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New Copley fire captain sworn in

11/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Chris Bower, at left, who has been with Copley Fire Department for 12 years, was promoted to captain at the Copley Township Board of Trustees’ Nov. 6 meeting. He is shown with Chief Michael Benson, who swore him in.
Photo: Ariel Hakim
During the Copley Township Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 6, Fire Chief Michael Benson swore in Chris Bower, who was promoted to captain.

Trustees approved the promotion following an executive session Oct. 16.

Bower has been active in emergency services for about a quarter of a century, serving with the Copley Fire Department the past 12 years, said Benson.

Following an assessment in which all Copley firefighters participated, Bower “came out on top” to be awarded the promotion, said Benson.

Bower attended the meeting with his wife, Crystal, father and three daughters.

“We are still on the record pace we’ve been on all year,” Benson told trustees during his regular report to trustees regarding his department’s activities in October.

He expects the Fire Department to have another “highest-year-ever record” for call volume, he added.

According to his monthly report, his department responded to 197 calls for assistance in October. Year to date, the department has responded to 4 percent more calls than at this time last year.

Police Chief Michael Mier said his department recently worked with safety forces countywide to catch a ring of individuals breaking into cars and restaurants.

“We experienced many thefts in the Montrose area,” he said, “and those individuals were actually caught in Montrose.

“We think that arrest probably brought an end to this series of thefts” taking place in several communities across Summit County, he added.

Also at the meeting, trustees opened six bids received for the Janwood Drive culvert replacement project. The nearly 50-year-old culvert is undersized, and its replacement is expected to help improve drainage problems, according to the Summit County Engineer’s Office.

The lowest bidder was Rudzik Excavating, of Struthers, whose bid was just less than $64,000.

In other business, trustees approved spending $4,815 for design services needed to upgrade the township’s website, continuing with Copley company InfoTeam. The website will be go from Joomla 1.5, which is no longer supported and subject to bugs and security issues, to Joomla 3.x, according to trustees.

“We concurred we like what we have, but we do need the upgrade,” said Trustee Helen Humphrys.

Also at the meeting, Service Director Mark Mitchell said the CUE (Community University Education Purchasing Association) has signed an agreement with Cargill for road salt for this season, resulting in a reduction in price from $44.81 to $39.84 per ton. Copley still has to purchase 253 tons on last year’s contract before the new pricing will take effect, he added.

In other action, trustees:

  • approved orders to remove vegetation and/or debris from properties at 3352 Brenner Road and 4836 Ridgewood Road. Both landowners were sent certified mail requesting maintenance, but the township received no response. If the cleanup does not take place within 10 days, trustees will hire a contractor, with costs entered on the owners’ tax duplicates, according to resolutions approved by trustees;
  • approved Benson to be a panelist on the Local Government Innovation Fund at the 2014 Ohio Township Association conference next February at no cost to the township;
  • accepted donations to the township’s Police Department, including $1,950 from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an initial payment for a drug-use prevention grant; $1,170 from Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church for the Share-A-Christmas Fund; and $1,000 from Fairlawn Rotary Foundation Inc. for Safety Town;
  • approved spending $4,240 with Ziegler Tire for 10 truck tires, eight rear tires and two steer tires for two 5-ton plow trucks;
  • approved a resolution to not object to vacating 0.6 acre of unimproved roadway on Reserve and Fineview avenues; and
  • noted the township’s Architectural Review Board approved developer Pulte Homes’ plans for tree preservation, landscaping and buffering for the Miller Farms subdivision, after four months of planning, according to Planning Director Matt Springer.

Following an executive session, trustees made a conditional offer of employment for part-time firemedic Jonathan Smith.

The board’s next meeting is set for Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at the township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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