Akron, OH
Saturday, September 23, 2023

COPLEY — Copley Township Trustees Sept. 12 placed a one-year moratorium on use of the R-CD, Residential-Conservation Development Overlay District, to allow further review of potential modifications to the district.
At the July 25 board of trustees meeting, members of the Copley Homeowners’ Association (CHOA) spoke about their concerns with the zoning designation. At that meeting, CHOA representative Carl Talsma said the zoning was enacted to protect wetlands and greenspace but can have the opposite effect in that it “maximizes density to the point of being higher than our highest allowable density.”
Following the approval of the moratorium, Trustee Jim Schulte said it will allow time for the Zoning Department and the public to make comments on whether R-CD should stay in the zoning code or be removed. Members of the CHOA in attendance thanked the board for approving the moratorium.
Also at the meeting, Service Director Greg Tracy announced that the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Interstate 77 bridge project is on track with traffic lanes expected to be restored in December, with northbound traffic on Route 21 expecting a lane closure in the first week of October. He added the removal and replacement of the South Cleveland-Massillon Road sidewalk is expected to begin this month.
The board also thanked resident Walter Hansen for his donation to the township of a painting he created showing the Copley Gazebo during a snow storm.
In other business, trustees approved:
• contracts with CTL Engineering, Inc. to provide construction inspection, testing and special inspection services during construction of the new Police and Fire Facility at a cost of $60,000 and with Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. to provide peer review, as required by the Ohio Building Code, of the tornado shelter design for the new facility at a cost of $3,900;
• renewal of the township’s employee wellness initiative, Well-Beats, for another year beginning Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024 at a cost of $4,404. Township Administrator Janice Marshall said participation in the program has increased and there is no cost increase with the renewal;
• a purchase order of $6,851 to the City of Stow for Copley’s share of the purchase of the Metro SWAT Bear CAT Armored vehicle. Police Chief Michael Mier said this vehicle is used “to protect our officers when they go on a SWAT call.” Mier also recognized those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, announced Coffee-with-a-Cop is scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the 47 Flight Memorial Drive Chick-fil-A and reported that Dispatcher Merl Rich was nominated for a Gold Star Award from the Ohio Public Safety Telecommunications Association.
• acceptance of an additional $2,285 for the 2023-24 State of Ohio, Division of EMS, Training and Equipment Grant
• a budget amendment of $31,026 to cover the purchase of three leased vehicles in the Fire Department. Fire Chief Chris Bower said the end of the five-year lease on the vehicles is approaching and the department wants to get at least 10 years of service out of them, adding that “If we don’t do this we will spend more money than this in very short order.”
The Board also held a swearing in ceremony for Police Officer a William Diesch at the meeting.
Copley Township Trustees next meeting Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Copley Township Hall, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. The meeting is also available for viewing at www.copley.oh.us, under “Government” and “Board of Trustees Meeting Videos.
September 21, 2023
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