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Springfield trustees continue zoning amendment reviews

9/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

The Springfield Board of Trustees continued to review proposed amendments to Articles 5, 7, 13 and 16 of the township’s Zoning Resolution at the Sept. 12 meeting.

According to Zoning Administrator Patricia Ryan, most of the amendments are minor clarifications, except for Article 7, which would affect the size of accessory buildings, and Article 13, which would affect the height of signs in right-of-ways. The proposed changes are listed on the township’s website at www.springtwp.com.

Trustees met Sept. 19 to continue the review.

Also under review are proposed changes to Articles 3 and 11. The items, also listed on the website, will be considered at the next trustees’ meeting.

In other business at the Sept. 12 meeting, trustees approved:

  • an agreement with Gatchell Grant Resources LLC to help prepare an Assistance to Firefighter Operations and Vehicle Grants, for a cost of $1,300;
  • the purchase of an Airsoft Training System, a weapons system for the Police Department, for a cost of $1,570;
  • $3,275 for spare plow blades and guards from Winter Equipment Company Inc.;
  • the certification of abatements of $175 for 2969 Arcadia Ave., $130 for 2787 Linwood Ave., $280 for vacant lots on Cayuga Avenue and $90 for 3127 Sherbrook Ave., all for mowing; and
  • a work order in the amount of $4,995 to Butcher and Sons Inc. to abate a nuisance property at 1799 Wilson Road.

Parks and Recreation Director Doug Foltz announced the township has received a $15,000 grant from Summit County Public Health’s Creating Healthy Communities to develop a walking trail around the Akron-Springfield JEDD Park and Schrop Intermediate School on Pickle Road. He said township officials are working to develop partnerships with the Springfield Local School District and other entities to complete the project. Officials also are seeking volunteers to assist with the project. Anyone interested in helping out is asked to contact Foltz at 330-733-2556.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, several residents discussed a variety of concerns.

Resident Karla Shackelford requested township officials talk to county officials regarding water rate charges for those not on water meters. According to Shackelford, unmetered Summit County Department of Environmental Services customers are charged the maximum rate, regardless of how much water is used, and she said such customers pay up to four times as much for the service as Akron residents do.

Trustees said county officials have known about the “unfair” practice for years and are working on a solution, but they agreed to draft a resolution on the matter to approve at the next meeting.

Nick Huth, of JP Huth Waste Removal, asked trustees to consider his business if the township should move to aggregation for the township.

Resident Ed Glinsky returned to once again question trustees why they chose not to move forward with a traffic study on Pickle Road. Glinsky had requested trustees ask the Summit County engineer to do a traffic study on the street to reduce the speed.

Trustee Dean Young informed Glinsky again the Summit County Engineer’s Office told them that such a study would result in an increase in speed from 35 mph to 45 mph, not a decrease, and they decided against doing the study in order to prevent that. He told Glinksy he would have to convince at least two trustees of the merit of the request to move forward on the matter.

Also, resident Calvin Pierce asked trustees to reconsider accepting any grants from the Federal Emergency Management Association due to what he said were problems associated with the agency.

The board adjourned into executive session to consider the employment or promotion of an employee, with no business conducted afterward.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is set for Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, located 2459 Canfield Road.

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