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Boston officials report JEDD revenues up

3/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Brian Lisik

Boston Township saw a slight increase in receipts from its Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) with Cuyahoga Falls, when compared to this same time last year, Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon reported at the March 8 Boston trustees meeting.

“Appalachian [Outfitters] came in pretty big,” Noragon said. “We’re on an even keel and marginally ahead of last year, by $2,600.”

Trustee Jerry Ritch noted a Boston-Cuyahoga Falls JEDD meeting was scheduled for March 15. He added he hopes recent development by Ray Fogg Corporate Properties and Brennan Holdings on the east side of state Route 8 “will bleed over to us.”

Noragon also announced that based on the governor’s 2017 budget, the township is expected to see an additional 8 percent reduction in Ohio local government funds this year.

Following up on a question raised at a previous meeting regarding what the township is charged by the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), Ritch said the agency currently charges the township a 3 percent fee for its services.

“But at the end of the year, they do an analysis to determine if we have been undercharged or overcharged,” Ritch said, adding a $590 refund last year gave the impression of a higher charge this year.

Trustee Amy Anderson asked how RITA makes this determination.

Ritch said the fee is based on “how much work they have to do to get our money.”

In other business:

  • Zoning Inspector Doug Mayer updated trustees on the ongoing efforts to bring Dan Bridle, owner of an equipment rental business at 5649 Akron Cleveland Road, into compliance.
    Bridle has failed to meet specific requirements for conducting business in the township’s business corridor, Mayer said, including septic and other engineering design approvals from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    Bridle has made application with the EPA, Mayer said, enabling him to obtain operating permits. The case, which has been an issue since October 2016, is now being forwarded to the township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), Mayer said.
    Anderson questioned how Bridle has operated his business at the location thus far, without permits to do so.
    Mayer said any outstanding fines and JEDD payroll requirements will be addressed at the BZA meeting.
    Mayer also reported Paul Kaczmarski was named 2017 BZA chair at the most recent board meeting.
  • Trustees authorized an expenditure not to exceed $400 to repair a broken clutch in a wood chipper.
    Road Superintendent Ron Adams said the service department is readying its spring and summer seasonal equipment.
  • Trustees accepted the resignation of BZA member Anne Marie Griffith and named board alternate Michael Delahanty as her replacement.

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

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