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Boston trustees discuss new speed limit law

2/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Ohio has a new law lowering the speed limit to 35 mph in national parks, the Boston Township Board of Trustees learned at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Peninsula Police Chief Joe Varga reported that Gov. John Kasich recently signed House Bill 455 into law.

“It’s up to ODOT [Ohio Department of Transportation] to choose which roads can be 35,” Varga said.

The law covers national parks that span two or more counties, so it includes Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), he said.

Trustee Chair Amy Anderson said the state reduced the speed limit on Riverview Road without consulting the trustees.

“I have sent three letters to Columbus about engine brakes and haven’t gotten a response,” she added.

In other news, Varga also told the trustees four suspects were arrested for hunting on private property. A federal grand jury indicted the suspects Feb. 6, the chief said.

“They all have paid attorneys, not public defenders,” Varga said. “They are afraid of being deported back to Burma [also known as Myanmar].”

The chief stated the suspects have been living in Akron’s North Hill area and are now facing federal charges. They were using .22-caliber firearms, one of which was equipped with a silencer, Varga added.

Also during the meeting:

  • Anderson said pedestrians need to be more careful when crossing Akron-Peninsula Road.
    “If they end up as hood ornaments on someone’s car, it’s not going to be very funny,” she said. “They are not visible when they run in front of vehicles. In the summer, it’s not so bad; when it gets dark, it’s not OK.”
  • Zoning Inspector Doug Mayer said a resident of Woodland Drive asked for a certificate for a deck and the reconstruction of an accessory barn.
    “What they want to do is within our zoning,” he said.
    Mayer also said that Kamper City’s request for a fence variance should be heard by the Board of Zoning Appeals in March.
    Also, an Oak Hill Road resident wants to rebuild a home to include more storage space and less living space, Mayer said.
    “They want to tear down and rebuild because it would be cheaper than remodeling,” he said. “There is a [CVNP] easement on the property, so they have to confirm with the park on what they can reconstruct.”
  • Road Superintendent Ron Adams thanked Peninsula Village for the use of a backhoe to load road salt. The township’s backhoe was out of service at the time.
    Adams also said the previous day’s rainstorm had caused water to “geyser up” in Peninsula.
    Mayer added the township was able to repair the smashed ends of a culvert pipe by cutting off the ends of it before the rainstorm hit.

The next Boston trustees’ meeting  is scheduled for Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Township Hall, located at 1775 Main St. in Peninsula.

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