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Boston trustees discuss new address markers

9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

The Boston Township Board of Trustees discussed getting new signposts and numbers for address markers to be placed in the front yards of Boston area homes at the Sept. 11 meeting.

According to Trustee Amy Anderson, the current signs are over a decade old now and are in need of replacement.

“This was my project,” Anderson said referring to initially installing the markers in the township. “So I know just how old they are, and how worn out they’re getting.”

Trustees agreed they had all seen markers that needed repaired or replaced.

“Several are cracked in half, broken, missing numbers or even just gone now,” said Trustee Randy Bergdorf.

Road Superintendent Tim Tesmer said it would be possible to replace the markers, but new numbers would have to be ordered first.

“It wouldn’t be hard to replace the markers, but we need new numbers,” Tesmer explained. “We ran out when placing the initial markers.”

Having correct address markers is important for Boston residents, Anderson explained, as it’s how emergency workers often can identify houses and driveways in the dark.

“We have several people working for our emergency departments now who haven’t grown up in this area,” Anderson said. “If they don’t know exactly where an address is, and it isn’t clearly marked, it will take them longer to locate it, and longer to respond to the emergency.”

Trustees did not give a specific date when the new markers would be ready to be placed in yards, but hope to have them up soon.

In other business, trustees:

  • were updated on the breaking news that the human remains found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park off Riverview Road had been identified as 19-year-old missing Akron woman Taylor Robinson. While at the meeting, Police Chief Joe Varga was informed that the remains had been identified as Robinson;
  • were informed 120 tons of salt had been purchased for the township to use during the upcoming winter months; and
  • discussed the upcoming meet-and-greet event to take place Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. to celebrate the joining of the Boston Heights Fire Department and Valley Fire District.
    A parade from the Valley Fire District station to the Boston Heights fire station will take place, and food and beverages will be provided. The public also will have an opportunity to meet all the emergency responders.
    Boston Heights officials signed a three-year agreement Aug. 22 with the fire district to provide fire and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will go into effect Oct. 1.

The next regular Boston trustees’ meeting is set for Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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