which is part of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), will be used to improve Johnson Road from South Hametown Road to Wooster Road West going into Barberton, […]

County Council praises employee

Jason Dodson leaving chief of staff position DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council bid goodbye to Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Ilene Shapiro, as he prepares to join Roetzel & Andress. Dodson will begin his new job Sept. 1 and serve as a member of the firm’s Public Law and Finance Practice Group in the Akron and […]