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3/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Merriman Road detour expected to end in April

WEST AKRON — A sewer project along Merriman Road that led to a detour from Sunnyside Avenue to Kingswood Lane is expected to wrap up next month, said City of Akron officials.

Mark Moore, of the Engineering Bureau, said the city plans to open the road to traffic by April 7. That, however, is contingent on weather. If the remainder of the month is dry, it will allow the city to move forward more quickly on lining the sewer along the route, he said.

“During a sewer lining operation, we actually need to remove the flow in the pipe and divert it further downstream to another manhole,” Moore said. “When flows get too high in the sewer, it becomes nearly impossible to do the necessary bypass pumping … and you have to wait a day or so for flows to come back down to a reasonable flow rate.”

He added that once the sewer lining is complete, there will still be some short-term traffic interferences for paving.

The posted detour route for northbound traffic is west on Memorial Parkway to North Portage Path to Merriman Road. Southbound traffic should head south on North Portage Path to Memorial Parkway to Merriman Road.

The detour has been in effect since July and the work was originally slated to be completed by the end of 2016.


Revere Music Parents Association, Easter Seals partner to collect cloth items

RICHFIELD — The Revere Music Parents Association (RMPA) is partnering with Easter Seals Northern Ohio to collect cloth items March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Easter Seals truck to be parked at Revere High School, located at 3420 Everett Road.

According to RMPA officials, clothing, comforters, blankets, towels, sheets, shoes and any other cloth items will be accepted. Event organizers added the items may be stained or torn. In addition, small household items such as dishes and kitchenware, small toys and games, and CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes also are being accepted. Furniture, mattresses, pillows, TVs, electronics or electrical items of any kind will not be accepted.

RMPA officials are asking all donations to be brought in enclosed bags or closed boxes. Officials added all items will be reused, resold or recycled.

According to RMPA officials, proceeds from this event will benefit children and adults with disabilities served by Easter Seals Northern Ohio and the Revere music program, which will use the funds for the care and purchase of instruments, uniforms and formalwear, props and music, and music-related trips. The RMPA will earn money based on the total weight of the items collected.

Donations are tax deductible. For details, visit www.reveremusic.org or email president@reveremusic.org.


Local communities participating in statewide tornado drill

GREATER AKRON — The Southwest Summit Communications (SWSCOM) emergency dispatch center will participate in the annual statewide tornado drill next week.

Officials said they will sound and test tornado sirens in Copley, Norton and Barberton March 22 at 9:50 a.m. Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans at that time.

The drill is part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week March 19-25. The week, coordinated by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, encourages all Ohioans to learn what to do to protect themselves from spring and summer weather hazards and home emergencies.

Also, SWSCOM officials said weekly tornado siren testing will begin for the season March 25 at noon and continue through October on Saturdays.


County Engineer seeking input on storm water utility proposal

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker has rolled out a new proposal to create a storm water utility.

According to his office, a Surface Water Management District, with voluntary participation from cities, villages and townships, is being proposed. The proposal, which is still in draft form, was presented to the Summit County Township Association March 7, according to the Engineer’s Office.

The program would provide the ability to raise revenue for storm water control projects, with fees collected from within a political subdivision used to benefit that political subdivision, according to the proposal.

For residential properties — expected to include one-, two- or three-family homes — the monthly fee would be $4, based on the current proposal. Properties with a homestead exemption would be granted a 25 percent reduction and charged $3 per month.

For commercial properties, monthly fees would be calculated based on impervious surface area, or developed areas of land that prevent or significantly impede the infiltration of surface water into the soil, including roofs, sidewalks, walkways, patios, swimming pools, private driveways and parking lots. For every 3,000 square feet of impervious surface area, commercial property owners would be charged $4 per month, according to the Engineer’s Office.

The district would be overseen by the county engineer, the county executive and County Council, with existing county employees implementing and managing it.

Municipalities may submit comments and suggestions to the county engineer until March 31. After that, a team from the Executive’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office and Engineer’s Office will determine the next steps, according to the Engineer’s Office.


TOPS Club meetings focus on weight loss

GREATER AKRON — TOPS Club Inc., which officials describe as a nonprofit, noncommercial support and accountability group for people interested in losing weight and maintaining their weight loss for a lifetime, offers regular meetings through the area.

Laurene Nevel, area captain for Summit and Portage Counties of TOPS Club, said participants pay an annual fee of $32, in addition to nominal weekly dues.

TOPS Chapter meeting sites and times in the West Side Leader coverage area include:

  • St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road in Norton, Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. for weigh-in and 9:30 a.m. for the program;
  • United Presbyterian Church, 2819 Hudson Drive in Cuyahoga Falls, Thursdays at 8:15 a.m. for weigh-in and 9:30 a.m. for the program;
  • Northminster Presbyterian Church, 104 Portage Trail Extension W. in Cuyahoga Falls, Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for weigh-in and 7:05 p.m. for the program; and
  • Chippewa Place, 7005 Stadium Drive in Brecksville, Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. for weigh-in and 6:30 p.m. for the meeting.

For details, contact Neval at 216-832-1106 or via email at huey15@roadrunner.com, or visit www.tops.org.


Kathleen Folkerth, Ariel Hakim and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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