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Council considers rezoning request on West Streetsboro Road

2/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Nikki Smith

Prior to the Richfield Village Council meeting Feb. 7, Council held a public hearing regarding the rezoning of property located on the north side of West Streetsboro Road between Humphrey Road and Robin Hill Lane from R-2 (Single-Family Residential) to R-3 (Cluster Residential District).

Petros Development Corp., which requested the rezoning, has proposed to build an 18-unit single-family subdivision on the property.

Forestridge Drive resident Pamela Sinn said she would like to see lower priced, well-built, quality homes in Richfield.

“This is a prime piece and we need to do it right …,” she said. “I’m excited about this, but I don’t want to cut corners. Do it right, especially since this is right across from our center of town.”

Jeff Sommerville, of Southern Road, voiced his concern about what allowances are being made for zoning modifications to historical districts. The property is located in Richfield’s historic district and must follow the district’s guidelines, according to village officials.

Brian Frantz, director of planning and zoning, said the historical district is a separate entity.

“There’s various zoning districts within this historic district. The historic district was almost like a ceremonial district established by Council in the late ’90s. … It’s not tied to zoning,” he said.

There was no action taken due to the fact that letters have not been sent to property owners within 1,000 feet of the new development, said village officials. The next public hearing for the zoning request is planned for March 14.

In other business:

  • Residents and members of the Richfield Fire Department witnessed the swearing in and pinning of Cody Bennett (previously part time) as a new full-time firemedic by Mayor Bobbie Beshara. Bennett, who started his fire career in 2012 with Bath Fire Department, will continue to serve there part time, said village officials. He has an associate’s degree in fire protection from The University of Akron.
    “[He] has a bright future there. I’m really proud to be able to steal him away and hire him full time,” said Fire Chief Phil McLean.
  • Council approved the mayor’s appointment of the Rev. John King to the Cemetery Board. He serves as a pastor of the Richfield United Church of Christ and he and his family have lived in the Richfield community for 10 years, according to village officials.
  • A full assessment of Richfield’s sewage system was presented by a representative of Arcadis, the consulting firm used to conduct the Richfield Sewer Capacity Report and Sanitary Sewer Rate Study. The 2016 findings were positive, showing the sewage system is in good condition, operating under 25 percent of total capacity and rates are balanced for water, according to Arcadis officials. The firm recommends continuing to update the sanitary sewer evaluation every 10 years, as well as monitor the infiltration/inflow of water. The sewer rate study should be updated every five years to further develop a financial plan, according to Arcadis officials.
  • Planning continues for the Richfield Jubilee celebration. Launched in January, it consists of a series of events held throughout 2017 to commemorate the village’s 50th anniversary. As part of the memory project with the Richfield Library, residents are encouraged to check out the Jubilee Display at the library throughout March. Also in March, a Cabin Fever Tour, a tour of locations celebrating the history and artistry along state Route 303, will take place. For more information on upcoming events, go to richfieldvillage jubilee2017.blogspot.com. Village Councilwoman Pat Healey said residents should keep an eye out for 20 Jubilee banners around town.
  • Council approved the use of alcohol for the Bath-Richfield Kiwanis community mixer that will take place March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, 3909 Broadview Road. Village officials said the public is invited to the free event that will showcase what Kiwanis does in the community.
  • Village officials said the first Coffee with the Councilman was a success as residents came out to express their questions and concerns to Councilman Jim Kahoe. Coffee with the Councilman takes place the first Friday of each month from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Richfield Gourmet Café, 4174 Wheatley Road.
  • Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will hold a death notification class for police personnel May 3. The training session will be held at the fire station. For details, visit the village website at www.richfieldvillageohio.org.

The next regular Council meeting will take place Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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